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Business Jun 16, 2020

Abe eyes cutting interbank fees to promote cashless payments

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that the government will aim to cut interbank money transfer fees in a bid to promote cashless payment in the country. The interbank fees, currently decided through negotiations between banks, have not fallen for over 40 years, becoming a ...

National Jun 16, 2020

Sapporo Snow Festival to be scaled down in 2021 due to pandemic

The annual snow festival held in Sapporo in February will be scaled down next year with the sculpting of large-scale ice statues canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Tuesday. Getting support from sponsor companies to create the massive sculptures, a highlight of ...

World Jun 16, 2020

China loses landmark WTO dispute against EU

China spent four years fighting for market-economy status, a designation that would give it stronger footing with commercial partners while also curtailing their ability to retaliate over trade disputes. This week, China quietly lost that battle. The Chinese government allowed a landmark World Trade Organization dispute ...

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's father dies due to coronavirus

World / Science & Health Jun 16, 2020

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's father dies due to coronavirus

Father of Somalia-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar died on Monday night of complications from the novel coronavirus, local media reported. "It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father," the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday. "No words can describe what ...

Tokyo confirms 27 new coronavirus cases, above 20 for sixth day

National Jun 16, 2020

Tokyo confirms 27 new coronavirus cases, above 20 for sixth day

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said it confirmed 27 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, with the capital recording more than 20 cases for the sixth straight day. The figure comes after Tokyo saw an increase of daily reported cases on Monday and Sunday with 48 and 47, ...

Business Jun 16, 2020

Japan to toughen regulation of foreign investments in medical firms

The government said Monday that it will toughen regulations on foreign investment in domestic makers of drugs for infectious diseases and advanced medical equipment including ventilators. The move is aimed at preventing domestic medical manufacturers from being acquired by Chinese or other foreign entities, and ...

U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear masks

World Jun 16, 2020

U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear masks

U.S. airline passengers who refuse to wear face coverings during the novel coronavirus pandemic could have their flying privileges revoked under tougher enforcement policies, the industry's main lobby group said Monday. Major U.S. airlines may prevent anyone not wearing a mask from boarding and provide ...

Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori aiming to compete at U.S. Open

Tennis Jun 16, 2020

Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori aiming to compete at U.S. Open

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka intends to compete at this year's U.S. Open, as does fellow countryman Kei Nishikori, who has been recovering from a right elbow injury, their management company said Tuesday. The pro tennis tour has been put on hold since March ...

Tibet's only soccer club folds over altitude dispute

Soccer Jun 16, 2020

Tibet's only soccer club folds over altitude dispute

Tibet's first and only professional soccer team has become the latest in a string of Chinese clubs to fold, following a row over hosting matches in one of the highest cities in the world. Lhasa Chengtou played only two games in the Tibetan capital — ...

Tokyo 2020 executive says another delay should be an option

Olympics Jun 16, 2020

Tokyo 2020 executive says another delay should be an option

Tokyo 2020 board member Haruyuki Takahashi has said a further delay to the already-postponed Olympics should be considered instead of canceling the event if the COVID-19 pandemic does not improve, Japanese daily Nikkan Sports reported on Tuesday. The Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee ...