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Dragon Quest VR arcade to open in Shinjuku

/ Apr 26, 2018

Dragon Quest VR arcade to open in Shinjuku

by Kazuaki Nagata

Game-lovers can wield a sword, use magic and dive into the world of another megahit game series starting Friday at the VR Zone Shinjuku in Tokyo. Ahead of the launch of Dragon Quest VR, the arcade held a preview for media Wednesday with producers touting ...

Studio Ghibli plans to open new theme park near Nagoya by 2022

Apr 26, 2018

Studio Ghibli plans to open new theme park near Nagoya by 2022

The fantasy world of Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki will come to life as a theme park, set to open in central Japan in 2022, the regional government said Wednesday. Miyazaki is the cofounder of Studio Ghibli, the nation's premier animation studio, and is renowned internationally ...

'Love × Doc': A rom-com on doctor's orders

/ Apr 26, 2018

'Love × Doc': A rom-com on doctor's orders

by Mark Schilling

When successful Japanese scriptwriters direct films, they tend to try too hard, cramming in characters, gags, plot twists and a blizzard of cuts. Sometimes, the busyness works, as in Koki Mitani's "Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald," a 1997 screwball comedy about a chaotic radio broadcast ...

Kei Nishikori retires from first match at Barcelona Open

/ Apr 26, 2018

Kei Nishikori retires from first match at Barcelona Open

Kei Nishikori retired from his first match at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday just three days after contesting an ATP Masters Series final with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Having received a first-round bye, Nishikori lost his second-round match to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 0-0 ...

Sunwolves make two changes ahead match against Hurricanes

Apr 26, 2018

Sunwolves make two changes ahead match against Hurricanes

Head coach Jamie Joseph made just two changes to his starting XV Wednesday as the Sunwolves go from facing the 2017 Super Rugby champions to taking on the 2016 winners. Shota Horie and Takuma Asahara come in at hooker and tighthead prop, respectively, for Friday ...

Shohei Ohtani shaky as Angels beat Astros

/ Apr 26, 2018

Shohei Ohtani shaky as Angels beat Astros

Shohei Ohtani didn't have a great start. Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons and the Los Angeles Angels did plenty to finish off the Houston Astros. Trout hit his major league-leading 10th homer and the Angels overcame another shaky outing by Ohtani to beat Houston 8-7 Tuesday ...