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Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

Business / Tech Jul 30, 2017

Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

The launch of what would have been Japan's first privately developed rocket to reach outer space failed Sunday off Hokkaido after telemetry was lost, forcing it to be aborted, the Hokkaido-based developer said. Officials from Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi ...

Tottori's transparent-kayak tours clearly a hit

National Jul 30, 2017

Tottori's transparent-kayak tours clearly a hit

Transparent kayaks are exploding in popularity in Tottori Prefecture, with tourists describing the experience as akin "to flying in the sky." Visitors to Tottori, a coastal area along the Sea of Japan known for its jagged coastline and caves hollowed out by waves, can glimpse ...

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

National Jul 30, 2017

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

The storms in Kyushu earlier this month not only ruined homes and roads but also dealt a blow to traditional businesses, including makers of liquor and pottery. Communities in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures worry the devastation could make it even harder for aging owners of ...

Editorials Jul 30, 2017

Preventing accidents by elderly drivers

The National Police Agency must consider how to build a network among the police, local governments and health care professionals to reduce the number of accidents caused by elderly drivers.

Hijirisawa lifts Eagles over Buffaloes

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 30, 2017

Hijirisawa lifts Eagles over Buffaloes

Ryo Hijirisawa hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as Tohoku Rakuten came from behind to defeat the Orix Buffaloes 4-3 on Sunday, maintaining the Eagles' lead in the Pacific League standings by virtue of winning percentage. Eagles starter Yoshinao Kamata was sent to ...

Cho super strike sends Tosu past struggling Sanfrecce

Soccer / J. League Jul 30, 2017

Cho super strike sends Tosu past struggling Sanfrecce

South Korean striker Cho Dong-geon scored a strong contender for goal of the season to give Sagan Tosu a 1-0 win at struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League first division on Sunday night. Substitute Cho secured Tosu its first away league victory of the ...

Japan beats Uruguay to hand coach Lamas first win

Basketball Jul 30, 2017

Japan beats Uruguay to hand coach Lamas first win

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Slasher Makoto Hiejima racked up a game-high 16 points as the Japanese men's national team cruised past Uruguay 72-57 in the second game of a two-game exhibition series at Aoyama Gakuin University on Sunday. Japan, which lost 79-69 to the South Americans on Saturday, was ...

Urawa parts ways with Petrovic

Soccer / J. League Jul 30, 2017

Urawa parts ways with Petrovic

Urawa Reds have terminated the contract of Serbian manager Mihailo Petrovic following a poor run of results, the J. League first-division club said Sunday. The announcement comes a day after the 2007 Asian champions slumped to a 2-0 defeat away to lowly Consadole Sapporo, Reds' ...