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Monday,18th February 2019




National

Thirteen gay couples file Valentine’s cases to wed in Japan

Thirteen same-sex couples demanding marriage equality filed lawsuits against the government at district courts across Japan on Valentine's Day on Thursday, arguing that its refusal to allow them to marry is unconstitutional and discriminatory. Each of the 26 plaintiffs is seeking 1 million yen...Full News..

Politics

Campaign starts for referendum on U.S. base plan in Okinawa

Campaigning began Thursday ahead of a referendum in Japan's Okinawa on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. The non-binding vote will be held on Feb 24, with Gov Denny Tamaki campaigning against the relocation of the Futenma airbase. The base is...Full News..

International

U.S.- China open high level trade talks in Beijing

U.S. and Chinese negotiators kicked off two days of high-level trade talks in Beijing on Thursday hoping to resolve a festering dispute that has cast a shadow over financial markets and global growth outlook. Pressure to seal an accord ahead of a March 1 deadline set by Donald Trump appears to...Full News..


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Sports

Diego Simeone’s extend contract until 2022 in Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid says it has extended the contract of coach Diego Simeone until 2022. Simeone’s current contract was set to expire at the end of next season. Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed. The 48-year-old Argentine coach played for Atletico as a defensive midfielder in...Full News..

Economics

Rakuten EXPRESS expands service area to 14 cities in metropolitan Tokyo

Rakuten Inc has expanded the coverage area of the Rakuten EXPRESS door-to-door delivery service to include the 14 cities of Fuchu, Chofu, Nishitokyo, Mitaka, Kodaira, Hino, Musashino, Tachikawa, Tama, Kokubunji, Koganei, Inagi, Komae, and Kunitachi in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Rakuten EXPRESS...Full News..

Entertainment

2018 Films Featured More Diverse Leads Than Ever, Study Finds

The top films in 2018 featured more female and people of color in lead roles than ever before, according to a new study from the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. In a report released Tuesday, researchers found that women were the lead or co-lead in 40 of the...Full News..


Crime

Probe of IOC’s Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation,...Full News..

Environment

Foreign students and Japanese still delivering water in northeastern Japan

Japanese and foreign students from around the world joined together in a volunteer project in this city in northeastern Japan heavily hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, delivering bottled water and smiles to residents still living in temporary housing. A total of 100 students,...Full News..

Life Style

Hilton commits to cutting environmental footprint in half

HONG KONG-  Hilton has unveiled plans to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030. Hilton will institute science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions and send zero soap to landfill. The company will also double the amount it spends with local...Full News..


Science & Technology

Facebook rolls out video service worldwide

Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out globally its Watch video service, which has already been available in the United States for more than a year. "We designed the product not just in a mindless consumption but in order to get people engaged," said Fidji Simo, Facebook's vice president for...Full News..

Bangladesh News

Ex Prime minister Khaleda’s trial to be held at old central jail

The trial in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed against Ex Prime minister of Bangladesh and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others is to be held today inside Dhaka Old Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road, where Khaleda has been serving jail in another case. The BNP chief is serving five...Full News..

More News

Japanese beef is gaining fans abroad, but are they eating it wrong?

Wagyu is gaining a following far beyond Japan, but diners in the West may be missing out on the best of its flavor. This premium beef, it turns out, is not really cut out for steaks. In the Japanese grading system, the level of marbling -- the intramuscular fat that gives wagyu its silky,...Full News..