The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN)—The mascots of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games finally have names — Miraitowa for the Olympics and Someity for the Paralympics.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — Two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu is expected to start the upcoming season with the Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Canada, from Sept. 20, it has been learned.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — The ongoing heat wave has boosted sluggish consumer spending, with sales of air conditioners, beer, ice cream and other popular summer items on the rise.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — With the enactment of the casino resort law on Friday, competition is already heating up among local governments to host casino resorts. However, measures to deal with gambling addiction are effectively being ignored.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Mitsubishi Corp. is among Japan’s foremost general trading companies, and the work that it does has changed significantly with the times. What is a trading company, and how will such firms evolve in the future? In this installment of Leaders, a column featuring corporate management and senior executives, The Yomiuri Shimbun put such questions to company President and Chief Executive Officer Takehiko Kakiuchi.

KURASHIKI, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - I couldn’t believe my eyes. A washing machine was hanging from the top of a utility pole. The height seemed to be about 5 meters.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — The Japanese and Indian governments plan to jointly build an emergency medical care center specialising in trauma surgery in the Indian capital city of New Delhi in response to mounting demand for trauma surgery mainly due to a rapid increase in traffic accidents in India.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A casino resort bill, the first of its kind in Japan, was expected to be enacted after passing the House of Councillors on Friday evening. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Sales of fuel cell vehicles, which have been considered the “ultimate eco-cars” as they emit no exhaust gases, remain stuck in low gear, mainly because of a slow rollout of hydrogen stations to supply fuel to these cars.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Konami Digital Entertainment Co. said Thursday they will jointly stage a baseball tournament starting this autumn through an online computer game.