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Shogi prodigy wins record 29th straight match

Japan’s youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, set the all-time record for consecutive victories Monday, continuing a winning streak that has reignited public interest in the traditional board game. “I can’t believe it myself,” Fujii, a junior high school student, said after defeating fellow fourth-dan (rank) player Yasuhiro Masuda, ...

Kin, friends rejoice over shogi player Fujii's historic victory

Jun 27, 2017

Kin, friends rejoice over shogi player Fujii's historic victory

Friends and family members of Sota Fujii, a 14-year-old professional shogi player who set the all-time record of 29 consecutive victories on Monday, rejoiced over his historic win. At Meijo University in Nagoya, whose shogi team has won the national intercollegiate shogi championships, members ...

/ Jun 26, 2017

Two to face court over fatal 2016 Nagano ski bus crash

The head and operations manager of a charter bus company will be referred to prosecutors this week over a crash last year that killed 15 people, investigative sources said Monday. The 55-year-old president of Tokyo-based ESP and its 48-year-old former manager are suspected of ...

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with noh performance

Jun 26, 2017

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with noh performance

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional noh theater in Rome. At the performance Saturday in Rome at the Palazzo della Cancelleria, a Renaissance architectural masterpiece housing Vatican tribunals, visitors were shown ...