Japan and the European Union on Tuesday signed an economic partnership agreement that will eliminate nearly all tariffs. Japan’s dairy industry is voicing concerns over losing market share, while its consumers are expected to enjoy lower prices for various products.
Twelve boys and their soccer coach were found alive inside a flooded cave in Thailand on Monday after they spent nine days trapped there. But experts say it may take months before they can be rescued.
Soccer fans were split over Japan’s strategy in the game against Poland on Thursday. Its head coach instructed players to pass the ball around towards the end and settle for a 1-0 defeat, knowing it was enough to advance to the knockout stage.
Critics say the first-ever summit between sitting US and North Korean leaders in Singapore on Tuesday lacks details on the North’s nuclear development as their joint statement did not include the words “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.”
An accomplished Japanese climber, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in a previous expedition, died on Monday during his eighth attempt to scale Mount Everest. The 35-year-old alpinist was found dead in a tent by Sherpas, a Nepalese government official said.
A Japanese director’s “Shoplifters”, a story of an impoverished family, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The film portrays human connections through a Tokyo family that lives in poverty.
North Korea’s state-run media said on Saturday that the abduction issue has already been settled ahead of a summit with the United States. It accused Japan of trying to disrupt the trend of peace on the Korean peninsula.
The Seattle Mariners announced on Thursday that 44-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has become a special assistant to the chairman and will not play for the rest of the season. He told reporters that he is not retiring as a baseball player.
The leaders of North and South Korea pledged to pursue denuclearization and a permanent peace at a historic summit on Friday. With a warm handshake, the two men briefly stepped over the military demarcation line to the northern side.
In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump pledged to raise the abduction issue during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected by early June.