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Doan, Kamada bid farewell before European moves

16 hours 8 min ago
Ritsu Doan showed his flair before being subbed during Gamba Osaka’s 1-1 draw with Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday in the J. League, while Daichi Kamada ...

Sani Brown seals sprint double with 200-meter victory

17 hours 17 sec ago
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown dominated the talk at the national athletics championships from start to finish, the 18-year-old rising star winning the men’s 200 meters ...

Japan clinches softball series win over U.S.

17 hours 21 min ago
Playing at the main softball venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, world No. 1 Japan beat the United States 5-3 on Sunday to clinch their ...

LDP close behind Koike’s party in Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly race: poll

17 hours 38 min ago
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is running close behind Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s fledging Tomin First no Kai party in the race to be the ...

Mental health support for nursery school staff falling short, new survey finds

18 hours 8 min ago
At least 27 percent of nursery schools across the country are in need of psychological support for their staff members, a government survey shows.

Abe prods LDP to speed up work on charter as approval ratings sink

18 hours 21 min ago
In an apparent bid to draw attention to his pet project while his popularity tumbles, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has increased pressure on his ruling ...

Satono Crown takes Takarazuka Kinen title

18 hours 55 min ago
Mirco Demuro-ridden third pick Satono Crown won the Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday for his second career Grade 1 victory. The 5-year-old stallion came from behind ...

Osera preserves record as Carp beat Tigers, move five games clear

18 hours 55 min ago
Daichi Osera worked seven innings to keep his record an unblemished 5-0 and had his teammates to thank after the Hiroshima Carp beat the Hanshin ...

If al-Baghdadi is dead, next Islamic State leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

19 hours 3 min ago
If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of ...

Tax agency taps AI to select audit targets, answer taxpayer queries

20 hours 5 min ago
The National Tax Agency unveils plans to use artificial intelligence to automate responses to taxpayer inquiries and consultations and also to select targets for investigation.

Fashion veterans make new moves

20 hours 16 min ago
They may be newcomers to Tokyo, but behind the fashion names picking up traction this summer is a wealth of experience combined with honed artisanal ...

Something old, new and renewed

20 hours 20 min ago
2-D has its advantages When the Nintendo 3DS originally launched in 2011, the key feature was its 3-D-glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D screen. Many players enjoyed the ...

Director Sunao Katabuchi shares his corner of this world

20 hours 31 min ago
Last summer saw the release of what would become the highest grossing Japanese animation film to date, Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name.,” which was also the ...

Takata bankruptcy filing might put auto industry’s biggest recall at risk

20 hours 34 min ago
The expected bankruptcy of troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. isn’t just a crisis for its employees and suppliers — it also throws a wild ...

Maeda to make spot start for Dodgers against Angels

20 hours 35 min ago
Kenta Maeda will make a spot start on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels, to give the rotation an extra day of rest, Los Angeles ...

Dodgers beat Rockies to reach 50-win mark

20 hours 39 min ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers are showing some interesting versatility during their nine-game winning streak. They can either power past a team or walk over them. ...

Miyazato makes final round; Ryu shoots course-record 61

21 hours 11 min ago
Ai Miyazato carded a 2-under-par 69 to advance to the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Saturday. Playing in her first event ...

Two injured after upper 5 quake strikes in southern Nagano

21 hours 16 min ago
A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 injured two people in southern Nagano Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said. The temblor, which struck ...

One woman’s suicide shines a harsh light on the plight of Japan’s doctors

21 hours 51 min ago
I think many people hold the following preconceived notions of what it means to be a physician. Doctors, we believe, are: highly specialized (and only ...

Remembering the life and works of Boye De Mente, a giant of writing on Japan

21 hours 51 min ago
Any Japanophile will have at least one of the 30 or so books authored by Boye Lafayette De Mente during his long and prolific writing ...