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The education system still has much to learn

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Sep 30, 2017

The education system still has much to learn

There is a driven, compulsive quality to Japanese education, which emerges clearly in a report by Shukan Toyo Keizai magazine titled "Schools are breaking down." Technological progress has a side-effect: an economy that demands higher and higher education as the price of admission into it. ...

Winning the battle against breast cancer

Lifestyle Sep 30, 2017

Winning the battle against breast cancer

by Masami Ito

Oct. 1 marks the start of the annual Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. Pretty in pink: Tokyo Skytree is illuminated in pink on Oct. 1 last year to mark the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. | COURTESY OF ESTEE ...

'Sonic Peace': Troubling poetry about the modern world

Books / Reviews Sep 30, 2017

'Sonic Peace': Troubling poetry about the modern world

by Iain Maloney

“Sonic Peace,” which won the Chuya Nakahara Prize in 2006, is in the classic “artist-versus-modernity” vein. It rings with contemporary loneliness, solitary figures awake in the night and vending machines glowing in the gloom. Many of the voices are personified electronic devices, our phones ...

B-Corsairs storm past Lakestars for first win of season

Basketball / B. League Sep 30, 2017

B-Corsairs storm past Lakestars for first win of season

by Ed Odeven

The Yokohama B-Corsairs turned up the defensive intensity on Saturday afternoon in their rematch against the Shiga Lakestars. Fueled by effective defense, new B-Corsairs head coach Satoru Furuta's team trounced the Lakestars 76-45 at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. It was Furuta's first regular-season win with Yokohama, coming ...

Marseille gives defender Hiroki Sakai one-year contract extension

Soccer Sep 30, 2017

Marseille gives defender Hiroki Sakai one-year contract extension

French first-division side Marseille said Friday it has extended the contract of Japan international defender Hiroki Sakai by one season. The 27-year-old Sakai joined the club from German first-division side Hannover in June 2016, and has started in 11 games with the French team. The contract ...

Vonn wants to race in men's downhill

More Sports / Winter Sports Sep 30, 2017

Vonn wants to race in men's downhill

Lindsey Vonn's request to race against men in a World Cup downhill will be studied again by the International Ski Federation (FIS) next week. The United States team will make the formal proposal at pre-season meetings hosted by FIS in Zurich, the governing body announced ...

World Series honor bestowed on Mays

Baseball / MLB Sep 30, 2017

World Series honor bestowed on Mays

Major League Baseball has named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Willie Mays, who's now 86. The decision was announced Friday, the 63rd anniversary of Mays' back-to-the-plate catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants against Cleveland's ...

Man City's Aguero breaks rib in crash

Soccer Sep 30, 2017

Man City's Aguero breaks rib in crash

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he broke a rib after being involved in a car accident in the Netherlands two days before his team's biggest Premier League game of the season so far. Aguero attended a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday evening and was ...

Tanaka baffles Jays with 15 Ks

Baseball / MLB Sep 30, 2017

Tanaka baffles Jays with 15 Ks

Masahiro Tanaka walked off the mound and tipped his cap to fans after one of his most dominant performances since signing with the New York Yankees in January 2014. He struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, ...