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WORLD
Jan 17, 2023

German defense minister quits at crunch moment for Ukraine aid

Christine Lambrecht resigned on Monday after months of heavy criticism over Berlin's stuttering response to the war in Ukraine as well as a series of gaffes.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jan 17, 2023

Russia and Belarus flags banned at Australian Open after Ukraine protest

The red, white and blue stripes of Russia were seen Monday during a first-round clash between Ukraine's Kateryna Baindl and Russia's Kamilla Rakhimova on Day 1.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jan 17, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo to make Saudi debut in friendly against PSG

The highly anticipated showdown, which reportedly had more than 2 million online ticket requests, will take place in Riyadh on Thursday.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jan 17, 2023

Olympics to screen on free-to-air TV in Europe from 2026 to 2032

The European Broadcasting Union and Warner Bros. Discovery presented a joint bid to acquire all media rights across 48 countries in Europe, as well as Israel.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 17, 2023

Ukraine missile toll rises to 40 as Russia denies attack

Emergency services gave the new toll specifying that three children were among those dead, and that 29 people were still unaccounted for.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jan 17, 2023

Theerathon strike seals AFF Cup triumph for Thailand

Thailand coach Mano Polking admitted it was not a 'beautiful' performance, but praised the professionalism shown by his team.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 17, 2023

Runaway Antarctic ice sheet collapse not 'inevitable,' study says

As global temperatures rise, there is mounting concern that warming could trigger so-called tipping points that set off irreversible melting of the world's massive ice sheets.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 17, 2023

Three pitchers set to complete Japan's 30-man roster for WBC

The official confirmation of the 30 players is expected by the end of the month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023

Business chiefs and economists brace for recession as Davos begins

A separate survey of chief economists, released by the World Economic Forum, found two-thirds expect a worldwide recession in 2023 as businesses cut costs.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 17, 2023

Takakeisho takes outright lead with easy win over Sadanoumi

The ozeki is chasing a third grand tournament crown that could see him promoted to the highest rank of yokozuna alongside Mongolian-born powerhouse Terunofuji.
Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech in Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 21, 2023

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hints at comeback with torching of Swedish Embassy

By having his supporters torch the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad, the unpredictable Shiite cleric has dragged an administration run by his rivals into a diplomatic crisis.
From the outside, the light-brown complex that is Fuchu Prison in western Tokyo could easily be mistaken for a city hall.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
May 19, 2024

Fuchu Prison adapting to foreign prisoners

The penitentiary houses the biggest population of foreign prisoners in Japan, and as such is taking measures to accommodate them in terms of language, culture, food and lifestyle.
Isamitsu Knives makes their blades in large batches to optimize the use of both the resources at its disposal and its small team of three smiths.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 16, 2024

‘A good knife is not only about the steel’

Founded in 2022, the knife-making process at Isamitsu Knives differs from industrial manufacturers in small but significant ways.
The Central Business District on a rainy day in Beijing. Both U.S. and European companies with exposure to China could be hit by its sluggish growth as its post-COVID-19 momentum has faltered rapidly.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 21, 2023

China's sagging economy looms over quarterly results around the world

Both U.S. and European companies with exposure to China could be hit by that economy's sluggish growth as its post-COVID momentum has faltered rapidly.
Shonannoumi (right) defeats Nishikigi on Day 12 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jul 20, 2023

Nishikigi suffers surprising loss as Hokutofuji claims share of first place at Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

Hokutofuji rejoined his fellow rank-and-filer in pole position for the title after 12 days.
Russian warships take part in a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, in July 2019. Without a decisive victory in Ukraine, Russia's influence in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Middle East will likely decline.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 16, 2024

The Ukraine war threatens Russia’s regional influence

The war in Ukraine has undermined Russia’s capacity to project power and looks set to redefine its role in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
New Zealand's Hannah Wilkinson celebrates after her teams victory over Norway at the Women's World Cup in Auckland on Thursday.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Jul 21, 2023

