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Report: Malaysia to stop renewing work permits for North Korea workers.

Malaysia is stiffening unilateral sanctions against North Korean workers in the country, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.

- UPI - US

Airline apologises for making wheelchair user climb up boarding ramp on his hands.

By Amy WangA Japanese budget airline has apologised to a passenger in a wheelchair who was made to board a recent flight by crawling up a staircase using only his hands.The incident took place on June 5, as Hideto Kijima was preparing...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Fiscal 2016 saw Japan's first tax revenue decline in seven years.

Japan's tax revenue totaled around ¥55.5 trillion in fiscal 2016, down from ¥56.29 trillion in fiscal 2015, sources said Wednesday, marking the first ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Abe preparing September visit to India to promote bullet train tech.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is arranging to visit India in late September to attend a ceremony for a high-speed rail link using Japanese bullet train ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Shareholders urge utilities to end nuclear power generation, are snubbed by management.

Anti-nuclear shareholders in major Japanese utilities called for an end to nuclear power generation at general shareholders' meetings on Wednesday, citing safety concerns and a ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Real-time tracking and projection mapping keeps getting better.

Japanese creative studio P.I.C.S. have set a mindbending new standard for real-time tracking and projection mapping with their latest visual creation, EXISDANCE. The technology has been around for a while, although it arguably first captured the mai...

- Engadget - US

Japan's Vanilla Air forced to apologise after forcing wheelchair user to crawl on board.

The airlines now says it will provide a special chair to aid mobility disabled passengers at Amami airport.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

North Korea calls for execution of ex-S.Korea leader over 'assassination' plot | Reuters.

By Jack Kim | SEOUL SEOUL North Korea said on Wednesday it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for what it said was a plot to assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair over.The North's official KCNA said "revelation showed" ...

- Firstpost - IN

International youth tourney.

THE 2017 Shanghai International Youth Football Tournament kicked off in Yangpu District yesterday. Coming into its fifth year, the tournament features 10 Under-12 teams from home and abroad, including those sent by top clubs like AC Milan and Japan’s Yokohama Marinos, as well as the Royal Spanish Football Federation. ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

No detectable limit to how long people can live.

By analyzing the lifespan of the longest-living individuals from the USA, the UK, France and Japan for each year since 1968, investigators found no evidence for such a limit, and if such a maximum exists, it has yet to be reached or identified.

- ScienceDaily - US

More Canadians working for Japanese auto-parts makers than U.S. ones.

Honda and Toyota manufacturing divisions assembled more than 1 million vehicles last year, representing 44 per cent of all passenger cars and light trucks made in Canada

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Malmström clashes with Greenpeace over EU-Japan deal's 'green' credentials

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström made the case on Monday for new trade deals with foreign partners, as fresh criticism emerged about ongoing talks with Japan.

- EurActive - UK

US and Japanese fighters are reportedly getting missiles ideal for striking North Korea

Flickr/US Air Force US F-16s in South Korea and Japanese F-35s are both set to get long-range missiles that are ideal for striking North Korean mobile missile launchers. The US Air Force in South Korea recently increased the range and strength of its aircraft with 10 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, or JASSMs, that ...

- Business Insider - US

I work in room service at a 5-star hotel — these are the biggest things I wish guests wouldn't do

.NOW WATCH: JIM ROGERS: I like depressed markets like Russia, China, and Japan

- Business Insider - US

Toshiba sues WDC for a cool billion bucks

You could say the flash JV partners' relationship is at rock bottom Toshiba is suing WDC in a Tokyo court for ¥120bn , alleging unfair competition.…

- TheRegister - UK

Japan carrier forces wheelchair-bound man to crawl onto plane

A Japanese budget airline apologised on Wednesday for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight.Hideto Kijima, 44, was returning earlier this month to Osaka from ...

- The Hindu - IN

Japanese airline forces disabled man to crawl aboard

The Japanese man, paralysed below the waist, had to pull himself aboard without assistance.

- BBC - UK

Alleged member of Japanese crime group nabbed in PHL

Immigration officials have arrested an alleged member of a Japanese organized crime group wanted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for multiple cases of fraud.

- GMA News - PH

Defense minister draws flak for implying SDF support of LDP candidate in Tokyo assembly poll

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada fended off calls for her resignation Wednesday after she suggested the Self-Defense Forces backed a Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Former Japan forward Havenaar to join Vissel

Vissel Kobe are set to sign former Japan striker Mike Havenaar from Dutch side ADO Den Haag, a source with the J. League first-division club ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Teen Okuno handed wrestling worlds berth

Haruna Okuno will fill the vacant women's 55-kg slot on Japan's team for the world championships in August, the Japan Wrestling Federation's development director revealed ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan-EU trade negotiations at crucial moment: Kishida

Japan and the European Union are at a crucial moment in their attempt to sign a free trade deal, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Cerezo, Tokyo gain upper hand in J. League Cup playoffs

Cerezo Osaka and FC Tokyo each took a step toward the last eight of the J. League Cup on Wednesday after winning the first leg ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Koike party and affiliates seen securing Tokyo assembly majority: Jiji survey

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's regional party and affiliated groups are likely to secure a majority in the 127-seat Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly in Sunday's election, according ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run, the fourth of the game for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 6-5 win over the Hokkaido ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Only one war-displaced Japanese person still living in North Korea: report

North Korea knew of eight war-displaced Japanese people remaining its territory after 2004, but seven of them have already died, a pro-Pyongyang paper said Wednesday. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan is reportedly arming its F-35 fighters with a missile perfect for targeting North Korean nuclear sites

F-35 Joint Program Office Japan has previously resisted the temptation to purchase air-to-surface missiles for its fighters out of concern that its neighbours would accuse Tokyo of deploying an offensive military capability. Given the deteriorating security in northeast Asia, however, the government has decided to upgrade ...

