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Electronic device checks launched by Japanese airlines amid tightened security

National Jul 18, 2017

Electronic device checks launched by Japanese airlines amid tightened security

Major Japanese airlines on Tuesday began implementing tighter airport security measures on U.S.-bound passengers, checking for explosives planted in personal computers and other electronic devices. Passengers are randomly selected before they board aircraft for the new screening procedures launched in response to a U.S. request ...

Water, mountain accidents claim five lives over three-day weekend

National Jul 18, 2017

Water, mountain accidents claim five lives over three-day weekend

Mountain- and water-related accidents claimed five lives Monday, the last day of a three-day weekend when temperatures reached above 30 degrees Celsius in many parts of Japan. Also one person is listed as missing in the mountains and eight people were injured across the country. In ...

A bite of the virtual reality sandwich

Art Jul 18, 2017

A bite of the virtual reality sandwich

by John L. Tran

What happens when you take the Nazi zombies, coin collecting, cuddly creatures, xenomorphs, etc., out of video games and you just wander around virtual reality? While pondering that, we could also ask, "How realistic is it to be Utopian?," "What is life without work?" and "How ...

'Theo Jansen'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jul 18, 2017

'Theo Jansen'

by Yukari Tanaka

July 15-Sept. 18 Nick-named the "Leonardo da Vinci of the 21st Century," Dutch contemporary artist Theo Jansen creates works inspired by biological evolution. Since the 1990s, he has been building "Strandbeests," giant wind-powered kinetic sculptures made of intricate frameworks of recycled plastic. Although his "Strandbeests" were ...

Peguero, Karashima guide Eagles past Fighters

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 18, 2017

Peguero, Karashima guide Eagles past Fighters

Designated hitter Carlos Peguero belted a solo homer and went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to help the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles defeat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-1 on Tuesday. Starter Wataru Karashima (7-4) limited Nippon Ham to one run on four hits and two ...

Spanish soccer chief, son arrested during anti-corruption raids

Soccer Jul 18, 2017

Spanish soccer chief, son arrested during anti-corruption raids

Police arrested the head of Spain's soccer federation, throwing the leadership of the sport in the World Cup-winning nation into disarray a year before the next round of the elite championship takes place in Russia. Federation president Angel Maria Villar, 67, as well as three ...

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

More Sports Jul 18, 2017

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Japan after a two-year absence on Sept. 23, when it will host UFC Fight Night Japan at Saitama Super Arena. UFC events were held in Japan every year between 2012 and 2015 under the organization's previous ownership. Now, ...