Australia and New Zealand get Women's World Cup off to rousing start with wins in front of record crowds

Australia and New Zealand earned slim victories at home to kick off the Women's World Cup.
Plaintiff Miyuki Ariga (left) speaks at a news conference along with her lawyer, Yoshitomo Morohashi, after filing a lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 13, 2024

Japanese stripper bids to have her porn movies taken off internet

Having the porn videos in which she featured available to be streamed online causes damage to her image as an artist and dancer now, Miyuki Ariga says.
Police cordon off an area near the site of a shooting in Auckland on Thursday.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Jul 20, 2023

Women's World Cup teams shaken but safe following deadly shooting in Auckland

"New Zealand Football are shocked by the incident in Auckland this morning," NZ Football said. "We can confirm that all of the Football Ferns team and staff are safe."
Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe holds a news briefing at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 in Tokyo on Oct. 25.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 19, 2024

Honda CEO apologizes to shareholders for test fraud

Shareholders voted to approve a proposal to reappoint Toshihiro Mibe and other directors to Honda's board.
Mid-match water breaks have become common occurrences at J. League games as temperatures have risen in recent years.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Jul 20, 2023

Soccer feeling the heat from Japan's scorching summer

Postponements of matches reflect the growing challenges facing amateur teams as they attempt to cope with Japan’s increasingly hostile summer months.
What's believed to be loudspeakers at the top of a hill on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 15, 2024

North Korea building roads and walls inside DMZ, report says

The construction activities are taking place north of the Military Demarcation Line that runs through the middle of the DMZ, the report said.
The Brave Blossoms will face Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup in Sapporo on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Jul 21, 2023

Brave Blossoms to continue World Cup preparations against familiar opponent Samoa

Despite two big defeats against an All Blacks XV, head coach Jamie Joseph has kept changes to a minimum, bringing in just three players to the starting XV that lost 41-27 last week.
A demonstration in front of a Nagoya court in 2020 before the appeal trial for a father accused of sexually assaulting his 19-year-old daughter. Sexual violence remains a widespread problem in Japan and one affecting many young victims.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 10, 2024

Landmark sexual violence survey reveals shocking data

Sexual violence remains a huge problem in Japan. Despite recent legal reforms, much more needs to be done to prevent crimes and protect victims.
Shohei Ohtani was named to the AL All-Star team as both a hitter and pitcher for the third straight season.
BASEBALL / MLB
Jul 21, 2023

Shohei Ohtani's All-Star helmet draws winning bid of $98,010

The helmet Shohei Ohtani used in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 11 was sold for $98,010, or about ¥13.7 million, on the MLB official auction site.
Mrs. Green Apple has posted an apology on its official website after backlash over a music video that portrayed explorer Christopher Columbus in a charming way.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jun 13, 2024

J-pop act Mrs. Green Apple spikes ‘Columbus’ video after viewer backlash

A video in which band members portray Italian explorer Christopher Columbus "teaching" ape-like beings about culture? Japanese viewers are not on board with this one.
Japan might change because of you or your actions, but it will not change for you.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Jun 19, 2023

A note to people of color interested in living in Japan

When asked about what life is like here for people of color, columnist Baye McNeil summed it up with a story about sitting on a crowded train.
Padres starter Yu Darvish pitches against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Jul 20, 2023

Yu Darvish hurls six scoreless innings in win over Blue Jays

Yu Darvish throws six innings of four-hit ball to earn his seventh win as the San Diego Padres beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0.
Reliever Shintaro Fujinami was traded from the A's to the Orioles on Wednesday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Jul 20, 2023

A's trade pitcher Shintaro Fujinami to Orioles

Fujinami, 29, is in his first major league season after playing for the Hanshin Tigers in NPB from 2013 to 2022.
Hamas fighters take part in a military parade in Gaza in July to mark the anniversary of the 2014 war with Israel.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 21, 2023

Israel's historical role in the rise of Hamas

The complicated relationship between Israel and Hamas with the the "Frankenstein" Jewish state help create

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