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Thanks to technology, your loved one can always be with you, in your pocket — or under your thumb. The post For long-distance lovers, apps that make the heart grow fonder appeared first on The Japan Times....
From: Japan Times | By: Samantha Cubbison | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Toshiba Corp. has approved the decision by its troubled U.S. nuclear unit, Westinghouse Electric Co., to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, people close to the matter said Wednesday — a move that will allow the embattled conglomerate...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs. The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President...
From: Japan Times | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday it will use parliamentary authority to investigate whether the head of controversial school operator Moritomo Gakuen lied during sworn testimony before the Diet last week. Yasunori Kagoike was hauled before...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants. Special...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A spirited Hillary Clinton took on the Trump administration Tuesday in one of her first public speeches since she lost the presidential election, criticizing the country’s Republican leaders on everything from health care to the shortage of women appointees...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless...
From: Japan Times | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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German prosecutors say they’ve had a 30-year-old Afghan man arrested on suspicion he commanded a Taliban unit responsible for an attack on a convoy that killed 16 American and Afghan soldiers. Prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that Abdullah P.,...
From: Japan Times | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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A government labor reform panel adopted a final report Tuesday calling for revised labor laws capping overtime at 100 hours a month and improving conditions for nonregular workers. The government aims to submit related bills to the Diet by the end of...
From: Japan Times | By: Reiji Yoshida | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case calling for the removal of a “comfort women” statue in California, ending a three-year legal challenge brought by U.S. plaintiffs supported by the Japanese government. The court’s decision...
From: Japan Times | By: Eric Johnston | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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With Monday’s passage of the record-high budget for fiscal 2017, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is headed for the latter half of the year’s ordinary Diet session that, in all likelihood, promises a further war of words with opposition...
From: Japan Times | By: Tomohiro Osaki | Monday, March 27, 2017
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About 146 migrants are feared dead after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian youth who was rescued following the disaster, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday. The 16-year-old was barely conscious when he was spotted by...
From: Japan Times | Thursday, March 30, 2017
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New satellite imagery taken Tuesday shows a gathering of up to 100 people at the administrative area of North Korea’s main nuclear test site — a level of activity not been seen since January 2013, a month before Pyongyang’s third atomic test, the...
From: Japan Times | By: Jesse Johnson | Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Egypt’s famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location’s second pharaonic boat. The vessel is believed to be the ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The government and private companies stepped up efforts Wednesday to assess the potential negative impact of Britain leaving the European Union as London formally notified Brussels of its withdrawal from the bloc. “There will be significant impact...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Out of 443 state secrets designated by the government as of the end of 2015 under law, 166 were not documented, an annual report released by a parliamentary panel showed Wednesday. The undocumented secrets included those designated in advance when concrete...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and map publisher Zenrin Co. said Wednesday they will collaborate to develop safe flight routes for drones. Under the “drone highway” initiative, Tepco will offer information on its power grid network, such...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Mobs have repeatedly attacked Africans in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. The surge in violence began Friday when a teenage boy disappeared in Greater Noida, outside New Delhi, and angry...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit Russia around April 27 to 28 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an effort to make a breakthrough in a decades-old territorial dispute, sources close to bilateral ties said Wednesday. Abe plans...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Kirin Holdings Co. will allow its transgender employees to use up to 60 days of paid vacation to undergo gender-reassignment surgeries, starting as early as this summer, company officials said Wednesday. The major Japanese beverage group hopes the move...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Westinghouse Electric Co., once synonymous with America’s industrial might, wagered its future on nuclear power — and lost. Now a unit of Japanese technology giant Toshiba Corp., Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy-court protection, citing as much...
