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Osaka sushi chain replaces rice with radish to cut down on the carbs

National Aug 30, 2017

Osaka sushi chain replaces rice with radish to cut down on the carbs

Conveyor belt sushi chain Kurasushi will offer a low-carbohydrate sushi-like dish using Japanese daikon in place of orthodox vinegared rice, its operator said Tuesday. Osaka-based Kura Corp. hopes to attract consumers who are limiting their intake of rice and other carbohydrates as the new dish ...

Dear Etranger: When the family drama gets real

Film / Reviews Aug 30, 2017

Dear Etranger: When the family drama gets real

by Mark Schilling

Despite a career spanning nearly three decades, Yukiko Mishima hasn't appeared on many lists of up-and-coming Japanese female directors, mine included. One reason: She had a relatively late start, not releasing her first feature, a drama based on the Junichiro Tanizaki story "The Tatooer," ...

Arihara, Drake lead Fighters to win over Hawks

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Aug 30, 2017

Arihara, Drake lead Fighters to win over Hawks

Kohei Arihara threw a four-hitter on Wednesday, pitching the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 3-1 win over the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Before 15,111 at Asahikawa Starffin Stadium in central Hokkaido, Arihara (7-11) allowed a run without issuing a walk. The right-hander needed ...

Okuno strikes twice as Sendai stuns Kashima

Soccer / J. League Aug 30, 2017

Okuno strikes twice as Sendai stuns Kashima

Hiroaki Okuno struck twice in the second half as Vegalta Sendai stunned J. League champions Kashima Antlers 3-1 in the first leg of the Levain Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday. Yoshihiro Nakano broke the deadlock on the hour for Sendai, which is currently 12th in the ...

Miyazato to retire after Evian Championship in September

More Sports / Golf Aug 30, 2017

Miyazato to retire after Evian Championship in September

Ai Miyazato has decided to retire from competitive golf after next month's Evian Championship in France, the former world No. 1 said on her official blog on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Okinawa native announced in May that she would draw the curtain on her 14-year professional ...

Aoki released by Blue Jays, becomes free agent

Baseball / MLB Aug 30, 2017

Aoki released by Blue Jays, becomes free agent

Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki was granted his unconditional release by the Toronto Blue Jays, the American League club said Tuesday. Aoki was designated for assignment on Monday and cleared to become a free agent with the right to negotiate with any team, potentially a contending ...

Socceroos looking to wrap up qualification for Russia 2018

Soccer / World Cup Aug 30, 2017

Socceroos looking to wrap up qualification for Russia 2018

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said on Wednesday he will not take his foot off the gas even though the Socceroos' World Cup qualification chances were given a boost with Saudi Arabia's overnight loss to the United Arab Emirates. The second-place Saudis' 2-1 defeat means Australia, ...

Exhibition events bring sumo to new audience

Sumo Aug 30, 2017

Exhibition events bring sumo to new audience

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Jungyo is similar to baseball's spring training for sumo; wrestlers are more relaxed and laid back, and fans have more opportunities to interact with the giant fellows. Some of the venues provide an unusual atmosphere not normally seen at the six regular tournaments each year. On ...

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

More Sports / Judo Aug 30, 2017

Shishime, Abe claim gold at judo worlds

Ai Shishime defeated Natsumi Tsunoda in an all-Japan final of the women's 52-kg competition at the world judo championships Tuesday, while countryman Hifumi Abe claimed the gold medal in the men's 66 kg. Shishime, 23, claimed an ippon victory over 25-year-old Tsunoda with an uchimata ...