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Inoki, Sapp to headline North Korean martial arts show

Aug 28, 2014

Inoki, Sapp to headline North Korean martial arts show

Japan’s famous pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman’s controversial basketball game earlier this year. Diet member Kanji “Antonio” Inoki ...

Hiroshima evacuees start moving into temporary housing

Aug 28, 2014

Hiroshima evacuees start moving into temporary housing

Residents of Hiroshima city who evacuated their homes after last week’s deadly mudslides began moving into temporary housing on Thursday, with the municipal government scrambling to provide necessary support amid concern the relocation may be prolonged. While about 1,200 people remain in shelters following ...

Missing donation box recovered in Otsuchi, minus money

Aug 28, 2014

Missing donation box recovered in Otsuchi, minus money

Officials in the tsunami-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, which lost 40 town officials including the mayor in the March 2011 tsunami, said a donation box believed to have been stolen in mid-August had been found at a local beach and was returned to ...

Aug 28, 2014

Next on Olympic agenda: foreigner-friendly parks

The government plans to make national parks more friendly to foreign visitors by introducing the essence of “omotenashi,” or hospitality, toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Environment Ministry will seek ¥2.5 billion for the effort in next year’s budget, officials said. According to a ...