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Japanese scientist among 3 winners of Nobel Chemistry prize for battery work

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Three scientists on Wednesday were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices in an increasingly portable and electronic world. The prize went to John B Goodenough of the… Read

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Missile interceptor drill held in Tokyo following N Korean launches

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Japan's Air Self-Defense Force conducted a missile interceptor drill at a Tokyo park on Wednesday, the first time in six years such an exercise has taken place in a public space, following a recent spate of North Korean missile launches. The drill involved a unit of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3… Read

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Canadian father sues Japanese firm for paternity leave harassment

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A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to claim paternity leave appeared in a Tokyo court Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit against the firm. It is the second paternity leave harassment case to be heard in Japan in recent weeks,… Read

Crime

Man held for killing woman in love hotel used SNS to look for suicidal people

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A 22-year-old university student who was arrested on suspicion of killing a 36-year-old woman at a love hotel in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district last month also planned to help a teenage girl kill herself after contacting her on a social networking services (SNS) site for people expressing a desire to commit… Read

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China warns Apple against 'reckless' support of HK protesters

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China's state media accused Apple Wednesday of supporting pro-democracy protesters, warning the U.S. tech giant would suffer consequences for its "unwise and reckless" decision, in an echo of campaigns against other Western firms. An opinion piece in the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, highlighted a transport… Read

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White House, Democrats spar over rules for impeachment

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The U.S. Constitution gives the House "the sole power of impeachment" — but confers that authority without an instruction manual. Now comes the battle royal over exactly what it means. In vowing to halt all cooperation with House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, the White House on Tuesday labeled the investigation "illegitimate"… Read

Crime

Model Angelica Michibata's husband arrested on extortion charge

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The 37-year-old husband of model Angelica Michibata has been arrested on suspicion of extortion after he allegedly threatened a man with video footage of him and Michibata alone in a private room. According to police, the incident occurred on Aug 7. Michibata’s husband, Kim Jung-hee, 37, is accused of extorting… Read

BASEBALL

Rays beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS at 2-2

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The Tampa Bay Rays never doubted themselves, even with Justin Verlander looking to end their season. Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, and the Rays chased Verlander early in beating the Houston Astros 4-1 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at two games… Read

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Chinese state media slam NBA in free speech row

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Chinese state media on Wednesday accused the National Basketball Association (NBA) of endorsing violence and peddling a "secessionist pipe dream" in an escalating row over comments by a team official in support of protests in Hong Kong. The tweet sent over the weekend by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey… Read

Business

Nissan names head of China business as new CEO

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Nissan has tapped the head of its China business, Makoto Uchida, as its new president and chief executive, to help lead a recovery from the leadership crisis and sinking profitability that followed the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, last year. Uchida is replacing Hiroto Saikawa, who resigned after… Read

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