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JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

Business Jun 2, 2020

JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

East Japan Railway Co. will accelerate plans to open 100 unmanned convenience stores within the next four years, sources close to the matter said Tuesday, as it takes advantage of the need to reduce human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company's first unmanned convenience ...

Minister rejects accusation of shady cash deal over virus aid payouts

Business Jun 2, 2020

Minister rejects accusation of shady cash deal over virus aid payouts

Industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama on Tuesday rejected criticism of the government's coronavirus-relief program amid allegations of a possible shady cash deal related to the subcontracting of government-commissioned work involving a major advertising agency. Service Design Engineering Council in Tokyo won the bid for the government's ...

South Korea to resume WTO complaint over Japan's export controls

Business Jun 2, 2020

South Korea to resume WTO complaint over Japan's export controls

South Korea said Tuesday it will reopen its complaint at the World Trade Organization over Japan's tightened export controls, saying Tokyo has not shown willingness to settle the ongoing bilateral trade dispute. South Korea's Trade, Industry, and Energy Ministry had given its Japanese counterpart until ...

Sony delays PlayStation 5 event amid unrest in U.S.

Business / Corporate Jun 2, 2020

Sony delays PlayStation 5 event amid unrest in U.S.

Sony Corp. on Monday postponed a streamed event at which it was to showcase games tailored for new-generation PlayStation 5 consoles, stepping back amid growing unrest in U.S. cities. The digital showcase of PS5 games had been set for Thursday. Japan-based Sony did not indicate ...

Imperial Palace reopens to public after two-month closure

National Jun 2, 2020

Imperial Palace reopens to public after two-month closure

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace grounds reopened Tuesday to the public after a closure of about two months due to the novel coronavirus. Despite the resumption, the number of visitors will be limited to 50 each in the morning and afternoon, as part ...

Olympic skateboarding hopeful Sky Brown fractures skull

More Sports Jun 2, 2020

Olympic skateboarding hopeful Sky Brown fractures skull

Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain's youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram and ...

MLB owners propose 50-game micro season: report

MLB Jun 2, 2020

MLB owners propose 50-game micro season: report

In the back-and-and-forth negotiations between Major League Baseball players and owners, intended to get the 2020 season started during the coronavirus pandemic, the latest counterproposal from owners is for a micro season in the neighborhood of 50 games, ESPN reported Monday. The owners originally proposed ...

Floyd Mayweather offers to pay for George Floyd's funeral

Boxing Jun 2, 2020

Floyd Mayweather offers to pay for George Floyd's funeral

Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs ...

Ryotaro Meshino departs relegated Hearts as loan spell ends

Soccer Jun 2, 2020

Ryotaro Meshino departs relegated Hearts as loan spell ends

Midfielder Ryotaro Meshino will part ways with Hearts following their relegation from the top-flight Scottish Premier League, the club said Monday. The 21-year-old Japanese Olympic team prospect joined Hearts on a season-long loan from Manchester City last August, soon after transfering to the English Premier ...

J. League teams hold first full-team practices since stoppage

J. League Jun 2, 2020

J. League teams hold first full-team practices since stoppage

With the J. League first division set to resume in a month, several clubs held their first full-team practices Monday since the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of play in late February. Reigning champions Yokohama F. Marinos were among the sides who hit the training ...