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Singer Chris Hart is ready to say ‘I love you’ again

By Yukari Tanaka
- via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2020

The heart beats anew: For the English version of his updated single, “I Love You,” singer Chris Hart introduced a brand new storyline and lyrics to match.  | © 2020 UNIVERSAL MUSIC

American crooner Chris Hart took a break from Japan’s music scene two years ago, but now he's aiming for a fresh shot with an old ...

Summer 2020’s roster of new anime TV shows is short but sweet

By Matt Schley
- via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2020

Art of the con: In “Great Pretenders,” country-hopping con men trick baddies out of their loot with style.  | © WIT STUDIO/GREAT PRETENDERS

While this season features fewer anime releases than usual due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of shows to keep you entertained.

Japanese lawmaker wants sales tax ditched as coronavirus weighs heavily on economy

By Leika Kihara,Yoshifumi Takemoto
- via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2020

Hiroshi Ando is among a group of junior Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers proposing that Japan get rid of the sales tax and directly subsidize firms to prevent business closures. | BLOOMBERG

Hiroshi Ando said the raising of the sales tax rate to 10 percent last October was a mistake because the economy was already in a ...

Japanese author-academic Shigehiko Toyama dies at 96

via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2020

Shigehiko Toyama's book

As well as being a published author, Toyama had been an editor-in-chief of a monthly journal on English literature.

Nippon Steel appeals South Korean court-ordered asset seizure: source

via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2020

Japanese steelmaker Nippon Steel Corp. filed an immediate appeal on Friday over the court-ordered seizure of some of its assets in South Korea stemming from ...

Travel during the Bon holiday? Japan can’t get a straight answer

By Shoko Oda,Grace Huang
- via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2020

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike holds up a sign asking people to refrain from going back to their hometown or travel during the Bon holiday while giving a news conference at the metropolitan government building Thursday. | KYODO

Mid-August is a traditional time for many Japanese to leave the densely populated cities and travel to see family in rural areas. Many fear that ...

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