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Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

National May 18, 2018

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

West Japan Railway Co. said Friday it will begin operating a Hello Kitty-themed shinkansen on June 30. The interior and seats of the 500-series shinkansen, to be used for daily round trips between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, will feature ...

All aboard: Exploring Japan's abandoned train lines

National May 18, 2018

All aboard: Exploring Japan's abandoned train lines

by Alex Martin

Admiring the decaying beauty of abandoned railroads is just one of myriad hobbies Japan's railway enthusiasts indulge in. But fueled by a broadening appreciation for the subculture and growth in train travelers, these rusty remnants of industrialization are gathering new steam as tourist attractions while ...

Only 1% of Japan's largest coral reef is healthy, study finds

National May 18, 2018

Only 1% of Japan's largest coral reef is healthy, study finds

Japan's largest coral reef has not recovered from bleaching due to rising sea temperatures, with only 1 percent of the reef in a healthy condition, according to a government study. The overall volume of coral in Sekisei Lagoon near Okinawa had already plunged by 80 ...

Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Hakuho takes first loss

Sumo / Basho Reports May 18, 2018

Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Hakuho takes first loss

Yokozuna Hakuho relinquished his perfect record Friday in a shock loss to second-ranked maegashira Abi on Day 6 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. With Hakuho apparently looking for a belt hold, the 24-year-old Abi drove his head and shoulder into the all-time championship record-holder's ...

Kei Nishikori advances to Italian Open quarterfinals

More Sports / Tennis May 18, 2018

Kei Nishikori advances to Italian Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori powered past Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in straight sets Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. Nishikori, coming off a win against world No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov a day earlier, defeated the 28th-ranked Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-2 in just over an ...

Pep Guardiola inks new deal with  Manchester City until 2021

Soccer May 18, 2018

Pep Guardiola inks new deal with Manchester City until 2021

Pep Guardiola signed a new deal to remain as Man City coach until 2021 on Thursday after a record-breaking season that saw the club run away with the Premier League title. Guardiola masterminded a historic campaign as City became the first side in English soccer ...

Bucks name Mike Budenholzer team's new head coach

Basketball / NBA May 18, 2018

Bucks name Mike Budenholzer team's new head coach

The Milwaukee Bucks officially named Mike Budenholzer as the team's new head coach Thursday. Budenholzer and the Bucks reportedly agreed in principle to a four-year contract on Wednesday. "After a thorough coaching search, it was clear that Mike was the ideal choice as we enter into ...