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Sep 29, 2013

Miyazato falls short in final round

South Korea’s Lee Na-ri posted her first win on the Japan LPGA Tour on Sunday at the Miyagi TV Cup, denying former world No. 1 Ai Miyazato a triumphant homecoming in the process. Lee, who shared the second-round lead with Taiwan’s Teresa Lu, capitalized ...

Estrada honors Rizal at Hibiya Park, Tokyo

| Sep 29, 2013

Estrada honors Rizal at Hibiya Park, Tokyo

Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada attended a wreath-laying ceremony for Dr. Jose Rizal (1861-1896), the father of Philippine independence, at Hibiya Park in Tokyo on Sept. 27, during his visit to Japan. Rizal, author of “Noli Me Tangere” (“Don’t touch me”), “El Filibusterismo” (“The ...

Kvitova bests Kerber in three sets to win Pan Pacific title

Sep 28, 2013

Kvitova bests Kerber in three sets to win Pan Pacific title

Seventh seed Petra Kvitova defeated Angelique Kerber in three sets to win the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday at Ariake Colosseum. Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, won 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 over fifth-seeded Kerber in 1 hour, 39 minutes to claim the tournament title for ...

Sep 28, 2013

Alvark beat Brex to get NBL up and running

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Toyota Motors Alvark Tokyo got off to a strong start in the inaugural National Basketball League as they prevailed both offensively and defensively in a 86-78 victory over the Link Tochigi Brex at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Sixth man Keijuro ...

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

Sep 28, 2013

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

by Edan Corkill

The Jomon Period of Japanese history is so shrouded in the mists of time that any bid to fathom its secrets stretches even the usual bounds of prehistoric archeology. Yet as amateurs and experts alike have continued unearthing examples of Jomon pottery and stone ...

Hakuho tops Kisenosato for 27th crown of career

Sep 28, 2013

Hakuho tops Kisenosato for 27th crown of career

Yokozuna Hakuho outflanked nemesis Kisenosato to capture his 27th career title with a day to spare at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. The Mongolian won his fourth consecutive championship, moving him within four of yokozuna great Chiyonofuji’s hallowed mark of 31 career ...

Ino goes distance as BayStars rout Giants

Sep 28, 2013

Ino goes distance as BayStars rout Giants

Rookie Shoichi Ino threw his first career complete game, Takayuki Kajitani hit a two-run homer in a seven-run fourth inning, and the Yokohama BayStars routed the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants 7-2 on Saturday. Ino (5-7) yielded two runs on four hits over nine ...

Sato stunner helps Sanfrecce close gap on Marinos

Sep 28, 2013

Sato stunner helps Sanfrecce close gap on Marinos

Hisato Sato scored a stunning first-half strike and reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima closed the gap on leaders Yokohama F. Marinos to two points with a 2-0 win away to Sagan Tosu on Saturday. Sato opened the scoring after 23 minutes with his ...

Sep 28, 2013

Farmed salmon beats wild salmon in taste test

Read a story about salmon, and the odds are that, somewhere, it’ll tell you that wild salmon tastes better than farmed. But does it? We decided to find out in a blind tasting, and assembled a panel that included noted Washington seafood chefs and ...

Solitude is where you find it

| Sep 28, 2013

Solitude is where you find it

by Kit Nagamura

Under cartoon-blue skies washed by early-autumn typhoons, I stand at Sendaizaka-ue (summit of Sendaizaka Slope) in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. Sendaizaka was named for daimyo lords from Edo Period (1603-1867) Sendai, now in Miyagi Prefecture, who maintained a yashiki (suburban home) on the slope that ...

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

| Sep 28, 2013

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

by Philip Brasor

Most of the Olympics-related news reported since Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Games is about projected economic benefits and drawbacks. A lot of construction will take place over the next seven years, but not all of it will be directly related ...

Sep 28, 2013

Popular @Horse_ebooks web comic loses its comedic engine

by Michael Cavna

Put enough monkeys in a room with a typewriter, the old theory goes, and they’ll eventually hunt-and-peck some Shakespeare. But on Tuesday, the wired world learned that a couple of conceptual-art bards had been masking themselves as the equivalent of gibbons, sending seemingly random ...