At trial, Dentsu chief admits ad giant guilty of ignoring illegal levels of overtime

At trial, Dentsu chief admits ad giant guilty of ignoring illegal levels of overtime

The president of advertising giant Dentsu Inc. on Friday admitted in court that it allowed employees to work illegal levels of overtime, leading the high-profile case sparked by the suicide of former employee Matsuri Takahashi closer to its rare public...
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Amazon’s Twitch ready to take on Japan’s game-streaming market

Amazon’s Twitch ready to take on Japan’s game-streaming market

Amazon’s game-broadcasting and social-video company, Twitch, is stepping up efforts to expand its presence in the nation that invented Mario, Pokemon and the PlayStation. Twitch, which is currently participating in the four-day Tokyo Game Show that runs unti...
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Extra Diet session on Sept. 28, Suga confirms

Extra Diet session on Sept. 28, Suga confirms

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally decided Friday to convene an extraordinary Diet session next Thursday, which Abe is expected to immediately close by dissolving the Lower House despite opposition allegations that it would constitute a violatio...
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Kim directly warns Trump as North Korean foreign minister says response may include Pacific H-bomb test

Kim directly warns Trump as North Korean foreign minister says response may include Pacific H-bomb test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered a scathing rebuke Friday of U.S. President Donald Trump, calling him “mentally deranged” and vowing to make him “pay dearly” for threatening to “totally destroy” his country — a possible allusion to furth...
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Trump Moves to Widen U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

Trump Moves to Widen U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

Some critics of Mr. Trump praised him on Thursday for focusing on diplomatic pressure rather than saber rattling. R. Nicholas Burns, a former under secretary of state under President George W. Bush, said the new American sanctions were “a smart...
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Diabetes continues to trend up in Japan with 10 million suspected adult cases

Diabetes continues to trend up in Japan with 10 million suspected adult cases

About 10 million adults are strongly suspected of having diabetes in Japan, a 2016 survey by the health ministry showed Thursday. The figure, up by 500,000 from the previous assessment in 2012, has been on a rising trend since 1997,...
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Ishigaki mayor to propose official name change of disputed islands in Okinawa

Ishigaki mayor to propose official name change of disputed islands in Okinawa

NAHA – The city of Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture said Thursday its mayor plans to propose changing the name of a group of islands over which it has administrative authority to officially include “Senkaku.” Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama is pushing for...
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VR attractions to take center stage at Tokyo Game Show

VR attractions to take center stage at Tokyo Game Show

KAZUAKI, NAGATA – With the debut of high-end virtual reality gaming systems for home use, 2016 was heralded as the dawn of the VR era. But while the technology basked in the spotlight, some questioned whether there was substance behind...
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Hokkaido ‘workations’ breathe fresh air into telecommuting

Hokkaido ‘workations’ breathe fresh air into telecommuting

SHARI, HOKKAIDO – With a view of Mount Shari in the distance and an ocean breeze wafting in from the Sea of Okhotsk, working in this coastal community in northeastern Hokkaido is certainly an escape from the hustle and bustle...
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U.S. colleges still attract international students despite country’s racial tensions: USC president

U.S. colleges still attract international students despite country’s racial tensions: USC president

Despite the heightened state of racial tensions in the United States, interest in the nation’s higher education system remains strong among international students, the president of the oldest private university in California said. Speaking to The Japan Times...
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Rural areas wooing city slickers to idyll dwellings in Japanese countryside

Rural areas wooing city slickers to idyll dwellings in Japanese countryside

KYOTO – As working-age Japanese depart the countryside in droves, leaving behind graying populations, rural authorities are trying to counter the trend by turning idle real estate into homes for city dwellers seeking a quieter lifestyle. The Kyoto Prefectura...
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