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Ozeki Goeido adds to lead on 11th day

Ozeki Goeido capitalized on a slip-up by his closest rival to move two wins clear at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.After Chiyotairyu crashed ...

Fukura to remain as Orix manager

Junichi Fukura has accepted the Orix Buffaloes' request that he stay on as manager for 2018, the 57-year-old said Wednesday.It will be the third full ...

Date says coaching not part future plans

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date said Wednesday she has yet to give life after sport a serious thought, as she is still going back ...

Power and purpose in democratic politics

Could U.S. President Donald Trump's recent overtures to Democrats be a sign that he is embracing centrist politics?

Brace for the coming robot arms race

Even if mankind can avoid a nuclear apocalypse, the coming AI and robotic revolution may prove an equal existential challenge.

Hurricane Trump makes landfall in Manhattan

The Trump administration's apparent determination to break the Iran nuclear deal is causing global alarm, for good reason.

LDP struggles to reach consensus on Article 9 revision ahead of snap election

Senior lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed on Wednesday that while the party may include constitutional revision as an official campaign pledge in ...

Japan household assets rise to fresh record in June

Financial assets held by households rose 4.4 percent from a year earlier to a record ¥1.832 quadrillion at the end of June, up ...

Yahoo Shopping search rankings under scrutiny for stealth marketing

One of Japan's biggest online retail sites, Yahoo Shopping, is under scrutiny for how it displays search results, with products from companies paying more in ...

Nuclear watchdog orders Amazon to halt sales of product containing radioactive materials

The Nuclear Regulation Authority has ordered the Japanese arm of Amazon.com Inc. and two other companies to suspend sales of products containing radioactive tritium in ...

Two more arrests in Wales over London Underground bombing, police say

Two men were arrested Wednesday over last week's London Underground terrorist attack in which 30 people were injured, bringing the total number of people in ...

Japan trade balance returns to surplus on strength of auto, electronics exports

The nation's trade balance returned to surplus in August as exports rose 18 percent year on year boosted by brisk shipments of automobiles and electronic ...

Trump's fire and brimstone U.N. speech hands Abe a win on North Korea, but will victory be pyrrhic?

Experts warn that Trump's threat could reinforce Pyongyang's belief that nuclear weapons remain the sole means of securing the regime's safety.

Toshiba selects Bain-led group for chip unit sale, as relationship with Western Digital sours after lawsuit

The consortium also includes the state-backed Innovation Network Corp. of Japan, the Development Bank of Japan, South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. and four U.S. technology ...

Pliskova cruises past Linette at Pan Pacific Open

Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova outclassed Polish qualifier Magda Linette in straight sets in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on ...

Japan doesn't need to criminalize hate speech

Considering constitutional issues and the risk of creating 'martyrs,' the current law strikes the right balance.

With every new construction in Japan, less trees

When houses are demolished, there is a very bad habit here of cutting down all the trees on the plot, leaving the ground cleared and ...

Abe's snap election to cost taxpayers ¥60 billion to ¥70 billion

Some may question the decision to hold a costly election, but records show that the tenure of current members is actually longer than average.

Hitachi Metals claims Chinese companies stole trade secrets

Hitachi Metals Ltd. filed a complaint with a U.S. trade commission Tuesday, claiming Chinese manufacturers stole secret processes for making amorphous metal ribbon that's lighter ...

Sony-Olympus joint venture to market advanced HD surgical microscope

Sony Olympus Medical Solutions — a medical joint venture set up by Sony and Olympus in 2013 — says it has developed a new surgical ...

17 delicatessens in eastern Japan close over E. coli outbreak

An operator of delicatessens in eastern Japan said Wednesday it has closed all 17 of its stores after some locations were hit by an E. ...

Sapphire Slows is getting more vocal, and not just in her music

When she first emerged on Tokyo's bedroom producer scene in 2011, Sapphire Slows shot to prominence almost instantly, scoring a release on voguish Los Angeles ...

'Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boi to Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Garu': A bumbling Romeo falls into love

Many are the Japanese movies about virginal guys who are hopeless with women. One template is “Train Man,” a 2005 hit about a shy otaku ...

'The Miracles of the Namiya General Store': Nostalgia-fueled tears are on sale at this shop

Japanese critics are calling “The Miracles of the Namiya General Store” the “most tear-inducing” story ever adapted from a Keigo Higashino novel. The best-selling author ...

