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Japan World Cup seen as platform for Asia as tournament nears

TOKYO (Reuters) - The great and the good of Japanese rugby joined the chairman of the sport's global governing body, Bill Beaumont, to commemorate the one year countdown until the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off at an event in the capital on Thursday.

Japan PM Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the post-war pacifist constitution.

Cipriani out of England squad as Ashton, Tuilagi included

(Reuters) - Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been left out of England's training squad for next week's training camp in Bristol, while Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi were included on the 36-player list, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday.

Quartz’s new owner ready to fight Facebook, Twitter on home turf

Yusuke Umeda is showing unusual commitment to turning his little-known Japanese company into a global media power.

PTPTN loan defaulters not ashamed, says Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loan defaulters are damaging their reputation and their community, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Hackers steal US$60mil from Japanese crypto exchange Zaif

TOKYO: The theft of Bitcoin, Monacoin and Bitcoin Cash from Zaif, an exchange owned by Osaka-based Tech Bureau Corp, occurred last week and was disclosed by Tech Bureau in a statement on Thursday. About 2.2 billion yen (US$19.6mil) of stolen coins belonged to the exchange and the rest was client money.

Fulfilling a dream, South Korea's Moon visits sacred North Korean mountain with Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in cleared a top item off his bucket list on Thursday: Climbing Mount Paektu in North Korea with its leader Kim Jong Un.

China ramps up cyberattacks on Taiwan

Taiwan is bracing for an onslaught of cyberattacks from mainland China ahead of local elections in November intended to undermine a president who has defied Beijing’s efforts to bring the democratically ruled island under its control.

Sixty percent of organisations observed in Taiwan were targeted with advanced cyberattacks in the second half of the previous year – greater than anywhere else in the world, FireEye said in 2016. — Reuters

Chinese tourists apologise after being shamed for trashing Japanese Airbnb

TOKYO (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Three Chinese tourists were slammed by netizens after the owner of an Airbnb they stayed at in Japan took to social media to expose their mess.

World Rugby's big gamble enters final stretch

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nine years after the bold decision to take their showpiece tournament out of the sport's traditional heartlands for the first time, World Rugby are confident Japan will vindicate the gamble by delivering a top class 2019 World Cup.