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Poland spikers pounce on Japan, triumph in three sets

More Sports / Volleyball May 31, 2016

Poland spikers pounce on Japan, triumph in three sets

Japan's hopes of sending a men's volleyball team to the Rio Games look to be slipping away as on Tuesday at the Olympic qualification tournament, Poland sent Masashi Nambu's men to their second consecutive straight-sets loss. Poland, the reigning world champions ranked No. 2 in ...

More Sports / Volleyball May 31, 2016

Poland spikers pounce on Japan, triumph in three sets

Japan's hopes of sending a men's volleyball team to the Rio Games look to be slipping away as on Tuesday at the Olympic qualification tournament, Poland sent Masashi Nambu's men to their second consecutive straight-sets loss. Poland, the reigning world champions ranked No. 2 in ...

Looking back on Cy Twombly

Art May 31, 2016

Looking back on Cy Twombly

by Calum Sutherland

For "Cy Twombly Photographs: Lyrical Variations" Chiba Prefecture's Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art brings together exactly 100 photographs, chronologically arranged to span the length of the artist's career. A selection of prints, paintings and sculptures are also being shown, to be reconsidered in ...

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Soccer May 31, 2016

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Barcelona's five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros. Argentine-born striker Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, who have both denied the allegations, were ...

A liberating walk through the woods

Art May 31, 2016

A liberating walk through the woods

by C.B. Liddell

Painters and trees have a lot in common. Both are light-catchers: the painter looks at the world around him and tries to capture it, while a tree catches the light in order to grow. Trees are also part of the world that many artists ...

'The World of M.C. Escher'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo May 31, 2016

'The World of M.C. Escher'

by Megan Green

June 7-July 10 Perhaps best-known for his mind-boggling optical illusions, Maurits Cornelis Escher (M.C. Escher) illustrated books, designed postage stamps and produced close to 450 lithographs, woodcuts and engravings, and well over 2,000 drawings and sketches. His most famous works include the "Ascending and Descending" ...

'Spaceship Susumu Shingu'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo May 31, 2016

'Spaceship Susumu Shingu'

by Megan Green

June 4-July 10 Nature and the movement of elements are the main inspirations behind Susumu Shingu's work, which include huge geometric kinetic sculptures that sway with the movement of water, wind and air currents. For this exhibition, however, the 78-year-old artist looks to the stars by ...

More Sports / Judo May 31, 2016

Japan locks up spots in all judo divisions for Rio Games

Japan has once again secured berths in all 14 judo weight categories for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the International Judo Federation released the latest world rankings on Monday. According to the qualification guideline set by the IJF, the top 14 men and top ...

More Sports / Rugby May 31, 2016

Japanese rugby players association established

The Japanese rugby players association was launched on Tuesday, with president Toshiaki Hirose saying he was confident it would improve the Japanese game. "I want to work with the firm belief the players association is an organization that will improve Japanese rugby," said former Japan ...

Business / Corporate May 31, 2016

Suzuki says retested vehicles perform better than declared

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday fuel economy tests that failed to meet regulations affected a total of 2.14 million units across 26 models. But it added, the models were retested and found to have better performance than their catalog figures. Speaking at a news conference after ...