Top officials of the Japanese and South Korean handball bodies agreed Saturday to cooperate in staging replays of the Asian Olympic qualifiers, which were marred by dubious refereeing last year. Japan Handball Association Vice President Noriyuki Ichihara and Chung Hyung Kyun, vice president of the Korea Handball Federation, reached the agreement days after the International Handball Federation selected Tokyo as the venue for replays. Chung said South Korea may propose a meeting with Japan on a home-and-away basis if the other countries sit out the replays scheduled to be held later this month. South Korea had sought an opportunity to host either a men’s or women’s tournament. In addition, the IHF has urged all of the countries that played in last year’s controversial Asian qualifiers to participate in the replays scheduled to be held in Tokyo later this month.
Farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district once designated a no-go zone because of radioactive fallout ejected by the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant.