Feb 9, 2015

Bizarre hole-digging contest in Narita draws all kinds

A team of women dressed as fish and half-a-dozen Harry Potter impersonators were among those whose efforts ended in glorious failure at Japan’s national hole-digging championships, organizers said Monday. A group of burly diggers from Saitama Prefecture took home the first prize of ¥100,000 ...

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest

Oct 10, 2014

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest


An arresting image of a man dressed as a superhero parking his bicycle was on Thursday named winner of the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize for the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2014 photography contest. Roman Malyshev, an attache at the Russian Embassy, won for his ...

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

Nov 15, 2013

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

A South Korean high school student has won the top award in a Japanese-language speech contest in Okayama. Kim Nae-yong, 17, defeated 11 other foreign contestants Friday with a speech in which she expressed her desire to “act as a bridge between South Korea ...

Aug 22, 2013

Security contest for IT engineers kicks off in Yokohama

Japan’s largest hacking contest, aimed at fostering engineers able to counter cyberattacks, began Thursday with a regional preliminary in Yokohama. SecCon 2013, organized by a nonprofit group and sponsored by the government, for the first time brought together university students and adult contestants who ...