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Freeing Japanese from English trauma

Commentary / Japan Oct 8, 2017

Freeing Japanese from English trauma

by Yoko Ishikura

Recently, I have seen two trends going on regarding English communication skills in Japan. One is the heightened interest in developing English skills among young children. The other is the high expectation for auto-translation, particularly for English-Japanese. Both reflect the decadelong but renewed interest for ...

New film sheds light on nighttime nurseries

Film Oct 8, 2017

New film sheds light on nighttime nurseries

A Japanese documentary film that attempts to dispel negative perceptions about nighttime nursery schools is being released in Tokyo as a curtain-raiser for a nationwide run. The film, titled "Yakan mo Yatteru Hoikuen" ("Nurseries Open Even at Night"), aims to highlight the truth ...

NeoPhoenix roll past lethargic Sunrockers

Basketball / B. League Oct 8, 2017

NeoPhoenix roll past lethargic Sunrockers

by Ed Odeven

There wasn't a way to sugarcoat the facts. The final score — San-en NeoPhoenix 64, Sunrockers Shibuya 54 — spelled out the fact that the hosts didn't do enough on offense to win Sunday afternoon's game at Aoyama Gakuin University Memorial Hall. The facts were the ...

Cerezo, Frontale advance to J. League Cup final

Soccer / J. League Oct 8, 2017

Cerezo, Frontale advance to J. League Cup final

Yasuki Kimoto scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Cerezo Osaka edged local rivals Gamba Osaka 2-1 on Sunday to reach their first J. League Cup final. Cerezo went through 4-3 on aggregate and will face Kawasaki Frontale in the Nov. 4 final at Saitama Stadium. ...

Masahiro Tanaka ready to help keep Yankees' season alive

Baseball / MLB Oct 8, 2017

Masahiro Tanaka ready to help keep Yankees' season alive

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said Saturday he is ready to lift the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians when he starts Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday. "Of course I feel pressured. I want to change the flow and the mood ...

'King Kazu' wants to continue reign

Soccer / J. League Oct 8, 2017

'King Kazu' wants to continue reign

by Andrew McKirdy

Fifty-year-old soccer legend Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire any time soon, even joking that the day he stops will be "the day I die." "I'm planning to play next year," Miura told The Japan Times ahead of Yokohama FC's second-division game ...

Shirai wins third floor exercise gold

More Sports / Gymnastics Oct 8, 2017

Shirai wins third floor exercise gold

Kenzo Shirai won the men's floor exercise gold medal for the third time at the artistic gymnastics world championships on Saturday. Shirai, the all-around bronze medal winner, produced a "Shirai 3," a double-backward somersault triple-twisting layout named after him, en route to successfully defending his ...