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Lions clinch Pacific League pennant

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 30, 2018

Lions clinch Pacific League pennant

The Seibu Lions clinched their first Pacific League pennant in 10 years on Sunday despite losing 4-1 to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The Lions, who had won 12-straight games to lower their magic number to one before losing on Saturday, lost their second straight ...

Shinzo Koroki lifts Reds in rainy win over Reysol

Soccer / J. League Sep 30, 2018

Shinzo Koroki lifts Reds in rainy win over Reysol

Shinzo Koroki's brace led surging Urawa Reds to a 3-2 home win against Kashiwa Reysol in the J. League first division on Sunday. Urawa's third straight win lifted them to sixth place on 41 points following a poor start to the season with just four ...

Editorials Sep 30, 2018

Postcards from the heavens

For a real change of perspective, head over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) website to see videos and photographs from the Hayabusa2 mission. The pictures are courtesy of two tiny robot rovers, Minerva-II1A and Minerva-II1B, that landed late last month on the ...

The direction of education in Japan

Commentary / Japan Sep 30, 2018

The direction of education in Japan

by Haruaki Deguchi

Japan has the 6-3-3-4 education system — compulsory education of six years in elementary school and three years in junior high school. Students then commonly go on to three years in high school and four years in university. International comparisons show that after completing their ...