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36-Year-Old Makes $62 Million With Instant Web Flea Market

Yusuke Mitsumoto had a hunch: what if you paid people instantly for their used goods over the internet, with no guarantee that they would hand them over.

The 36 year-old e-commerce entrepreneur launched an app in June to test the idea. It worked better than he imagined; after 16 hours, he was stunned to discover he was on the hook for 360 million yen ($3.2 million) and shut the service down. A day later, truckloads of clothes and electronics gadgets started to arrive, with his startup’s employees forming a bucket line to move packages into his company’s tiny office in Tokyo.

Yusuke Mitsumoto

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US military bars troops in Japan from drinking after fatal crash involving Marine police say had 3 times legal blood alcohol level

  • The US military has barred troops in Japan from drinking alcohol or leaving their residences after a US Marine in Okinawa was accused of killing a local man in a car crash.
  • The Japanese police said the Marine had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood at the time of the crash.
  • The US has 50,000 troops in Japan, but drunken-driving incidents breed resentment among the local population.

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How Robert De Niro Convinced Nobu to Build a Restaurant Empire

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the culinary world’s Madonna — he’s most widely known by his first name only. After emigrating to the U.S. from Japan in the late ’70s, Nobu built a high-end sushi empire that’s unparalleled; it now encompasses more than three dozen restaurants across the globe, from Malibu to Manila, Beijing to Budapest.

Nobu began his career as a restaurateur in Peru, where he first established the Japanese fusion cuisine that he’s become known for worldwide. But it wasn’t until he moved to L.A. and opened up his eponymous restaurant, Matsuhisa, in 1987 that he struck culinary gold: It quickly became a celebrity hot spot and attracted the attention of silver-screen legend Robert De Niro, who would go on to become one of Nobu’s business partners.

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Donald Trump trails ‘major statement’ on return to White House from Asia tour

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to promise he will make a “major statement” from the White House upon his return to Washington, DC.

Trump is heading home today from the Philippines, the final leg of his two-week tour of Asia.

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North Korea sends unprecedented open letter to West urging ‘sharp vigilance’ against Donald Trump

‘If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance’

North Korea has sent an unprecedented open letter to the West, urging “sharp vigilance” against the “heinous and reckless” administration of Donald Trump.

It also announces the emergence of North Korea as a “fully fledged nuclear power”.

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China is angry, but what can it do about North Korea?

Xi Jinping has few options to bring Kim Jong-un into line but he also has to contend with the unpredictable Donald Trump

On Friday afternoon, the eve of North Korea’s most powerful ever nuclear test, China’s football-loving president received a gift from the world’s greatest ever player.

“Good luck,” read the handwritten message from Pelé on a canary yellow Brazil jersey handed to Xi Jinping by his South American counterpart, Michel Temer.

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North Korea vows ‘thousands-fold’ revenge on US over sanctions

North Korea has vowed to exact “thousands-fold” revenge against the US after the UN imposed new sanctions in response to the regime’s recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, the regime said the sanctions were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and part of a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the country.

On Saturday the UN security council unanimously backed new sanctions that could slash the regime’s $3bn in annual export revenue by a third. The measures target key export revenue earners such as coal, iron, lead and seafood – but not oil.

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