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49 articles published/printed


One son's legacy from the crash of JAL 123

Aug 12, 2018

One son's legacy from the crash of JAL 123

by Miya Tanaka

In the summer of 1985, 9-year-old Ken Miyajima boarded an airplane from Tokyo to Osaka by himself. He had a backpack packed with snacks and juice and was excited about meeting his cousins and visiting Japan's high school baseball mecca, Koshien Stadium. Ken's life ended ...

Lefties push back against Japan's 'righteous' spin

Aug 12, 2018

Lefties push back against Japan's 'righteous' spin

by Sarah Suk

Yu still remembers her mother's firm words: "You're using your other hand." "She wasn't exactly forceful, but when I was little she would say this whenever I grabbed a crayon or spoon with my left hand," recounted the 45-year-old. "Maybe it's the fact that she ...

Lionel Messi named Barcelona's new captain

Aug 12, 2018

Lionel Messi named Barcelona's new captain

Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona's captain on Friday following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice captains. Messi, Barca's all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club's armband ...

Kei Hirata earns second shot with Thunder Girls

/ | Aug 12, 2018

Kei Hirata earns second shot with Thunder Girls

by Ed Odeven

Passion is something that younger and older generations can both detect immediately. After all, it's either there or it isn't. When elementary school students encouraged Kei Hirata to return to cheerleading overseas, their support inspired her. She decided to pursue her passion once again. Now, almost a ...