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Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2023

China warns U.S. risks catastrophe with moves to ‘contain’ Beijing

Foreign Minister Qin Gang calls Washington’s approach toward Beijing a reckless gamble that threatens the future of humanity.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2023

Japan's Cabinet OKs overhaul of immigration system

Proposed revisions to the immigration law would increase reviews of detentions, ease deportation rules and add a status of quasi-refugees.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 7, 2023

'Xi Jinping's guy': Longtime acolyte Li Qiang set to be China's next premier

Leadership watchers say Li Qiang"s closeness to Xi is both a strength and a vulnerability: While he has Xi"s trust, he is beholden to his longtime patron.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 7, 2023

Former MLB star Park Chan-ho wants kids to learn from Shohei Ohtani

The retired pitcher, who won 124 games in the majors, thinks the Angels two-way star is capable of inspiring future generations of talent in Asia.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2023

Sea otters could disappear from Japanese aquariums

In the peak year of 1994, there were 122 of the crowd-pleasing sea mammals in 28 aquariums across the country. Now, there are only three.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2023

New efforts to pick tourism envoys for a 'genderless and borderless' era

Some local governments" selection events have dropped requirements such as "unmarried women" and are opening the competition up to different genders.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 7, 2023

New warship to help Japan tackle manpower issues amid growing security threats

The MSDF launched a new frigate Tuesday that is not only cheaper to build than the larger, general-purpose destroyers, it can also be operated with half as many crew members.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 7, 2023

Japan real wages slump most since 2014 despite government push for more pay

Real cash earnings for Japan’s workers declined 4.1% from a year earlier in January, slipping for a 10th consecutive month, suggesting Japan is still far from a virtuous economic cycle.
Japan Times
Rugby
Mar 7, 2023

Jamie Joseph seeks best mix and condition from Japan's World Cup run-up

The Brave Blossoms will kick off their campaign against Chile on Sept. 10 before facing England, Samoa and Argentina in Pool D.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2023

SoftBank's Arm likely aiming to raise at least $8 billion in U.S. IPO

Arm is expected to confidentially submit paperwork for its initial public offering in late April, two sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2023

Japan firms sign up for greater scrutiny of rights issues in supply chains

Companies such as Kirin have joined a platform that allows for allegations of human rights violations to be filed against member companies through an online process.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2023

China's demand for Japanese cosmetics remains weak, says analyst

With premium brands now available online and on Hainan Island at lower prices than in the past, there is no longer a reason to travel to Japan just to buy them, Wakako Sato says.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 7, 2023

Ukraine seeks U.S. cluster bombs to adapt for drone use

Kyiv has urged members of Congress to press the White House to approve sending the weapons but it is by no means certain that the Biden administration will sign off on that.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Mar 7, 2023

Red Bull plays down talk of sweeping Formula One season

Such a sweep would be unprecedented in a championship that started in 1950 with far fewer rounds than the current record 23.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2023

Trudeau orders review of alleged Chinese election interference

A series of media reports in recent weeks said Trudeau received intelligence briefings alleging that China meddled in past votes that returned the prime minister to power.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 7, 2023

Japan's new rocket fails after engine issue, in blow to space ambitions

Upon reaching space, the rocket"s second-stage engine failed to ignite, forcing mission officials to manually destroy the vehicle.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 7, 2023

Less than 1% of Earth has safe levels of air pollution, study finds

About 99.82% of the global land area is exposed to levels of particulate matter 2.5 above the safety limit recommended by the World Health Organization.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2023

U.S. House Speaker McCarthy plans to meet Taiwan president in the U.S. in April

The meeting in California with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen could replace the Republican Speaker"s anticipated but sensitive trip to the democratically governed island.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 7, 2023

Women still barred as Afghan universities reopen for men

The university ban is one of several restrictions imposed on women since the Taliban stormed back to power in August 2021 and has sparked global outrage.
Japan Times
SOCCER / Women's World Cup
Mar 7, 2023

Football Australia chief says Saudi sponsorship won't align with WWC

Both Australian soccer"s governing body and New Zealand Football said last month that they had not been consulted by FIFA on the deal, which has not formally been announced.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Mar 7, 2023

Japan's first AI manga has people asking: Is it machine magic or art menace?

The creator of "Cyberpunk: Peach John" says he isn"t good at drawing, but he didn"t let that stop him from illustrating a manga.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 7, 2023

Kim’s powerful sister threatens action ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

Kim Yo Jong said that Pyongyang is monitoring the maneuvers while remaining on standby to take ‘appropriate, quick and overwhelming action at any time.’
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2023

Japan offers $1.6 billion to aid Australia’s coal-to-hydrogen plan

The Japan Suiso Energy joint venture aims to begin production in the late 2020s, supplying an initial 30,000 to 40,000 tons a year of clean hydrogen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 7, 2023

Yen has scope to jump around 60% if BOJ normalizes and Fed eases

Within the ¥136 to the dollar range, the Japanese currency is around 30% cheaper than its "equilibrium fair value," a level that analysts peg at around ¥100 per dollar.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 6, 2023

Shohei Ohtani thrills fans with two homers as Japan beats Hanshin in WBC warmup

Ohtani and Lars Nootbaar thrilled the packed crowd at Kyocera Dome Osaka during Japan"s win over the Tigers.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 6, 2023

Climate change is launching a mutant-seed space race

Seeds are being exposed to more-intense solar radiation in space in a trial to induce genetic mutations so they can survive a warming planet.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 6, 2023

South Korea announces plan to resolve wartime labor dispute with Japan

Funds for compensating wartime laborers would be raised by “voluntary” private sector donations to a South Korean foundation, with Japanese firms possibly among those that donate.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 6, 2023

Is biodegradable better? Making sense of 'compostable' plastics.

Some fear these "magical" solutions could lead to further environmental havoc and even encourage more wasteful consumption.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 6, 2023

Japan players to watch besides Shohei Ohtani during 2023 World Baseball Classic

Looking past some of the obvious names on the roster, these players are key to Samurai Japan"s attempt to win the title for the first time since 2009.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 6, 2023

Taiwan warns of possibility of Chinese military's 'sudden entry' nearby

China has stepped up its military activities around Taiwan in recent years, including almost daily air force incursions into the island"s air defense identification zone.

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