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36 articles published


The struggles of a local sumo hero

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

by Mark Schreiber

An oft-repeated question these days, and one not necessarily confined to sports media, is whether 29-year-old wrestler Kisenosato will make it to sumo's highest rank. Or is he destined to remain a perennial bridesmaid? Clearly at the peak of his career, the ozeki (champion) and ...

A waterlogged retreat, deep in the mountains of Gifu

Travel Jun 4, 2016

A waterlogged retreat, deep in the mountains of Gifu

by Mandy Bartok

For a town so closely associated with water, it's rather fitting that Gujo-Hachiman is shaped like a fish. "An ayu (sweetfish), to be exact," clarifies Yuka Tanaka, my guide for the afternoon and a native of this small town of approximately 18,000 inhabitants tucked away ...

Voices | OVERHEARD Jun 4, 2016

Room with a view

I would have a great view of Mount Fuji from my house if there weren't so many tall buildings in the way.

Cambridge dreaming of big future

More Sports / Athletics Jun 4, 2016

Cambridge dreaming of big future

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Born to a Jamaican father and a Japanese mother, maybe sprinter Aska Cambridge has a slight edge genetically over most other runners in Japan. But that fact alone isn't enough to make him an elite athlete. He needs to get physically stronger. In the winter of ...

Miyazato tied for lead at ShopRite LPGA Classic

More Sports / Golf Jun 4, 2016

Miyazato tied for lead at ShopRite LPGA Classic

Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under-par 64 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Friday. The former world No. 1 eagled the third hole at the par-71 Stockton Seaview Golf Club and had six birdies against ...

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Soccer Jun 4, 2016

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a "coordinated attempt" to enrich themselves through annual salary increases and World Cup bonuses, world soccer's governing body said on Friday. FIFA said an internal investigation revealed that the three officials had ...