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Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

May 26, 2017

Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

Grenade-like objects found near a train station in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday morning forced the evacuation of about 200 people before being declared harmless by the Self-Defense Forces. At around 7:25 a.m., police received an emergency call from an East Japan Railway Co. ...

May 26, 2017

Third-graders can get head start on English classes from fiscal 2018

Elementary schools will be allowed to start English classes from third grade instead of fifth grade when fiscal 2018 begins next April, the education ministry said Friday. The measure is aimed at achieving a smooth transition to the ministry’s new fiscal 2020 curriculum guidelines, ...

Nishikori fights way into Geneva Open semis

/ May 26, 2017

Nishikori fights way into Geneva Open semis

Kei Nishikori survived three match points and produced a thrilling comeback to beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) to reach the semifinals of the Geveva Open on Thursday. The world No. 9, recently hampered by a right wrist injury, made a ...

Salazar denies USADA allegations: report

/ May 26, 2017

Salazar denies USADA allegations: report

Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar has denied allegations made in a 2016 U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, portions of which were revealed in a New York Times story last weekend. Salazar made his response in an email late Wednesday night to The Oregonian newspaper ...

Journeyman midfielder Kato grateful for surprise call-up

May 26, 2017

Journeyman midfielder Kato grateful for surprise call-up

Kohei Kato vowed to show his worth to coach Vahid Halilhodzic after the Bulgarian-based midfielder received a surprise call-up to Japan’s 25-man squad ahead of a friendly against Syria and 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Iraq. “I’m genuinely happy (with the call-up) but ...

Hakuho nears Spring Basho title

/ May 26, 2017

Hakuho nears Spring Basho title

Hakuho capitalized on a loss by fellow yokozuna Harumafuji by knocking over Tamawashi to zero in on his 38th career championship title at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Harumafuji fell to his second defeat, at the hands of promotion-chasing sekiwake Takayasu, and ...