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Tepco visits Niigata residents to apologize for latest safety blunder

National May 29, 2017

Tepco visits Niigata residents to apologize for latest safety blunder

Representatives of Tokyo Electric on Monday began visiting about 41,000 households around its idled nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture to apologize for withholding vital safety information about a facility there. The utility, which also runs the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant, is pushing to ...

Yakuza photo-bombs Kishiwada Danjiri Festival poster

National May 29, 2017

Yakuza photo-bombs Kishiwada Danjiri Festival poster

The organizer of the famous Kishiwada Danjiri Festival in Osaka will remake its poster for this year's event because a yakuza appeared on it. The Kishiwada Police Department said Sunday that a member of Yamaguchi-gumi, the nation's biggest crime syndicate, is in the poster, which ...

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing

National May 29, 2017

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing

Ten Japanese groups engaged in kimono-related activities Monday called on the government to apply to have waso, the technique for dressing in the traditional attire, put on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Japan Kimono League, an organization aiming to protect kimono culture and promote ...

Municipal-run services taps big data for matchmaking

National May 29, 2017

Municipal-run services taps big data for matchmaking

One day in May, a woman in her 40s was browsing a tablet computer at a municipality-funded matchmaking center, searching for a prospective husband. She was surprised; the computer suggested candidates she wouldn't have otherwise considered. "It recommends people who were under my radar," she ...

Editorials May 29, 2017

A troubling trip abroad for Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump's comments on his first tour abroad raise questions anew about his administration's commitment to core elements of the Western foreign policy consensus.

Relieved Takayasu eyeing first title with ozeki promotion in the bag

Sumo May 29, 2017

Relieved Takayasu eyeing first title with ozeki promotion in the bag

Soon-to-be ozeki Takayasu spoke on Monday of his relief in coming through the crucial Summer Grand Sumo Tournament unhurt and with enough wins to make promotion almost certain, while making clear his sights are now set on an Emperor's Cup title. The Ibaraki-native, whose mother ...

Honda captains Milan in final game

Soccer May 29, 2017

Honda captains Milan in final game

Keisuke Honda made his final appearance for AC Milan on Sunday, making only his second start of the Serie A season in a 2-1 defeat at Cagliari. Honda, who took to Twitter last week to announce his departure from the San Siro after 3½ years, ...