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Kobe Bryant Did a Very Dramatic Reading of a Poem About Steve Urkel.

Kobe Bryant wants to know, "Did I do that?"

- TIME Magazine - US

May the gold Darth Vader mask be with you for $1.4 mn.

A solid gold Darth Vader mask is going on sale in Japan, with a $1.4 million price tag for a one-of-a-kind likeness of science fiction's most famous villain.Jeweller Ginza Tanaka on Tuesday showcased ...

- The Hindu - IN

17 stunning photos that show what the radioactive area around Chernobyl looks like more than 30 years after the explosion.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters On April 26, 1986, a radioactive release 10 times bigger than the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power station inside the Soviet Union. It would go down in history as one of the worst disasters of its kind. The explosion blasted radioactive gas and dust into the air, and ...

- Business Insider - US

Emmanuel Macron's Campaign Was Targeted by Russian Hackers, Researchers Say.

Researchers at a Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro called it 'serious'

- TIME Magazine - US

North Korea holds live-fire drills to mark military anniversary, South Korea says.

The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program.

- Global News - CA

Japan`s Shinzo Abe to visit Russia for Putin meet.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said Tuesday, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute.

- Zee News - IN

North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary.

The exercise took place as a US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program.

- Times Of India - IN

Japan's Abe to visit Russia for Putin meet.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said today, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute.

- Times Of India - IN

Japan's Otsuka aims to apply for TB drug approval in India in 90 days.

MUMBAI - Japanese drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical aims to apply for approval of its tuberculosis drug delamanid in India within three months, a senior company official said, as calls grow for expanded access to the life-saving medicine.

- Reuters - US

A Japanese artist takes on a country that despises tattoos.

Body ink is strongly associated with organized crime in Japan.

- Washington Post - US

Kobe Bryant emerges from retirement with a slam poetry performance about...Steve Urkle?.

Kobe Bryant is a legend on the basketball court, but he's much, much more than that. The former shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to promote his new film, Dear Basketball and while there, he had an opportunity to flex on the haters by whipping out an ...

- Mashable! - US

Japan Post set for $360m loss on Toll writedown

New generation of Japanese stock investors introduced to profit warnings

- Financial Times - US

Ongoing Tensions With North Korea Prompt Military Exercises by the U.S. and Its Allies

The exercises are happening in Japan and South Korea

- TIME Magazine - US

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

PARIS — Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The ...

- SFGate - US

Volvo cheers profit boost thanks to strong European demand

Swedish truck makers Volvo notched up a larger than expected profit boost on Tuesday thanks to strong demand in Europe and Japan.

- The Local - SE

North Korea stages massive artillery drill. US nuclear sub docks in South

April 25, 2017, 9:28 AM Tensions around Korea shot up further Tuesday when the North began a large-scale, long-range artillery fire drill in Wonsan on the east coast, and the USS Michigan nuclear submarine docked in South Korea. Kim Jon-un is said to be supervising the drill which marks another anniversary, the founding of ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Japanese PM hopes to implement peace treaty in Moscow visit

April 25, 2017, 12:12 PM Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia Thursday for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Tuesday. While the North Korean crisis will no doubt be discussed, as well as political, trade, humanitarian and economic cooperation, Abe hopes to implement a historic agreement for ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Government takes aim at Japan firms' tax paperwork burden

A government panel has started discussions on ways to reduce the clerical workload of private companies responsible for reporting residential tax information. The regulatory reform panel, led by Hiroko Ota, a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, is discussing a system in which municipal ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Marbury holding talks with several Chinese clubs, agent says

Stephon Marbury's agent says they are in talks with several clubs in China after the former NBA All Star parted ways with the Beijing Ducks last weekend. Wang Meng told The Associated Press Tuesday that Marbury “will definitely play one more year.” Marbury, 40, helped the Ducks secure three China Basketball ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Thai junta defends 'cheap' $393 million Chinese sub purchase

The Thai junta on Tuesday defended $393 million earmarked for a Chinese submarine, batting back criticism on the secrecy of the deal, its cost and the questionable utility of the warship. The submarine sale is the latest defense deal between Beijing and Bangkok, who have grown ever closer since Thailand's 2014 coup. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Maker of Line app says it has disclosed user information for criminal probes