Japan welcomes Trump's rebuke of North Korea's abduction of Japanese

Sakie Yokota, the mother of Megumi Yokota , who was abducted by North Korea as a teenager , on Wednesday hailed U.S. President Donald Trump's ...

Japan marks two years to go until 2019 Rugby World Cup

Japan celebrated two years to the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo's Shibuya ...

New Koike-allied party to field dozens of candidates in Abe's snap election: Wakasa

A new party envisioned by a lawmaker close to popular Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike plans to field several dozen candidates in an upcoming general election ...

Darvish reaches 200 strikeouts but fails to get 10th win

Yu Darvish didn't allow an earned run and struck out seven while pitching into the sixth inning but missed out on his 10th win of ...

Tepco to make legal safety vow as it seeks restart of reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant

The head of Tepco said Wednesday that the company will make a legal safety pledge — in response to a request by the nation's nuclear ...

Japanese firms boost measures to promote employee health, enhancing their image in the process

Some companies are ramping up efforts to maintain and improve the health of their employees, such as sending them to remote health resorts where they ...

Durant sorry for 'idiotic' Twitter shot at Thunder

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant apologized on Tuesday for exchanges with fans on Twitter about his departure from Oklahoma City Thunder, branding his comments ...

Couple sue Juntendo hospital over fatal complications from labor-inducing drug, anesthetic

A woman and her husband are suing Juntendo University Hospital in Tokyo for ¥140 million in damages, claiming the wife suffered a uterine rupture and ...

Taro Kono, Boris Johnson meet on UN sidelines, affirm unity in pressuring North Korea

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and British counterpart Boris Johnson agreed Tuesday in New York on the need for the international community to put pressure collectively ...

Schools, firms ramping up efforts to train volunteers for 2020 Tokyo Games

With less than three years to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a surge of interest has been seen in people hoping to be trained ...

Study tallies cancer cases and deaths across Japan

In the most recent study of its kind, the National Cancer Center said Wednesday that new cancer diagnoses in Japan totaled 862,000 people in 2013, ...

Japan continues to support Iran nuke deal, Abe tells Rouhani on heels of Trump speech

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on Tuesday that Japan continues to support a 2015 agreement on Iran's nuclear ...

U.S. Navy budget cuts, 100-hour workweeks draw scrutiny in Congress amid recent deadly collisions

As grieving family members watched, top U.S. Navy leaders and lawmakers on Tuesday said frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and nearly a decade of budget ...

U.S., South Korean troops stage mock battle to retake village near North Korean border

The screech of incoming fire followed by an explosion resounds across forested hillsides near the border between North and South Korea.Battalion commander Rob Kimmel of ...

Astronomers begin project to capture most detailed view of space using Very Large Array radio telescope

Employing an array of giant telescopes positioned in the New Mexico desert, astronomers have started a massive surveying project aimed at producing the most detailed ...

Okazaki helps Leicester oust Liverpool from League Cup

Japan international Shinji Okazaki came off the bench to score the opening goal as Leicester City beat Liverpool 2-0 at home to reach the fourth ...

Phelps says 'no desire' for another comeback

Michael Phelps wondered if watching others compete at the world championships would pique his desire for another comeback.Nope. Phelps said Tuesday he has “no desire” ...

Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, ...

At U.N., Trump's tough talk opens door for Macron's diplomacy

French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations on Tuesday, a position that could enable ...

Toshiba selects Bain-led consortium as buyer of its memory chip unit

Embattled Toshiba Corp. has selected a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital to buy its prized memory chip unit, three people with ...

Dying Japanese villages, towns run gas stands to keep vital supply chains going

In Shimukappu, a village in Hokkaido and home to a popular skiing resort, residents are to reopen the sole gas station, which closed four years ...

Tillerson says restrictions on Iran's nuclear program must be extended indefinitely

The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its ...

Mariners' Iwakuma admits he is done for season

Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder inflammation since May, admitted Tuesday he will be sidelined for ...

Bosnia mass grave so far yields at least 65 skulls of alleged executed non-Serb civilians

The remains of at least 65 victims have been retrieved from a mass grave recently found in central Bosnia, forensic experts said Tuesday about the ...

White man accused of murdering two Louisiana blacks had Hitler speech; racial motive not ruled out

A 23-year-old white man arrested Tuesday was accused of killing two black men and firing on a black family in a string of attacks that ...

Man in Wales third to be arrested in London subway attack that left 30 wounded

British police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the bomb that partially exploded on a London subway last week.Police said they arrested a ...