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Date-Krumm, Nishikori fall at Wimbledon

/ Jun 30, 2013

Date-Krumm, Nishikori fall at Wimbledon

Veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm's memorable run at Wimbledon came to a shuddering halt on Saturday after the 42-year-old was blasted out of the third round by defending champion Serena Williams. Williams, bidding for a 17th Grand Slam and sixth Wimbledon crown, needed just over an hour ...

O'Malley-Japan baseball exhibit opens

/ Jun 30, 2013

O'Malley-Japan baseball exhibit opens

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers president Peter O'Malley was in Tokyo on Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of a special exhibition of Dodgers memorabilia at the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. O'Malley and NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato were among those who participated in a ribbon-cutting ...

Cultural agency doles out awards to those promoting Japan

/ Jun 30, 2013

Cultural agency doles out awards to those promoting Japan

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Twelve distinguished figures, including eight foreigners, received awards Friday from the Cultural Affairs Agency for their efforts in cultural exchange and promotion of Japanese culture abroad. At a ceremony in Tokyo, Agency Commissioner Seiichi Kondo presented seven of the recipients with the "commissioner's awards," which ...

South Africa whips Japan in Rugby World Cup Sevens

/ Jun 30, 2013

South Africa whips Japan in Rugby World Cup Sevens

Japan's men suffered their second straight Pool B defeat at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow on Saturday, losing 33-0 to South Africa and falling out of contention for the championship. Only the six pool winners and the two best runners-up qualify for the ...

Cartwright won't return to Osaka Evessa

/ Jun 30, 2013

Cartwright won't return to Osaka Evessa

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Former Chicago Bulls head coach Bill Cartwright has parted ways with the Osaka Evessa, the bj-league team he resurrected after an awful start last season. In a news release posted on its website at midnight on Saturday, the Evessa announced that Cartwright's tenure as head ...

Jun 30, 2013

Japan cagers hold off visiting squads

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The Japan and women's national basketball teams recorded victories for the second time in as many days, leaving Sendai's Xebio Arena on Saturday with momentum. In the Saturday finale, coach Kimikazu Suzuki's team topped the Philippines 83-76. The visitors out-rebounded Japan 50-37. Big man Kosuke Takeuchi paced ...

Heist of 400 koi opens window on lucrative carp cult

/ Jun 30, 2013

Heist of 400 koi opens window on lucrative carp cult

The great koi heist began with the thieves handing out a business card. The two neatly dressed men in khakis and white shirts showed up at a business park in the Herndon, Virginia, area in early June, saying they were with an aquatic care company ...

Kagoshima to fly 300 to Shanghai to aid Chinese airline

Jun 30, 2013

Kagoshima to fly 300 to Shanghai to aid Chinese airline

The Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly has approved a ¥34 million plan to send 300 local government employees, teachers and citizens on trips to Shanghai to help maintain a struggling air route served by a Chinese airline. The "training program" appropriations drew sharp criticism from local residents ...

/ Jun 30, 2013

All eyes on Kishida at ASEAN talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's regional diplomacy skills were to be tested in Brunei from Saturday as he looks to improve ties with China and South Korea. Japan's relations with both neighbors have been strained by differences of perception regarding its wartime history and disputes over ...

Preaching Endo's theme of a maternal divinity

/ Jun 30, 2013

Preaching Endo's theme of a maternal divinity

Endo Shusaku has helped Japanese Christians to assimilate their painful past and has weaned them away from narrow concerns with dogma or sexual guilt to project instead a broad and humane vision of the faith, sensitively attuned to the Japanese context. KIKU'S PRAYER, by Endo ...