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Construction of stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics completed at cost of ¥157 bil


Construction work has been completed at Tokyo's National Stadium, set to be the centerpiece of next year's Olympic Games, the site's owners said on Tuesday. The Japan Sports Council said the final work had been completed on Thursday with just the final quality and safety checks remaining before the stadium… Read


Abe ties record for Japan's longest-serving PM


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tied Japan's record for longest-serving premier on Tuesday - a remarkable feat for a leader who once quit in humiliation - amid economic worries and allegations that he violated election laws. Abe, 65, has won relatively high marks for his diplomacy. His warm ties with U.S.… Read


Toyota employee's suicide caused by workplace harassment


Labor authorities have determined the suicide of a Toyota Motor Corp employee in 2017 was caused by harassment from his superior, a lawyer for the man's family said Tuesday. The worker, who died at the age of 28, developed an adjustment disorder after he was constantly verbally abused by his… Read


Lawsuits detail deadly U.S. Navy collision off Japan's coast


A lawsuit filed Monday details a desperate scramble for safety as water rushed in when a container ship collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer off Japan's coast two years ago, killing seven sailors. The lawsuit filed against Tokyo-based NYK Line by survivors of the collision and relatives of those killed lays out… Read


Smoke shrouds Sydney’s skyline as wildfires burn nearby


Thick smoke from wildfires has shrouded Sydney and its surrounding areas with health experts warning residents with medical conditions to remain indoors. The Sydney skyline was barely visible with air quality in some parts of the city reaching over hazardous levels early Tuesday. Shane Fitzsimmons, the state’s rural fire commissioner,… Read


Tsutsugo made available to MLB team by Yokohama


Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo has been made available to major league teams through the posting process by Yokohama of Japan's Central League. Major league clubs have until 5 p.m. on Dec 19 to negotiate with Tsutsugo, who turns 28 on Nov 26. A corner outfielder, Tsutsugo hit .272 this year with… Read


Woman arrested over attempted murder of son

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Police in Daisen, Akita Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a woman in her 30s on suspicion of attempting to kill her elementary school son by strangling him. According to police, another member of the family called 110 at around 6:40 p.m. Monday and said a woman had tried to… Read


Police question Kobe teachers over bullying of colleague


Police have started questioning schoolteachers in the city of Kobe involved in the bullying of a 25-year-old male colleague, a source close to the matter said. The police are questioning the teachers on a voluntary basis after a local education board said last month the male teacher at Higashisuma Elementary… Read


U.S., S Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 bil demand


South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a $5 billion U.S. demand for the bill. The breakdown in talks was a sharp and rare… Read


Trump's doctor dismisses speculation of chest pain


Donald Trump's doctor on Monday denied reports that the U.S. president had recently suffered chest pain after he attended an unannounced medical checkup in Washington. Trump, 73, spent just over an hour on Saturday having "examinations, labs and discussions" at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his physician Sean… Read

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