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People under 20 to remain subject to Japan’s gambling ban even after adult age is lowered

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

The government plans to continue banning people under 20 from gambling even after the adult age is lowered from the current 20 to 18, sources said. | BLOOMBERG

The Japanese government plans to continue prohibiting people under 20 from participating in publicly run gambling events after the adult age in the country is ...

15 Japanese rescued after being stranded by floods on Borneo

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Malaysian authorities said Monday they have rescued 15 Japanese tourists who were stranded by flooding in a remote village on Borneo island.The Malaysia Civil Defense ...

Tokyo looks to tap tech of small firms not involved in defense for SDF equipment

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Defense Ministry documents obtained by Kyodo News show the ministry is exploring incorporating small companies' technologies to use to equip the Self-Defense Forces. | KYODO

The Defense Ministry has begun searching for technologies developed by small and medium-size Japanese firms to use in equipment produced domestically for the Self-Defense Forces, ...

Golf great Matsuyama reveals he’s been married since January, a father since July

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Justin Thomas (left) and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan wrap up their final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. | AP

Hideki Matsuyama announced on Monday that he has been married since January and is now a father, news that caught Japanese media and fans by ...

Briefed on Guam plan, Kim puts North Korean forces on alert as Mattis warns U.S. ready to intercept missiles

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

This U.S. Navy handout photo released on Aug. 10 shows U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as he speaks with the crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) during a visit to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington, on Aug. 9. | WYATT L. ANTHONY / U.S. NAVY / VIA AFP-JIJI

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Monday that the U.S. military would be prepared to intercept a missile fired by North Korea if it was ...

Japan working on inviting U.N. chief Guterres for visit by end of year

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference in Kabul on June 14. | KYODO

The government is arranging to have U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres visit Japan by the end of this year, a diplomatic source said Sunday.If realized, ...

Anti-smoking bill leaves details of size of restaurants exempted from ban undecided

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

The health ministry and ruling Liberal Democratic Party have been unable to find common ground to regulate indoor smoking. | KYODO

The government has drafted legislation for regulating passive smoking that will ban smoking basically at all frequently used public spaces, but left undecided how small ...

Officials assure U.S. war with North Korea not imminent but more possible now than decade ago

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A man watches a television screen Thursday showing U.S. President Donald Trump (lef) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul. When North Korea makes a threat, the government in Seoul vents its anger while South Korean citizens mostly shrug off what can seem like a daily barrage of hostility. Trump has introduced a new wrinkle to this familiar pattern. His recent Pyongyang-style threat to unleash 'fire and fury' on the North has been met with silence from the top levels of government in Seoul — and worry, sometimes anger, from the country's citizens. | AP

Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea’s is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war ...

Bolt bids emotional farewell to track on final day of world championships

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Usain Bolt stops to make his signature pose during a lap of honor on the final day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Sunday in London. | AP

Usain Bolt took a last leisurely stroll around the track, placed his hands over his heart and then pointed toward the stands, where barely a ...

Matsuyama comes up short at PGA

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Hideki Matsuyama hits from the bunker on the 10th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. | AP

Hideki Matsuyama missed his chance to become the first Japanese man to win a major when he finished in a tie for fifth at the ...

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