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JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 13, 2023

Traditional ama fishing in Mie in danger as diver numbers plunge

The method is practiced primarily by women and is characterized by skin-diving and a hand-catching method that prevents overfishing.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 13, 2023

22 allege sexual harassment or assault by Japan film directors in study

Forty-nine respondents said they had witnessed instances of sexual assault or sexual harassment by directors and producers, while 46 said it was abundant.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 13, 2023

A (literal) passport out of Russia: Give birth in Argentina

Since the Ukraine war, pregnant Russians have been flocking to the South American country, where obtaining citizenship is relatively easy if your child is born there.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 13, 2023

Chinese-brokered deal upends Middle East diplomacy and challenges U.S.

The Americans, who have been the central actors in the Middle East for the past three-quarters of a century, now find themselves on the sidelines during a moment of significant change.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Mar 13, 2023

Doan strikes late as Freiburg edges lowly Hoffenheim

Freiburg will host Juventus on Thursday in a Europa League last-16 clash, hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Mar 13, 2023

Miyagi to start use of smartphone app to aid nuclear accident evacuation

The app is aimed at speeding up evacuation by enabling residents to skip the process of having to go to evacuee reception stations to be allocated to shelters.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Mar 13, 2023

Seoul to bid for 2036 Games without Pyongyang, says mayor

Seoul will remain flexible to the idea of holding a few events in the Demilitarized Zone or Pyongyang if relations improve enough by that time.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 13, 2023

China's new premier warns 2023 growth target will be 'no easy task'

Beijing set the economic growth target of "around 5%" this month, one of the lowest in decades as China emerged from strict "zero-COVID" rules that dragged on its GDP.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Mar 13, 2023

'Everything Everywhere' dominates at Oscars, capping award-season sweep

The unconventional sci-fi drama won seven Academy Awards, including best picture, while Michelle Yeoh made history as the first Asian best actress winner.
Japan Times
BASKETBALL
Mar 13, 2023

South Carolina tops NCAA women’s tournament field

The 2023 tournament will formally open Wednesday when the first play-in games will be contested.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 13, 2023

China's Xi stresses security, calling its military a 'Great Wall of Steel'

Speaking for the first time in his precedent-breaking third term as head of state, Xi called for China to step up its ability to safeguard national security and manage public security.
Japan Times
BASKETBALL
Mar 13, 2023

Seedings for NCAA men’s tournament show wide-open field

The tournament has an on-any-given-Sunday feel, where blue bloods don’t feel so rich, mid-majors don’t feel so middling and every team enters with questions — even at the top.
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BUSINESS
Mar 13, 2023

China is still backing an elusive breakthrough for solar panels

Developers are racing to bring perovskite — solar cells that are theoretically more powerful, cheaper and less energy intensive to produce than existing technology — to the mass-market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2023

Rice into low-carbon plastic: bringing hope to a struggling Fukushima town

A toasted rice aroma hangs around the factory line, where rice is combined with small plastic beads, heated and kneaded before being extruded in thin rods.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 13, 2023

Seoul mayor calls for South Korean nuclear weapons to counter threat from North

Oh, an influential member of President Yoon Suk-yeol"s People Power Party, is one of the highest-profile officials to advocate for a South Korean nuclear weapons program.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 13, 2023

A lost decade worse than Japan’s threatens to change U.K. forever

U.K. faces handicaps including soaring inflation that make it a very different economic environment to 1990s Japan.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 13, 2023

Casualties in Donetsk mount as Russia and Ukraine fight for Bakhmut

Kyiv said Russian forces had suffered more than 1,100 dead in recent days in the Bakhmut area, while Moscow said 220 Ukrainian services members had been killed in 24 hours of fighting.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 13, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank collapse puts Fed's faith in a strong, low-risk financial system to the test

The failure of the 16th largest U.S. lender threatens to morph into a systemic shock, undermining confidence in bank deposits and touching off more destabilizing runs.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 13, 2023

Fueled by Ukraine, European arms imports double in 2022

With a 93% jump compared to the year before, imports have also increased due to accelerating military spending by European states including Poland and Norway, researchers said.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Mar 13, 2023

Scheffler romps to Players Championship win and reclaims top ranking

A winning total of a 17-under 271 brought Scheffler his sixth career title and second in his last four starts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 13, 2023

After Silicon Valley Bank failure, U.S. acts to shore up confidence in banking system

The move will not lead to losses by American taxpayers and all depositors, including those whose funds exceed the maximum government-insured level, will be made whole.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 13, 2023

North Korea launches missiles from submarine as U.S.-South Korea military drills start

North Korea said it fired two “strategic cruise missiles” from a submarine, hours before South Korea and the U.S. kicked off their largest joint military exercises in five years.
Japan Times
Rugby
Mar 13, 2023

Ireland stays on course for Grand Slam after Six Nations win over Scotland

Ireland, which has claimed the Triple Crown and has its sights now set on a Grand Slam, now leads the Six Nations table with 19 points from four games, four ahead of second-placed France.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Mar 13, 2023

Osamu Dazai gets silly while facing fears in 'The Flowers of Buffoonery'

Translator Sam Bett brings out the fragile personalities in the author"s early novella, a predecessor to his modern classic novel “No Longer Human."
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Destination Restaurants
Mar 12, 2023

Dewaya: Sansai cuisine worthy of a pilgrimage

Chef Haruki Sato prizes the freshest ingredients, even if that means digging them up in the dead of winter.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 12, 2023

Shohei Ohtani homers to power Samurai Japan to victory over Australia

Shohei Ohtani connected on his first home run of the WBC and Yoshinobu Yamamoto struck out eight batters to help Japan finish the first round 4-0.
Japan Times
Rugby
Mar 12, 2023

Brave Lupus overcome early red card to beat Green Rockets

Green Rockets briefly held a 20-18 lead on Christian Laui"s converted try early in the second half before the tide turned in favor of the visitors.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 12, 2023

Shinji Kagawa goal helps Cerezo secure first league win of season

The result was a relief for manager Akio Kogiku"s side, which began the campaign with a draw and two defeats.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 12, 2023

Iran confirms death sentence for Swedish-Iranian dissident

The Islamic Republic of Iran executes more people every year than any other nation except China, according to rights groups including Amnesty International.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Mar 12, 2023

Tobizaru upsets lone ozeki Takakeisho to open Spring Basho

Takakeisho, the highest-ranked wrestler in Osaka due to yokozuna Terunofuji"s absence, can secure promotion to sumo"s top rank by winning a fourth Emperor"s Cup this month.

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