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Over 2,000 Olympic mascot design submissions received by deadline

National Aug 15, 2017

Over 2,000 Olympic mascot design submissions received by deadline

A total of 2,042 mascot design submissions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were received from the public, the games organizers announced Tuesday. According to the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, there were 1,774 individual submissions and 268 group submissions, with approximately 40 percent of the ...

National Aug 15, 2017

Kyushu braces for floods, slides as hourly downpours top 100 mm

Torrential rain exceeding 100 mm per hour hit Kyushu early Tuesday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue warnings for landslides and floods, NHK reported Tuesday. According to the agency, heavy rain was reported in the city of Yatsushiro and the town of Hikawa in ...

National Aug 15, 2017

15 Japanese tourists rescued on Borneo after being trapped by flooding

Fifteen Japanese tourists have been rescued on Borneo island after being stranded by flooding in a remote village, Malaysian authorities said. The Malaysia Civil Defense Force said Monday that the Japanese tourists and four local residents were evacuated by truck at midnight from Kampung Lingan ...

Japan's Defense Ministry looks to smaller firms for new SDF equipment

National Aug 15, 2017

Japan's Defense Ministry looks to smaller firms for new SDF equipment

The Defense Ministry is actively searching for technologies developed by small and medium-size domestic firms to use in equipment for the Self-Defense Forces, according to ministry documents obtained by Kyodo News. The ministry has traditionally looked to major manufacturers for domestically produced SDF equipment. But ...

Reds edge Brazilian club Chapecoense on late penalty

Soccer / J. League Aug 15, 2017

Reds edge Brazilian club Chapecoense on late penalty

Sentimental favorite Chapecoense lost 1-0 to the Urawa Reds after a controversially awarded penalty in Tuesday's Suruga Bank Championship. Urawa won the penalty two minutes to time, when Zlatan Ljubijankic was brought down by Chapecoense captain Grolli much to the objection of the Brazilian visitors. Reds ...

Relay team proud of 4x100 bronze

More Sports / Track & Field Aug 15, 2017

Relay team proud of 4x100 bronze

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan men's 4x100-meter relay team stunned the world when it captured the silver medal at last summer's Rio Olympics. But the team's latest success provides momentum toward the 2020 Tokyo Games. The Japan track and field team for the recent world championships in London returned ...

Murakami aiming for spot on Olympic team

Figure Skating | ICE TIME Aug 15, 2017

Murakami aiming for spot on Olympic team

by Jack Gallagher

Earlier this month veteran skater Daisuke Murakami competed in and won the club competition at the Philadelphia Summer International in Aston, Pennsylvania. That was good news for the 26-year-old Murakami, who missed nearly all of last season with a broken right foot. Murakami, who is ...