Messenger app operator Line Corp. revealed Monday that it has provided private information about its users to authorities both in and outside Japan as part of criminal investigations. In a document titled Line Transparency Report, covering July to December last year, the company said the information provided on 1,268 ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Enjoy Earth Day, while you last

Earth's climate will probably recover from this human-fueled round of global warming, but on time scales that are unimaginable to humans. And perhaps without humans. The post Enjoy Earth Day, while you last appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Trump's dangerous blank check

One should welcome America's re-engagement with the world, but not if diplomacy takes a backseat to bombs and tweets. The post Trump's dangerous blank check appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

When high achievement is a pyrrhic victory

The results of tests of international competition have long been the sole basis for ranking a country's schools, but these tests fail to provide a complete picture. The post When high achievement is a pyrrhic victory appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

The populist wave breaks

The "populist wave" that seemed to be sweeping through Western politics turns out to be merely a storm in the Anglosphere teacup. The post The populist wave breaks appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Between Kim Jong Un's bluster and Trump's bluff

A resolution of the North Korean crisis requires a mixed strategy of pressure and engagement, not military threats. The post Between Kim Jong Un's bluster and Trump's bluff appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

A political earthquake rocks France

The May 7 presidential ballot will mark the first time in the modern French republic that no major party is represented in a presidential election. The post A political earthquake rocks France appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

A political tool called 'national security crisis'

The nation's deteriorating security environment explains why people continue to support the Abe administration even though they harbor doubts about it. The post A political tool called 'national security crisis' appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Warriors sweep away Trail Blazers in rout

Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted “War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!” The first-round sweep was sweet, even in Portland's house. Stephen Curry scored 37 ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Dollar stays above ¥110 in Tokyo as Nikkei tops 19,000

The dollar was firmer above ¥110 in Tokyo trading late Tuesday, inspired by the strength of Japanese stock prices, which drove up benchmark Nikkei 225 average above the 19,000 threshold. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥110.31-31, up from ¥110.07-07 at the same time Monday. The euro was at $1.0885-0885, up from ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Nikkei retakes 19,000 on overseas stock rally

Stocks gained further ground Tuesday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on the back of overnight rises in European and U.S. equities, with the Nikkei 225 average retaking 19,000 on a closing basis for the first time in about a month. The Nikkei climbed 203.45 points, or 1.08 percent, to end at 19,079.33, its first finish The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Serena fires back at Nastase over comments on pregnancy

Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase's comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. The 23-time major champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can ...

- The Japan Times - JP

North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill — but no nuke test — as U.S. submarine docks in South

North Korea and the U.S. flexed their military muscles Tuesday as Pyongyang marked the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army — without testing a nuclear weapon or conducting a major missile test. Instead, amid soaring tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the nuclear-armed North carried out large-scale, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Hanyu looks at raising bar going into Olympic season

Yuzuru Hanyu's greatness is unquestioned. Olympic champion, world champion, holder of multiple world records, he is quickly becoming the giant of his generation. Now the 22-year-old is planning for the future and examining how he can improve even more. Speaking to the media after his winning free skate at the World Team ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Newcastle seals return to Premier League

After one season in the English Championship, Newcastle United secured an immediate return to the Premier League by beating Preston North End 4-1 on Monday. Under Rafa Benitez, the former Liverpool manager who won the Champions League during his time at Anfield, Newcastle enjoyed an impressive season although two defeats ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Stevens selected to guide Kings

John Stevens spent the past seven seasons as Darryl Sutter's assistant coach while the Los Angeles Kings rose to two Stanley Cup titles and then slipped to three straight disappointing seasons. Stevens is moving into the top job with no plans to upend the system in which he played a major part. Instead, he believes The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Antetokounmpo no longer just a diamond in the rough

Giannis Antetokounmpo probably is the least favorite player of NBA writers. Just imagine trying to write “Antetokounmpo” on deadline. And that often. Antetokounmpo led his team in every major statistical category this season, points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He is the fifth ever to do so in league ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Buffaloes' Romero out with knee injury

The Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday deactivated outfielder Stefan Romero after he was ruled out for four to five weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. The 28-year-old American suffered the injury in Saturday's 4-3 win away to the Chiba Lotte Marines when he struck his knee on the wall at Zozo Marine Stadium. The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'Yes, We Love Cats Any Time!'

