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Olympic 'host towns' for 2020 join Tokyo summit to swap information

National Feb 26, 2018

Olympic 'host towns' for 2020 join Tokyo summit to swap information

A state-backed summit saw officials from about 130 prefectures and municipalities converge on Tokyo over the weekend to exchange information on their plans as registered "host towns" for the 2020 Olympics. At the summit Sunday, participants exchanged information on their welcome plans for the athletes, ...

Japan gets its first office building fully powered with solar energy

Business Feb 26, 2018

Japan gets its first office building fully powered with solar energy

The country's first office building fully powered by off-the-grid solar energy opened Monday in the city of Saga. Daiwa House Industry Co. is promoting the two-story, 2,400-square-meter facility as a "net-zero energy building" that offsets primary energy consumption through the use of renewable energy created ...

National Feb 26, 2018

Myanmar taps Japanese ODA to upgrade Yangon's circular railway

Myanmar has begun upgrading the six-decade-old railway loop in its former capital Yangon with official development assistance from Japan. Tokyo will provide $207 million for the $301 million project, which is designed to shorten the round-trip travel time to two hours from three. More commuters ...

Commentary / Japan Feb 26, 2018

Education in the digital age

by Koichi Hamada

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will amount to a major test for a Japanese education system focused on reciting facts and performing formulaic calculations — precisely the areas where humans cannot compete with intelligent machines.

Sunwolves trio take lessons from defeat

Rugby Feb 26, 2018

Sunwolves trio take lessons from defeat

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Sunwolves may have come up short in their 2018 season opener, but the contest provided valuable experience for the younger players making their Super Rugby debuts. On Saturday, a trio of young Sunwolves — scrum-half Yutaka Nagare, flanker Kazuki Himeno and center Ryoto Nakamura ...

Ryota Morioka hits double for Anderlecht

Soccer Feb 26, 2018

Ryota Morioka hits double for Anderlecht

Japan midfielder Ryota Morioka scored a brace Sunday to help Anderlecht beat Mouscron 5-3 at home in the Belgian first division. Morioka scored his first goals since joining the reigning division champions in January. The 26-year-old gave Anderlecht the lead in the 26th minute when ...

Tochinoshin returns to sekiwake for Spring Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo Feb 26, 2018

Tochinoshin returns to sekiwake for Spring Grand Sumo Tournament

On the back of his overpowering championship run in January, Georgian wrestler Tochinoshin will compete in March at sumo's third-highest rank of sekiwake, according to the rankings published Monday by the Japan Sumo Association. When the 30-year-old takes to the ring at Edion Arena Osaka ...