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Black watermelon fetches ¥500,000 in season's first auction

National Jun 14, 2016

Black watermelon fetches ¥500,000 in season's first auction

A black watermelon grown in Toma, Hokkaido, sold Tuesday for ¥500,000 in the year's first auction of the popular fruit. Around 260 Densuke watermelons, known for their black and shiny skin as well as their crunchy texture, were auctioned off Tuesday at fresh produce markets ...

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

National / Politics Jun 14, 2016

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a set of key personnel changes at the Foreign Ministry, including the appointment of Shinsuke Sugiyama, deputy foreign minister in charge of political affairs, as the ministry's top bureaucrat. The 63-year-old Sugiyama, former director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs ...

Japan pledges to help put CTBT into force early

National / Politics Jun 14, 2016

Japan pledges to help put CTBT into force early

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Seiji Kihara said Japan is ready to lead the way in putting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty into force at an early date. Kihara signaled the government's stance in a speech to a one-day ministerial-level meeting in Vienna to commemorate ...

Editorials Jun 14, 2016

Bringing back the crested ibis

The effort to revive the crested ibis on Sado Island serves as a reminder that humans are responsible for the disappearance of many species, but that with the right efforts humans can also save endangered species from extinction.

Renoir's true colors could rescue him from the haters

Art Jun 14, 2016

Renoir's true colors could rescue him from the haters

by C.B. Liddell

It's been a few years since the last big Pierre-Auguste Renoir exhibition in town. The last one, if I remember correctly, was "Renoir: Tradition & Innovation" at the National Art Center Tokyo (NACT). That brought over the French impressionist's "Dance at Bougival" (1883), an ...

Three artists wondering in the darkness

Art Jun 14, 2016

Three artists wondering in the darkness

by John L. Tran

Hajime Sawatari is 76 and alone. He's technically still married, but found that photography and chasing skirt didn't sit well with being in a monogamous relationship. "I want to be free to photograph what I want. I'm very self-centered," he tells me, disarmingly. In the early ...

Reds mull legal options over tweets

Soccer / J. League Jun 14, 2016

Reds mull legal options over tweets

The Urawa Reds may consider legal action against the person who taunted Kashima Antlers Brazilian midfielder Caio with racist tweets, the J. League first-division club announced on its website Monday. The tweets were made after Antlers defeated Reds 2-0 on Saturday. Urawa said that on Sunday ...

Rangers place Darvish on 15-day disabled list

Baseball / MLB Jun 14, 2016

Rangers place Darvish on 15-day disabled list

Right-hander Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to tightness in his neck and shoulder, the Texas Rangers said Monday. Darvish underwent an MRI exam in Arlington and tests found no significant damage to his right shoulder, but the team decided ...