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U.S. and South Korea near tentative troop-funding deal, report says

Asia Pacific Apr 1, 2020

U.S. and South Korea near tentative troop-funding deal, report says

The U.S. and South Korea have tentatively reached a military cost-sharing agreement, the Yonhap news agency reported, potentially ending months of bickering over demands from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump for a massive increase. The announcement could come as early as Wednesday, the ...

Tokyo to keep city-run schools closed through May 6

National Apr 1, 2020

Tokyo to keep city-run schools closed through May 6

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will keep city-operated schools closed through May 6 and ask wards and other cities in the metropolis to follow suit, a day after coronavirus infections in the capital hit a daily record of 78. The metropolitan government had previously said it ...

Meet the expat comedians who keep Tokyo smiling

Stage Apr 1, 2020

Meet the expat comedians who keep Tokyo smiling

by Elina Davydova

Probably the biggest paradox of stand-up comedy is that while there are no schools of humor — no Bachelor of Laughs degree, not even a “funny” skill on Linkedin to endorse your friend for — stand-up comedians are out there in good numbers. Even ...

Olympic flame passed to Fukushima in low-key ceremony

Olympics Apr 1, 2020

Olympic flame passed to Fukushima in low-key ceremony

Tokyo 2020 organizers left the Olympic flame in the hands of Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday, where it will be on display in a lantern for the next month after the games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The handover took place ...

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

Sports Apr 1, 2020

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes – such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players – who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring sport athletes regardless ...