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Editorials Jun 30, 2018

Mixed anti-smoking efforts

Tokyo is taking a stronger stance than the Diet in clamping down on smoking in public places. Other prefectures and cities should follow suit.

Reirden named Caps' new coach

More Sports / Ice Hockey Jun 30, 2018

Reirden named Caps' new coach

The Washington Capitals announced Friday that associate coach Todd Reirden has been promoted to replace Barry Trotz as the team's head coach. It's the first head-coaching opportunity for Reirden, who was being groomed for the job under Trotz in Washington. Earlier this week, defenseman John Carlson ...

Players say tactics are part of game

Soccer / World Cup Jun 30, 2018

Players say tactics are part of game

Japan players on Friday acknowledged criticism of the tactics that saw them settle for a 1-0 loss against Poland the previous day, but said they were simply doing what was needed to secure the Samurai Blue's first World Cup knockout-stage berth since 2010. The squad ...

Iconic dog from SoftBank commercials dies at 16

National Jun 30, 2018

Iconic dog from SoftBank commercials dies at 16

Kai, the iconic white dog featured in TV commercials for mobile carrier SoftBank Corp., died of natural causes on Thursday. He was 16. Kai, a Hokkaido, endeared himself to living room audiences with his cute gestures in his role as the first-generation father in the ...

Sunwolves aiming to exhibit consistency against Bulls

Rugby Jun 29, 2018

Sunwolves aiming to exhibit consistency against Bulls

The Sunwolves are looking to beat the same side twice straight and prove inconsistency is a thing of the past when they take on the Pretoria-based Bulls on Saturday at National Stadium. The Japan's Super Rugby franchise won 21-20 in Tokyo in April 2017, the ...