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Giant tortoise on the run no more

Aug 17, 2017

Giant tortoise on the run no more

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Two weeks after going on the lam, a giant tortoise that went missing from a zoo in Okayama Prefecture has been found safe and sound in bushes about 140 meters away from the spot where she made her getaway. The man and his teenage son, ...

Overseas travel to Japan rises to a new record in July

Aug 17, 2017

Overseas travel to Japan rises to a new record in July

The number of foreign visitors to Japan hit a monthly record of 2.68 million in July, due to the summer vacation season and an increase in low-cost carrier flights, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. A total of 2,681,500 travelers visited the country from overseas, ...

International treaty on curbing mercury pollution enters into force

Aug 17, 2017

International treaty on curbing mercury pollution enters into force

An international treaty to protect human health and the environment from mercury pollution entered into force Wednesday, paving the way for regulation of the manufacture, trading, use and disposal of the chemical. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, taking its name from the city in Kumamoto ...

Aug 17, 2017

Seven decades of confrontation

If the situation between India and Pakistan were not so tragic, it would be absurd. There is far more that unites the two countries than divides them.

'Baby Driver': Things go fast with Baby on board

/ Aug 17, 2017

'Baby Driver': Things go fast with Baby on board

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Banzai to fossil fuels! Lots of love to gas-guzzlers! That's the basic sentiment behind "Baby Driver," which is all screeching tires and revving engines, unfolding to what has got to be the coolest movie soundtrack of 2017. Directed by Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz," "Shaun of ...

Hanyu makes emotional return to Yokohama rink

Aug 17, 2017

Hanyu makes emotional return to Yokohama rink

Two-time figure skating world champion and 2014 Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu performed an exhibition program Wednesday at a rink where he has special memories. After skating to Japanese pop song "Hana ni Nare" at the Bank of Yokohama Ice Arena, Hanyu offered free ...

Vissel fire manager Nelsinho

/ Aug 17, 2017

Vissel fire manager Nelsinho

Vissel Kobe have terminated the contract of manager Nelsinho due to the side's poor performance this season, despite having acquired former Germany striker Lukas Podolski this summer, the J. League first-division club said Wednesday. Head coach Takayuki Yoshida, 40, will replace the 67-year-old Brazilian on ...

Sugita ousts Sock in Cincinnati first round

/ Aug 17, 2017

Sugita ousts Sock in Cincinnati first round

Yuichi Sugita took advantage of 43 unforced errors by Jack Sock to oust the U.S. 13th seed 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday. Sugita clinched his win by breaking Sock with a shot that clipped the baseline, ...

Liverpool edges closer to Champions League

Aug 17, 2017

Liverpool edges closer to Champions League

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool is far from certain of a Champions League group stage berth despite its 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday in their play-off, first-leg. The result in southwest Germany leaves Klopp's Liverpool in pole position ahead of the return at Anfield on ...