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Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2023

GSDF and U.S. Marines start large-scale joint drills in southwest Japan

About 800 Japanese, mainly from the GSDF's Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, and some 900 Americans are expected to be involved in the exercises.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2023

Kishida’s child care plans raise questions about who will pay and how

Details of the proposal have become a hotly debated topic as Japan looks ahead to key local elections in April.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2023

Japan and Taiwan should share intel on China balloon threat, says ex-defense chief

Some of Japan's islands are within 100 kilometers of Taiwan, so their aircraft and ships often operate in close proximity.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2023

South Korea defense paper calls North 'enemy' and estimates plutonium stockpile at 70 kg

The biennial white paper offers a glimpse into the reclusive North's growing arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles, as well as its conventional military capabilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2023

COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo reports 1,454 new cases

The number of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms fell by 12 from Tuesday to 258. New COVID-19 deaths came to 165.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 16, 2023

Retrieving smartphone data from 'Luffy' suspects no easy task, experts say

The robbery suspects were careful not to leave digital traces of their operation, communicating through an encrypted messaging app.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 16, 2023

Afghan girls turn to religious schools as prospects narrow under Taliban rule

Madrassas, part of Afghan life for centuries, rarely offer the education needed to pursue careers in law, medicine, engineering and journalism — education still available to boys.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 16, 2023

Lewis Hamilton vows to continue speaking out about social issues

Hamilton has used his platform to highlight racial injustice, promote diversity and address a range of issues from the environment to human rights.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 16, 2023

Sunak heads toward another Brexit cliff edge

A bill to scrap all EU laws retained in the U.K. at the end of the year risks more confusion and chaos.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 16, 2023

Fumio Kishida is succeeding abroad but failing at home

Kishida's polling numbers remain in the “caution area,” and there seems to be little opportunity for him to turn things around before local elections in April.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Feb 16, 2023

Canada women's coach 'proud' of team's stance during pay dispute

Canada women's team coach Bev Priestman says she is proud of her players taking a stance over equal pay and conditions but hopes the "draining" dispute with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is resolved quickly.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / MLB
Feb 16, 2023

Mike Clevinger reports to White Sox amid allegations of domestic violence and child abuse

Right-hander Mike Clevinger reported to Chicago White Sox for spring training on Wednesday despite an investigation into allegations of domestic violence and child abuse made against him.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 16, 2023

How a fog of questions over a spy balloon and UFOs fed a diplomatic crisis

U.S. officials now suspect that the balloon was sent to spy on bases in Guam and Hawaii, and that other downed objects were not surveillance machines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 16, 2023

How to power a plane with leftover Chinese hot pot

Responsible for around 2% of the world’s total emissions of planet-warming gases, the aviation industry is under pressure to find greener ways to power its jet engines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 16, 2023

One of the world’s cleanest new skyscrapers collides with the future

One Vanderbilt in New York is built to be especially climate friendly. But the design landscape is changing so quickly that some features are now yesterday's news.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 16, 2023

Truckers and subsidies rev up interest in fuel cell vehicles

Vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells, in which hydrogen mixes with oxygen to produce water and energy to power a battery, can refuel in minutes.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2023

In South Korea, free subway rides for the elderly become a political headache

In the greater Seoul area, where almost 3.7 million people are 65 or older, more than 233 million free rides were taken last year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 16, 2023

BOJ head nominee Kazuo Ueda to speak at Lower House Feb. 24, lawmaker says

The hearing will be closely watched by markets for clues on how the 71-year-old academic could steer the central bank out its prolonged ultraloose monetary policy.
Japan Times
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Feb 16, 2023

Tiger Woods still playing to win as long as body allows

Tiger Woods reflected on LeBron James' NBA career scoring record, marveling at the Lakers great's continued dominance as he tries to prolong his own superstar career.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2023

U.S. envoy to Japan hopes for 'clear, unambiguous' LGBTQ legislation

Calls for change have grown since an aide to the prime minister made discriminatory remarks against LGBTQ people earlier this month.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Feb 16, 2023

Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon bows out at 'critical moment' for independence fight

Her success has silenced many critics, but internal fault lines could be exposed by the vacuum she leaves behind.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 16, 2023

Warm water melts weak spots on Antarctica's 'Doomsday glacier,' scientists say

The glacier represents more than half a meter of global sea level rise potential, and could destabilize neighboring glaciers that have the potential to cause a further 3 meter rise.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 16, 2023

Patrick Mahomes promises to keep winning as Chiefs celebrate latest Super Bowl victory

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes vowed to win more Super Bowl titles as the team celebrated with thousands of fans during a victory parade on Wednesday to mark their latest Super Bowl triumph.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 16, 2023

Japan's upscale vending machines now offer caviar and wagyu

Aided by the pandemic push to minimize contact with others, food-dispensing machines have emerged as a rare spark of growth for the ailing sector.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / MLB
Feb 16, 2023

Angels' Shohei Ohtani expected to pitch on opening day

If things go as planned, Ohtani will start against the Oakland Athletics on March 30 at Oakland Coliseum after returning from the WBC.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle death toll rises to five as recovery starts

The cyclone cut off entire towns, washed away farms, bridges and livestock, and inundated homes, stranding people on rooftops.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 16, 2023

World Bank chief David Malpass to step down early amid climate criticism

In recent months, activists had called for Malpass to be ousted for what they said was an inadequate approach to the climate crisis.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Feb 16, 2023

Tensions over Mandarin on the rise in Hong Kong after reopening

Debate over discrimination against Mandarin speakers in the city has been reignited following an influx of visitors from mainland China, with a viral video stoking concerns.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Feb 16, 2023

Annual wage talks in Japan closely watched amid price hikes

In negotiations, the labor union side is demanding large wage hikes to alleviate the pressure of higher living expenses as much as possible.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 16, 2023

Three women and two children pulled from rubble in Turkey as aid reaches Syria

The combined death toll in Turkey and Syria has climbed to more than 41,000, and millions are in need of humanitarian aid.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on