From: Japan Times | By: Chris Cooper | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Japan and the European Union will hold working-level talks on a bilateral free trade agreement from April 3 to 5, with Tokyo’s contingent headed by a new chief negotiator, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The latest round of talks in the capital...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don’t like your approach to overhauling America’s health care. If you’re hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his visiting Mongolian counterpart, Tsend Munkh-Orgil, signed on Wednesday a bilateral medium-term action plan for 2017-2021, including cooperation in the political, security and economic fields. “I hope to promote...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A woman described as “erratic and aggressive” drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody Wednesday morning, a disruption that closed down streets near the Capitol for nearly three hours. Shots were fired during...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region. On a tour on the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a sprawling collection of islands where the Russian military...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Four Syrian towns are to be evacuated under an agreement between pro-government forces and rebels, in the latest of a series of deals to end crippling years-long sieges. The agreement, brokered by rebel supporter Qatar and regime ally Iran, is expected...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Ford is recalling more than 570,000 vehicles in North America and Europe to fix separate problems that can cause engine fires and doors to fly open unexpectedly. The recalls will hit the company’s bottom line in the first quarter of this year. Ford...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its new Galaxy S8 smartphones, incorporating the virtual assistant Bixby, as the market leader seeks to rebound from a chaotic handset recall and a corruption scandal. The South Korean giant’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, told...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt while governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was at the State Museum in Albany on Tuesday as workers prepared the Packard Phaeton for shipment to an antique vehicle...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Syrian engineers and Red Crescent officials on Wednesday visited a spillway of a key dam west of the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa, opening the gates and relieving pressure, according to the aid organization and Syrian Kurdish media. The...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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While the impending start of the world championships created urgency for USA Hockey and the women’s national team to hammer out a deal, the agreement had everything to do with tournaments over the next four years and beyond. The sides finalized an...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Japan Association of Athletics Federations is considering changing the national marathon team selection process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in a bid to bring more transparency to the procedure, a source close to the situation said Wednesday. Under...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State’s de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group’s last major urban stronghold....
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Japanese audiences never seem to tire of movies about dogs and cats. The millions of devoted pet owners here are certainly one reason, though the Brits, also known for their animal worship, do not express it as often in films. Masatoshi Kurakata’s...
From: Japan Times | By: Mark Schilling | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Japan Times had the privilege of welcoming William Hiroyuki Saito, a special advisor to the Cabinet Office on cybersecurity to a lecture held at The Japan Times’ Nifco Hall on March 13. Having entered the University of California, Riverside, at...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Matt Ross is probably best known for his role in the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley,” where he plays the arrogant CEO Gavin Belson of Google-like IT giant Hooli. Belson is a man wired deep into the matrix, for whom nothing matters more than massive...
From: Japan Times | By: Giovanni Fazio | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A ruling Liberal Democratic Party security policy panel urged the government Wednesday to let Japan directly strike North Korean missile bases in the event Pyongyang stages a ballistic missile attack on the country. Specifically, the panel urged the...
From: Japan Times | By: Reiji Yoshida | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The U.K. started the clock on two years of negotiations to withdraw from the European Union on Wednesday, a divorce that will redefine the country’s relationship with its largest trading partner and bring to an end decades of deepening political integration...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday postponed a decision on whether to approve decommissioning plans for five old reactors, raising questions about whether deadlines for scrapping the units can be met. The NRA is expected to eventually green-light...
From: Japan Times | By: Eric Johnston | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Call it a massive literary hoax or twisted identity theft. Or just call it art. Either way, “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” will fascinate and at the same time cause much frustrated head-scratching. This documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig puts the novelist...
From: Japan Times | By: Kaori Shoji | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The leader of a mountaineering excursion held by a high school in Tochigi Prefecture said Wednesday that instructors thought the conditions were good enough to conduct training before an avalanche killed seven students and a teacher. “At the time,...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Families of people who have lost their loved ones to overwork blasted a report adopted Tuesday by a government labor reform panel, saying its call for creating a monthly overtime cap of 100 hours could effectively legalize long working hours at the expense...
From: Japan Times | By: Tomoko Otake | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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All the homestays I have done in my life — three of them — were psychologically traumatic in uniquely torturous ways. The post The psychological perils of a Japanese homestay appeared first on The Japan Times....
From: Japan Times | By: Damian Flanagan | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The dollar climbed above ¥111 in Tokyo trading on Wednesday, buoyed by strong U.S. consumer confidence data released overnight, as well as speculation of further interest rates hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥111.09-10,...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Gamba Osaka midfielder Yasuyuki Konno, who broke his left toe during Japan’s away World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates last week, will need four to six weeks to recover fully from the injury, the J. League club said Wednesday. Konno...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Edmonton Oilers are finally back in the playoffs. Cam Talbot made 34 saves as the Oilers officially earned a postseason berth for the first time in 11 years with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. “It’s a special feeling...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champion Brazil had been left...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Japanese professor Akira Endo will be one of this year’s Canada Gairdner Award laureates for his discovery of statins, an achievement that led to the development of cholesterol-lowering medicines, the award’s foundation said Tuesday. Endo, 83, a...
From: Japan Times | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Yield-starved Japanese investors are taking out the cash stashed under the futon and plowing it into potentially risky securities. Faced with domestic bond yields below zero and a rally in global equities that only recently had some wobbles, domestic...
From: Japan Times | By: Viren Veghela and Narae Kim | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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