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Japan to pitch Kobushi mountain region as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area

Mar 09, 2018

Japan to pitch Kobushi mountain region as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area

The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO will propose for registration as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area the Kobushi mountain region, which straddles Saitama and three neighboring prefectures. The commission said Wednesday it plans to submit an application in September. Whether the region will be added ...

Solo deaths on the rise in 3/11 'disaster recovery housing'

Mar 09, 2018

Solo deaths on the rise in 3/11 'disaster recovery housing'

Isolated deaths are on the rise in the temporary housing complexes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures as their tsunami-shattered communities struggle to rebuild anew. The three prefectures have plans to build a combined 30,000 units of so-called disaster-recovery housing for those displaced. About 90 ...

Japan looks to boost medal count as Paralympics commence

Mar 09, 2018

Japan looks to boost medal count as Paralympics commence

The Winter Olympics may have ended, but there is plenty more high-level competition to come in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Winter Paralympics kick off on Friday, with the promise of awe-inspiring feats by athletes with disabilities. The games run through March 18. Japan's hopes of improving ...

Canada downs Japan in teams' Algarve Cup final

Mar 09, 2018

Canada downs Japan in teams' Algarve Cup final

Japan drew a blank as it lost to fifth-ranked Canada in the teams' final Algarve Cup match Wednesday, finishing sixth in the 12-team invitational women's soccer tournament in Portugal. An early first-half goal by Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence's solo effort in the 50th minute ...

Yokozuna Kisenosato withdraws from Spring Basho

Mar 09, 2018

Yokozuna Kisenosato withdraws from Spring Basho

Kisenosato, one of three yokozuna in the latest banzuke rankings, will withdraw from the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster Tagonoura said Thursday. Tagonoura said the 31-year old, has yet to recover from a chest injury, which forced him to delay preparations for the ...

Seahawks start purge, send Michael Bennett to Eagles

/ Mar 09, 2018

Seahawks start purge, send Michael Bennett to Eagles

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is joining the Super Bowl champions, after Seattle agreed to trade Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday. The Seahawks will part with a seventh-round pick and Bennett in return for a fifth-rounder and wide receiver Marcus Johnson, according to ...

Mariners bring back hitting legend Ichiro

/ Mar 09, 2018

Mariners bring back hitting legend Ichiro

Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has signed a one-year contract with his former club, the Seattle Mariners, the American League team announced Wednesday. Under the $750,000 deal, the 44-year-old will again wear No. 51 for Seattle. He can earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses. "I ...