Reality check from the top of the world

May 23, 2009

Reality check from the top of the world

“I suppose I just couldn’t sit down and listen to it anymore. I couldn’t go to the pub and just keep complaining about it and not actually go do something about it,” says Gavin Dixon. The Australian native is speaking of climate change and ...

May 18, 2009

Vodka dominating in latest win

Vodka, with characteristic aplomb, dropped jaws at Tokyo Racecourse with yet another inebriating performance, laying waste to the all-female, 18-strong field of the Victoria Mile on Sunday to win by 7 lengths. With the win, Vodka became the first horse to notch four top-level ...

Fated winds turn path to cyclone-hit Myanmar

May 16, 2009

Fated winds turn path to cyclone-hit Myanmar

When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar just over a year ago on May 2, Naomi Kato was in Japan, wishing she wasn’t. As life ended for some 140,000 people and changed drastically for countless others, the Yokohama native found herself on the brink of a ...

May 11, 2009

Jo Cappuccino claims NHK Mile

Five straight Sundays of top-level races at Tokyo Racecourse got off to an upset of a start with dark horse Jo Cappuccino topping the Mother’s Day field of 18 youngsters in the 14th running of the NHK Mile Cup, a race restricted to 3-year-olds. ...

Creating a catalyst for self-reflection

May 2, 2009

Creating a catalyst for self-reflection

“One of the hardest missions for people is to face themselves in the mirror, to criticize themselves, to ask themselves really basic questions,” says ex-Israeli soldier Avichay Sharon. “No one wants to touch sensitive nerves, no one wants to go underneath, scratch underneath within ...

Hope, doom: Japan Prize pair poles apart

Apr 29, 2009

Hope, doom: Japan Prize pair poles apart

The two Americans who received this year’s Japan Prize did a first by appearing afterward at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan to highlight their visions — one of hope in medical breakthroughs and the other in the inevitable doom of mankind. The prize ...

Unrivaled stuns Logi Universe to win Satsukisho

Apr 20, 2009

Unrivaled stuns Logi Universe to win Satsukisho

FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. — The stand rumbled with discontent Sunday as the horses reached the finish line in the Satsukisho — the first leg of the Japanese triple crown. The rumble arose from a feeling, albeit misplaced, of betrayal at the overwhelming favorite, Logi ...

Success Brocken runs amazing race in upset

Feb 23, 2009

Success Brocken runs amazing race in upset

Big names boosted this year’s top-level races to a powerful start and a four-way stretch battle gave the 2009 February Stakes a finish to remember with Success Brocken upsetting the top picks to win in a record time of 1 minute, 34.6 seconds. Success ...

Daiwa Scarlet claims Arima Kinen victory

Dec 29, 2008

Daiwa Scarlet claims Arima Kinen victory

FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. — Daiwa Scarlet went wire to wire Sunday in a tremendous show of strength to top the Arima Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse by a length and three-quarters and become the first filly in 37 years to capture the yearend grand finale. ...