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Missile evacuation drill to be held in Hyogo in September

National Aug 23, 2017

Missile evacuation drill to be held in Hyogo in September

The Hyogo Prefectural Government said Wednesday it will hold an evacuation drill Sept. 17 in Nishinomiya to prepare for a possible ballistic missile attack. The drill, also involving the central government, will be held in response to North Korea's recent announcement of a plan to ...

Goshawks taken off scarce species list as population recovers

National Aug 23, 2017

Goshawks taken off scarce species list as population recovers

Japan is set to remove goshawks from its scarce species list after a government subcommittee approved the move Wednesday following an increase in their population. Goshawks, whose numbers were estimated at 9,000 in a survey conducted by the Environment Ministry at the turn of the ...

Guam urges Japanese tourists to ignore North Korea missile threat

National Aug 23, 2017

Guam urges Japanese tourists to ignore North Korea missile threat

Guam's lieutenant governor on Wednesday urged Japanese people to visit the Pacific island despite North Korea's threat to fire missiles near the U.S. territory, saying Washington has prepared for any contingency. "All the defenses are already in place" such as the Aegis missile defense system, ...

Tokyo's wet weather streak ends after 21 days

National Aug 23, 2017

Tokyo's wet weather streak ends after 21 days

The Tokyo area's 21-day stretch of rainfall that began Aug. 1 ended Tuesday, the second-longest wet streak logged for the month of August. According to the Meteorological Agency, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21, Tokyo experienced 131.5 milliliters of rain, with the average for the ...

Indigenous group seizes Peru oil field facilities

Business Aug 23, 2017

Indigenous group seizes Peru oil field facilities

Indigenous people living on Peru's largest oil field concession have seized some facilities operated by Frontera Energy Corp. demanding that the government apply an indigenous rights law before signing a new contract with the Canadian company, a tribal chieftain said on Tuesday. The so-called prior ...

Hawks overwhelm Lions

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Aug 23, 2017

Hawks overwhelm Lions

Rookie Shuta Ishikawa allowed three hits over seven innings and the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks left just two runners on base in a 9-0 whipping of the Seibu Lions on Wednesday. Ishikawa (5-3) allowed three hits and walked two, while striking out seven to earn his ...

JFA voices support for Japan coach Halilhodzic

Soccer / World Cup Aug 23, 2017

JFA voices support for Japan coach Halilhodzic

The Japan Football Association reiterated its support for national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Wednesday, responding to a report that said the federation could sack the Bosnian if Japan fails to beat Australia in its upcoming World Cup qualifier. Nikkan Sports, quoting an unnamed JFA ...

Hanasaki Tokuharu captures first Summer Koshien title

Baseball Aug 23, 2017

Hanasaki Tokuharu captures first Summer Koshien title

Manaya Nishikawa went 3-for-6 with four RBIs to lead a 16-hit attack as Hanasaki Tokuharu beat Hiroshima's Koryo 14-4 at the National High School Baseball Championship final on Wednesday. Hanasaki Tokuharu, managed by Takashi Iwai, became the first school from Saitama Prefecture to win the ...

Honda scores in debut for Mexico's Pachuca

Soccer Aug 23, 2017

Honda scores in debut for Mexico's Pachuca

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda made an immediate impression in Pachuca colors as he came off the bench to score a goal on his Liga MX debut in a 4-1 win over Veracruz on Tuesday. Honda came on 12 minutes after the break, welcomed by cheers ...

Fumita wins world wrestling gold

More Sports Aug 23, 2017

Fumita wins world wrestling gold

Kenichiro Fumita won gold in the men's Greco-Roman 59-kg division Tuesday for Japan's first medal of the world wrestling championships in Paris, becoming the country's first male wrestler in 34 years to be crowned world champion. In his fifth bout of the day, the Asian ...