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Former Notre Dame star, NBA forward Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

10 hours 55 min ago
Tommy Hawkins, the first black basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year ...

Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

11 hours 2 min ago
A wild otter was caught on film on Nagasaki Prefecture’s Tsushima Island in February, marking the first sighting of the mammal in Japan in 38 ...

Padres’ Weaver retires after 12-year pitching career

11 hours 16 min ago
Padres right-hander Jered Weaver announced his retirement before San Diego played the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.Weaver, a three-time All-Star, battled health issues since signing with ...

Japan sprinters hungry for greater success

11 hours 17 min ago
Another medal-earning feat by the Japan men’s 4×100-meter relay team at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London was certainly an encouraging sign, and now ...

Japan’s first Gundam Base to woo model-building fans in Odaiba

11 hours 30 min ago
Bandai Co. is looking to tap Japan’s expanding tourism market by opening a Tokyo shop dedicated to selling, building and painting plastic models of robots ...

New U.S. ambassador William Hagerty arrives in Japan, vows strong economic and security ties

11 hours 31 min ago
William Hagerty, the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, vowed Thursday to maintain “ironclad” bilateral security ties in the face of North Korea’s escalating nuclear and ...

U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as talks on NAFTA revisions begin

11 hours 43 min ago
The United States drew a hard line for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at slashing trade deficits ...

Top seeds advance on day filled with upsets

12 hours 3 min ago
Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova — the No. 1 seeds in the Western & Southern Open — advanced with straight-set wins Wednesday, while the rest ...

Philippine war on drugs and crime intensifies, with at least 58 killed in three days

12 hours 18 min ago
At least 26 people died Wednesday night in police operations in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed ...

Japan plans installation of land-based Aegis missile defense system amid North Korea threats

12 hours 21 min ago
The Defense Ministry plans to introduce a land-based Aegis missile defense system to respond to North Korea’s missile threats and will seek funding in the ...

South Korea’s Moon speaks out on wartime forced laborers’ right to seek redress from Japanese firms

12 hours 53 min ago
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday a postwar agreement that led to normalization of diplomatic ties with Japan should not infringe on the rights ...

Reported child abuse in Japan rises to a record in fiscal 2016, adding stress to overstretched welfare workers

12 hours 54 min ago
Reported child abuse incidents are on the rise as consultation centers nationwide handled a record 122,578 cases in fiscal 2016, a health ministry survey showed ...

Cool, soggy summer curtails leisure-based profits in Tokyo

12 hours 57 min ago
Persistent rain and low temperatures are putting a damper on summer business at Tokyo’s leisure facilities and retailers as expectations for a hot summer rapidly ...

Regional banks’ merger dilemma

13 hours 19 sec ago
Regional banks pursuing mergers to ensure their survival should also scrutinize their operations to find areas where they can improve their performances.

China and the North Korean nuclear challenge

13 hours 1 min ago
Japan and South Korea have managed to live for years with the reality of vulnerability to North Korea's nukes. There is no reason why the ...

For the sake of productivity, put a woman in charge

13 hours 2 min ago
A shift from long hours to efficient, goal-oriented work is exactly the right medicine for white-collar Japan

Ishikawa shifts focus to next season, securing PGA Tour card

13 hours 6 min ago
Ryo Ishikawa said Wednesday that winning the season-ending Wyndham Championship is not a realistic season-ending goal.Instead, he simply wants to prepare to battle his way ...

Dodgers stage ninth-inning rally in dramatic triumph over White Sox

13 hours 20 min ago
Yu Darvish gave up three homers in his home debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers and missed out on a chance at a ninth win.The ...

Working cancer patients face pay cuts, mounting medical bills, lack of awareness, study shows

13 hours 34 min ago
Medical advances are enabling more cancer patients to return to work after treatment, but not without difficulties. Many face pay cuts and struggle to cover ...

NPO looks to set up LGBT hospitality venue during 2020 Tokyo Olympics

14 hours 23 min ago
A Japanese nonprofit group is preparing to set up a hospitality venue for LGBT athletes and fans during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to ...