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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 ...

The education system still has much to learn

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Sep 30, 2017

The education system still has much to learn

by No Author

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. ...

North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: report

Asia Pacific Sep 30, 2017

North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: report

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital, Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions. The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 29, 2017

Black Rams top Green Rockets in Top League tilt

Ricoh Black Rams picked up their fourth win of the Japan Rugby Top League season Friday night as they beat NEC Green Rockets 29-3. Genki Hasegawa bagged a brace of tries for the Black Rams, whose all around game proved too strong for NEC in ...

Brex too much for SeaHorses on opening night

Basketball / B. League Sep 29, 2017

Brex too much for SeaHorses on opening night

by Ed Odeven

The Kenji Hasegawa era began with his successful debut at the helm on Friday night. The new Tochigi Brex head coach steered his team to a season-opening 78-64 triumph over the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa. Tochigi delivered a high-energy performance in its convincing win. The club's players ...

Soccer Sep 29, 2017

Japan to play friendlies against Brazil, Belgium

Japan will play Brazil and Belgium in friendly matches in Europe in November, the Japan Football Association said Friday. Japan's national team, 40th in the FIFA world rankings, will face second-place Brazil in Lille, France, on Nov. 10, and Belgium, ranked fifth, at a location ...