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Golden bras put three Taiwan women behind bars

National Mar 19, 2018

Golden bras put three Taiwan women behind bars

Three Taiwanese women have been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle about ¥50 million ($470,000) worth of gold into Japan through their bras, the police said Monday. Each woman had two bowl-shaped pieces of gold hidden in pockets attached to their bras, the police said. The ...

Putin wins another term, but what happens in 2024?

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Mar 19, 2018

Putin wins another term, but what happens in 2024?

In power for almost two decades, Vladimir Putin predictably won a fourth Kremlin term in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, extending his long rule for another six years. With no successor and no political competition, what are the possible scenarios when his term ends in ...

Joining up contradictory conditions in Japanese with 'ippo'

Language | WELL SAID Mar 19, 2018

Joining up contradictory conditions in Japanese with 'ippo'

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

Fudan-no seikatsu-wa setsuyaku-suru ippō, o-iwaigoto-wa hade-ni suru. (They economize in their daily lives on the one hand but pull out all the stops for celebrations.) Situation 1: Ms. Shiba's friend Ms. Kida is marrying a man from Nagoya. 木田:  名古屋の人って、ふだんの生活は節約する一方で、結婚式やお祝い事はすごく派手にするそうじゃ ない?心配だなあ。 芝:  名古屋の人がみんなそうだというわけじゃないでしょ。 Kida: Nagoya-no hito-tte, fudan-no seikatsu-wa ...

DressedUndressed: Beyond genderless fashion

Style & Design Mar 19, 2018

DressedUndressed: Beyond genderless fashion

by Samuel Thomas

DressedUndressed from designers Takeshi Kitazawa and Emiko Sato has been an unassuming yet confident presence at Tokyo fashion week since 2012, when its initial collections courted tailoring connoisseurs with precise unisex attire that scaled in size but otherwise had no gendered distinction. A partnership ...

Japan to face Romania in 2019 Rugby World Cup opener

Rugby Mar 19, 2018

Japan to face Romania in 2019 Rugby World Cup opener

Spain's surprise 18-10 defeat at the hands of Belgium in the Rugby Europe Championship on Sunday allowed Romania to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, setting up a tournament-opening match against host Japan. In its ninth consecutive World Cup, Romania will join Japan in Pool ...

Yuya Osako scores as Cologne earns crucial win

Soccer Mar 19, 2018

Yuya Osako scores as Cologne earns crucial win

Yuya Osako scored the opener in relegation-threatened Cologne's 2-0 home win over 10-man Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga on Sunday. Osako put his team ahead in the ninth minute, receiving a cross from Leonardo Bittencourt and shooting under keeper Bernd Leno. Leverkusen's Lukas Alario ...

Takagi wins overall crown

More Sports / Winter Sports Mar 19, 2018

Takagi wins overall crown

Miho Takagi became the first Japanese to win an overall speedskating World Cup championship on Sunday. On the final day of the season at the World Cup Final, Takagi remained perfect in the World Cup women's 1,500 meters, winning her fifth race of the season ...