- Business Insider - US

Japan carrier forces wheelchair user to crawl up plane stairs

OSAKA - Japanese budget airline Vanilla Air has apologised to a wheelchair user after he crawled up boarding stairs in a dispute with a staffer at an airport in southern Japan.

- BangkokPost - TH

Japan outlaws restrictions on resale of LNG cargoes

Ruling is latest push to liberalise liquefied natural gas market as supplies increase

- Financial Times - US

Nintendo Switch Sales Pass 1 Million In Japan

Nintendo has officially announced that its Nintendo Switch sales have passed the 1 million sales mark in Japan, just 17 weeks after launch, with Switch stock in retail establishments still selling out consistently even now. The Nintendo Switch launched back on March 3rd 2017 and is now available to purchase worldwide ...

- Geeky Gadgets - US

A Japanese airline forced a paralyzed man to crawl onto the plane

Tokyo - A Japanese budget airline apologized Wednesday for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight. Hideto Kijima, 44, was returning last month to Osaka from a vacation in Amami, a small island off southern Japan, when an Vanilla Air employee told him that company safety rules banned ...

- Business Insider - US

The top 50 dream companies for business students around the world

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Google is on top yet again. The company is famous for its appealing perks, great pay, and an exceptional workplace culture — so it's no surprise that undergraduate business students find the search giant to be the most desirable employer. Universum, a global research and advisory firm, ...

- Business Insider - US

Leading Japanese asset manager Nomura is using AI to help portfolio managers digest data

BI Intelligence This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Financial institutions across all industry sectors are increasingly experimenting with AI technology in an effort to augment their human staff's capabilities, with leading Japanese ...

- Business Insider - US

Lone Navy sailor plays taps for fallen shipmates

Seven U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Fitzgerald slammed into a cargo ship in Japanese waters. A fellow sailor played taps to honor their memory and say, "We have the watch."         


Soaring costs threaten Games future, IOC warns

The IOC has praised Japanese organisers for slashing costs for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

- Daily Nation - KE

IOC says Tokyo budget efforts key for future bidders

TOKYO, June 28 — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates praised efforts by Tokyo organisers to lower the budget for the 2020 Summer Games, saying cost control was important for attracting future bid cities. Figures...

- The Malay Mail - MY

People stood in line outside 'world's best' ramen restaurant for 10 days

This is the price to pay for "world's best." Famed Japanese ramen joint Ichiran, crowned the world's best by Forbes in 2016, recently opened a new overseas outlet in Taipei, Taiwan. SEE ALSO: Marry your love of instant noodles and fried chicken with this incredible burger People were so excited about it that there was a ...

- Mashable! - US

What Might be Missing in the Muslim World?

Recently, Chinese, Japanese and other educators have found that rote learning and endless drills produce high achievers without creativity, originality, or the ability to think for themselves. Western academic standards of rationality and objectivity

- Hudson New York - US

Toshiba still working on chip sale, sues WD

Toshiba announced that it has not yet reached a final deal with its preferred bidder for its memory chip business. A week ago it named named a consortium of the Innovation Network Corp of Japan, Bain Capital and the Development Bank of Japan as the preferred bidder and said it aimed to reach a final agreement by 27 June. ...

- Telecompaper - NL

North Korea threat boosts bomb shelter sales in Japan

Japanese demand for private bomb shelters has grown as North Korea continues to carry out frequent missile tests.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Japanese carrier Vanilla Air forces wheelchair-bound man to crawl onto plane

A Japanese budget airline apologised Wednesday for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight. Hideto Kijima, 44, was returning earlier this month to Osaka from a vacation in Amami, a small island off southern Japan, when an Vanilla Air employee told him that company safety rules banned ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

BOJ keeps snapping up debt, but pace of bond purchases slowing

The Bank of Japan continued its spending spree on government debt, although the pace of increase has slowed dramatically since the introduction of yield-curve control ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan helps Myanmar set up 250 revenue-generating postboxes

Myanmar will get help from Japan to replace postboxes in three major cities with new designs that offer advertisement space to reform the nation's aging ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Hokkaido salmon catch seen dropping due to colder waters: research institute

A Hokkaido research institute predicts about a 4 percent drop in the catch of salmon in prefectural waters this autumn due to colder waters that ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Tokyo stocks end three-day winning streak after U.S. IT share tumble

Stocks snapped their three-session winning streak on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, following an overnight sell-off of U.S. information technology issues. The 225-issue Nikkei average ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Nagoya Basho contenders looking to stay cool in tournament known for upsetting the odds

With the release of the new banzuke rankings on Monday, thoughts turned to the upcoming Nagoya Basho. The steamy capital of central Japan hosts a ...

- The Japan Times - JP

New employees ready to challenge Japan's 'work-first' culture, study shows

Japanese workers devoting themselves to working massively long hours for their employers might be becoming a thing of the past. Nearly half of newly employed ...

- The Japan Times - JP

World's first Starbucks coffee shop with tatami rooms to open in Kyoto

Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto has many tourist attractions to offer, from its historic sites to scenic landscapes, and is now adding a new one ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Toshiba deal repeats Japan Inc.'s old mistakes

With their persistent interference, the bureaucrats are hurting, not helping Japan's prospects.

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan, Czech Republic to begin talks on direct flights

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka, have agreed to begin talks on an treaty to start direct flights between their countries ...

- The Japan Times - JP