April 29-June 11 Cats have a long history as subjects of stories and artworks in Japan and were particularly popular in kabuki plays and ukiyo-e prints. It's believed that the animals were first introduced to Japan during the Yayoi Period and became fashionable as domestic pets for the upper class during the The post 'Yes, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'Ryan Gander: These Wings Aren't for Flying'

April 29-July 2 British multimedia artist Ryan Gander is known for his conceptual pieces created from everyday objects and materials. His works, which range from paintings to video installations, are inspired by intellectual observations, such as understanding the nature of art, exploring the act of seeing and analyzing ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'The Sophisticated Women and Men of Edo as Seen in Their Kimonos and Accessories'

April 22-July 2 Before Western clothing became popular, kimono and their accessories, such as tobacco pouches and small bags, were a form of fashion for the aristocracy , a show of individuality, sophistication and wealth. Kiyoshi Nakamura , the founder of Nakamura Shoten, a bag store in Tokyo, was an avid collector of ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Kaiho Yusho: painting privilege

The Momoyama Period artist Kaiho Yusho was renowned among the elite painters of his time, and still is. More remarkable, however, is that fame came when he was in his 60s during what is called his “early” period. Over the following two decades, he went from painting for priests to creating works for The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Pop music catches up to De De Mouse

Daisuke Endo made peace with EDM thanks to Mister Donut. The electronic artist, better known by his stage name De De Mouse, eats at the snack chain frequently. Recently, he says he has been enjoying the American pop music they pipe into the store. “They always play The Chainsmokers. It's almost like good 1980s-style ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Sugita bests Robredo at Barcelona Open

Yuichi Sugita advanced to the second round of the Barcelona Open after beating former world No. 5 Tommy Robredo on Monday. The 28-year-old Sugita, ranked 91st in the world, entered the main draw as a lucky loser. He beat the 34-year-old Robredo, currently ranked 288th in the world, 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 16 minutes. The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Tohoku reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura to resign in wake of new gaffe, sources say

Masahiro Imamura, minister in charge of reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region, intends to resign in the wake of controversial comments about the disaster, sources said Tuesday night. During a party held Tuesday in Tokyo, Imamura said “it was rather good” that the 2011 tsunami-quake disaster hit the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Reds manager Petrovic warns squad to not take Wanderers lightly in ACL rematch

Urawa Reds boss Mihailo Petrovic insists he will be taking nothing for granted when the J. League leaders take on Western Sydney Wanderers at home on Wednesday in the Asian Champions League, despite looking a strong bet to get the result they need to book a spot in the knockout phase. Reds hammered 2014 ACL The post Reds ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan Post to book first net loss since privatization

Japan Post Holdings Co. is set to fall into the red for the first time since it was privatized in 2007, posting a net loss of about ¥40 billion for the business year that ended March 31, the postal giant announced Tuesday. The reversal from its earlier estimate of a group net profit of ¥320 The post Japan Post to ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Reports of school bullying increase as Japan confronts high youth suicide rate

Schoolyard bullying has long bedeviled Japan where some students have taken their own lives after being harassed in person or online through emails, text messages and blogs. Bullying and suicide first entered Japanese national discourse in 1986, when a 13-year-old boy hanged himself in a shopping centre toilet after ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Japan's Abe to visit Russia this week for Putin meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said Tuesday, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute. The Kremlin said talks set for Thursday will focus on “the state and prospects for development of ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Yes, this is a pure gold replica of Darth Vader’s mask. Yes, you can buy it in Tokyo for $1.4 million.

A Tokyo jeweller said Tuesday it will put on sale a pure gold replica of the facial mask worn by Darth Vader, a character in the Star Wars film series, for 154 million yen . The life-size mask, weighing around 15 kilograms, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of “Star Wars” the first film in the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK