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Coca-Cola, Walmart join plan to cut plastic pollution in oceans

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Doug Woodring, an entrepreneur and conservationist who lives in Hong Kong, displays rubbish on a beach on the south side of Hong Kong in 2009. Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G-7 industrialized nations. Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy, along with the European Union, signed the Ocean Plastics Charter at a leaders summit in Canada's Charlevoix region in June. | AFP-JIJI

Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world’s oceans in support of a campaign by five ...

Despite some progress, pharmaceutical firms’ Alzheimer’s fight falling flat

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

It’s a devastating disease driving a dementia epidemic ruining tens of millions of lives, but with no new medical treatment since the turn of the ...

U.S. sanctions China military agency and its chief for buying Russian arms

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons, the State Department announced Thursday.China’s Equipment Development Department ...

Indiana Jones fedora fetches over $500,000 at auction

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

The jacket worn by Harrison Ford's character Han Solo in the 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' film is on show Sept. 6 at the Imax in central London. Han Solo's jacket from 'The Empire Strikes Back' as well as Indiana Jones's signature fedora and bullwhip are among rare movie memorabilia going under the hammer in London on Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

Indiana Jones’s signature fedora fetched more than half a million dollars at a blockbuster London auction of rare memorabilia from some of the most iconic ...

Colombian cops close Pablo Escobar museum, part of popular ‘narco tours’

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Colombian police have shut down a small makeshift museum that showcased the life and times of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, saying the building’s managers ...

Long lines form as pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A 20-year-old university student poses with a box of an iPhone XS he purchased Friday in Tokyo's Omotesando district. | KYODO

Pricier and bigger new iPhone models made their market debut in Japan on Friday, with the country’s three leading mobile carriers starting sales of the ...

California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

California says its ban on automatically giving restaurant customers plastic straws is a small step toward reducing plastic waste. | AFP-JIJI

California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday by the state’s environment-friendly ...

At sea and in the air, China races to get products to U.S. before tariffs hit

By Kyunghee Park,Daniela Wei,Matt Townsend
- via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Companies are accelerating shipments from China to the U.S. before a 10 percent duty applies to $200 billion of Chinese imports on Monday. | BLOOMBERG

The race is on to get Chinese goods into the U.S. before President Donald Trump’s tariffs bite.At sea and in the sky, the U.S. president’s ...

Amazon sets December launch date in Japan for Echo Show display-speaker hybrid

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018 Inc. said Thursday it will sell its Echo Show display-speaker hybrid in Japan starting in December, with the aim of further cementing its position ...

Japan inflation ticks up but central bank’s target still out of reach

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

The nationwide core consumer price index in August rose 0.9 percent from a year earlier. | BLOOMBERG

The nation’s annual core consumer inflation ticked up slightly in August but remained distant from the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent target, suggesting that monetary ...

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