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Japan's latest big thing: 'virtual YouTubers'

National | FYI Jul 17, 2018

Japan's latest big thing: 'virtual YouTubers'

by Kazuaki Nagata

YouTube erected a platform where commoners could climb the ladder to stardom. Now, the video-sharing giant is seeing another wave of new talent diving into a glittering entertainment scene. They aren't exactly human, though. These entertainers are called "virtual YouTubers," or "VTubers," and are represented by digital ...

Bridge to China brings threat for Hong Kong's native pink dolphin

World Jul 17, 2018

Bridge to China brings threat for Hong Kong's native pink dolphin

Hong Kong's rare pale pink dolphins are battling for survival as building work on a 19-mile (31-km) bridge linking the Asian financial hub with China disrupts the communication and feeding activities of the highly sociable animals, marine experts say. The Chinese white dolphin, which appears ...

Editorials Jul 17, 2018

The lessons of Les Bleus

Many of the teams that did well in the tournament were multiethnic and multiracial, but success in sports does not produce tolerance.

Title-chasing Mitakeumi raises record to 10-0

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 17, 2018

Title-chasing Mitakeumi raises record to 10-0

Sekiwake Mitakeumi remained in sole possession of the lead after earning his 10th straight win on Tuesday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. In their first career matchup, Mitakeumi and No. 4 maegashira Kagayaki (3-7) locked up after the initial charge and briefly held their ...

Sunwolves optimistic despite tough season

Rugby Jul 17, 2018

Sunwolves optimistic despite tough season

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Sunwolves entered their third season in Super Rugby with a lofty goal of finishing in the top five in the standings. However, the team had a league-worst 3-13 record in the 2018 campaign. Nonetheless, the players insisted that it was a meaningful season that would ...