Japan coach plays it safe in naming 23-man World Cup squad

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan coach Akira Nishino is relying heavily on veteran players with previous World Cup experience in his 23-man squad for the tournament. Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki were among almost a dozen named Thursday who ... ( read original story ...)

Coca-Cola takes a sip of Japan’s alcoholic drinks business

TOKYO -- Coca-Cola has introduced its first alcoholic drink in Japan, a big departure for the global soft drink maker as it tries to branch out from its core soda market. The new "alcopop" is neither beer nor cola-based, but a fizzy lemon cocktail popular ... ( read original story ...)

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 marathon to end with grueling incline

TOKYO (Reuters) - The route for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics marathon was announced on Thursday with the main feature being a steep incline to finish the race at the newly built Olympic stadium. The route will pass through many of the city’s historic and ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo stocks open higher on hopes for Italian politics

TOKYO, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday as investor sentiment improved on reports that Italy's political situation could move past a deadlock and avoid a snap election as two populist parties may unite to form a government. As of 9:15 ... ( read original story ...)