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National Jun 29, 2016

JICA completes development plan for Philippines' Bangsamoro region

A development plan for the proposed Bangsamoro region in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao has been completed despite a setback in the government's peace process with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Japan International Cooperation Agency said Wednesday. JICA's Philippine office said the ...

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

National Jun 29, 2016

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Two people are in comas following heavy rain in Kyushu on Tuesday and Wednesday, which triggered landslides in Kagoshima and Nagasaki prefectures. According to the Meteorological Agency, 61.5 mm of rain per hour was reported in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Wednesday morning, following 263 mm ...

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

Film Jun 29, 2016

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

by Kaori Shoji

Two years after the opening of the pervertedly female-empowering "Gone Girl" (based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel), I'm one of the people who still get chills when remembering Rosamund Pike's monologue. "Gone Girl" officially put Flynn's name on the map in more ways than ...

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

Film | Wide Angle Jun 29, 2016

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

by Kaori Shoji

The documentary "While We Kiss the Sky" (Japanese title "Kofuku wa Hibi no Naka Ni") opens nationwide this weekend, and it proffers a lot of hope and optimism for the future of Japanese society. Directed by German filmmaker Werner Penzel ("Step Across the Border") and ...

Japan cruises past South Africa in Olympic warmup

Soccer Jun 29, 2016

Japan cruises past South Africa in Olympic warmup

Japan thrashed South Africa 4-1 in its Rio Olympic send-off led by a first-half brace by Shoya Nakajima on Wednesday. South Africa's Gift Motupa opened the scoring with a penalty midway through the first half, but Japan hit back with three goals, two of them ...

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Soccer / J. League Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori's Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics, ...

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

Basketball Jun 29, 2016

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Keijuro Matsui isn't quite like the rest of the 12 players on the Japan men's national team for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. While his teammates are starters for their respective clubs, that is not the case for Matsui. The 30-year-old shooting guard comes ...