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Yamaguchi secures 6th term as Komeito chief


The incumbent chief of Komeito, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, secured his sixth consecutive term as party chief on Wednesday as no other candidates threw their hat into the ring. Natsuo Yamaguchi, 66, was re-elected unopposed as in the past leadership elections. Yamaguchi assumed the leadership… Read


Bert and Ernie a 'loving couple' claims writer; 'Sesame Street' disagrees


Bert and Ernie of "Sesame Street" may only be puppets, but that hasn't stopped audiences from speculating over the years that the two roommates may be more than just best friends. A longtime writer from the beloved children's show appeared to confirm they were in fact a "loving couple" on… Read


North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games, or… Read


Man arrested over attempted murder of wife during divorce argument


Police in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 64-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to kill his 55-year-old wife. According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Police said Tsutomu Otsuki slashed his wife, a hairdresser, in the neck while they were arguing in… Read


Japan's average land prices rise for 1st time in 27 years


Commercial land prices rose for a second straight year while the pace of decline in residential land prices slowed for a ninth consecutive year, the land ministry’s annual survey shows. Land prices are a key indicator to gauge how much Japan asset prices have recovered after decades of deflation. “Land… Read


Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids


Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones — really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don't lie. Their new tools for managing screen time will let you see how often you picked up the phone after bedtime or how long… Read


Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

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Japan’s Marubeni Corp said it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and will halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle global climate change. “As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into… Read


Ronaldo controversially sent off; Lyon stun Man City in Champions League


Juventus kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory at Valencia in a match overshadowed by a controversial red card for Cristiano Ronaldo, while tournament favorites Manchester City were stunned at home by Lyon on Wednesday. Ronaldo's Champions League debut for Juventus lasted less than half an hour… Read


Nishikori downs Metz champion in first match since U.S. Open semifinal


Japan's Kei Nishikori returned to action for the first time since losing in the U.S. Open semifinals with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over defending champion Peter Gojowczyk in the Metz second round Wednesday. World number 12 Nishikori defeated the 45th-ranked Gojowczyk in 94 minutes and will face either Ugo… Read


Former columnist jailed for 'abusive' posts on Suu Kyi


A former columnist for state media has been jailed for seven years for "abusive" Facebook posts about Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a court official said Wednesday, the latest case threatening free expression in the country. Ngar Min Swe was sentenced for sedition on Tuesday, Yangon's Western District Court… Read

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