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The struggles of a local sumo hero

| Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

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An oft-repeated question these days, and one not necessarily confined to sports media, is whether 29-year-old wrestler Kisenosato will make it to sumo’s highest rank. Or is he destined to remain a perennial bridesmaid? Clearly at the peak of his career, the ozeki (champion) ...

Japan's TV stations tapping tourism boom, reaching out overseas

Jun 2, 2016

Japan's TV stations tapping tourism boom, reaching out overseas

With Japan attracting a record-breaking influx of foreign tourists, broadcasters Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. and NHK are stepping up broadcasting overseas aimed at promoting tourism in Japan. Sky Perfect operates local-language channels in four Southeast Asian countries through its subsidiary Wakuwaku Japan Corp., which ...

Poverty and boredom gnaw at Japan

| May 28, 2016

Poverty and boredom gnaw at Japan

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Boredom, poverty and war: three themes you’d think (wrongly) would be extinct by now — war because humankind as a whole is more peaceably inclined than ever before, poverty because of an abundance of riches and boredom because … doesn’t it go without saying, ...

The second life of Kakuei Tanaka

| May 21, 2016

The second life of Kakuei Tanaka

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In July 1976, the month when 218 million Americans were feting their nation’s 200th birthday, dramatic events were taking place on other continents also. On July 4 — America’s Independence Day — an Israeli commando force staged a dramatic raid on Entebbe airport in ...

Cracks appear in media's view of disasters

| May 14, 2016

Cracks appear in media's view of disasters

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The Great East Japan Earthquake was Japan’s first major natural disaster since the rise of social media, and emergency planning outfits have been studying the data from March 11, 2011, in order better use SNS to save lives and help survivors. Online activities related ...