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61 articles published/printed


Typhoon Jebi highlights vulnerability of offshore Kansai airport

Sep 07, 2018

Typhoon Jebi highlights vulnerability of offshore Kansai airport

The typhoon that crippled Kansai International Airport and left thousands of passengers stranded at the facility has exposed the vulnerability of airports built offshore, while also highlighting the challenges facing airport operators in delivering the kind of information the public needs during emergencies. Japan's third-busiest ...

Pizza vending machine attracts crowds in Hiroshima

Sep 07, 2018

Pizza vending machine attracts crowds in Hiroshima

Want a piping hot pizza any time you feel like one? So did truck driver Yoshiharu Taniguchi, who craved freshly made Italian pies when he worked long nights. His solution: hunt for a pizza vending machine. He tracked down an Italian company that manufactured them, ...

The rise of state capitalism 2.0

/ Sep 07, 2018

The rise of state capitalism 2.0

by Alissa Amico

The fall of the Berlin Wall almost 30 years ago represented a high-water mark in the retreat of the state from the global economy, signaling a defeat of socialist economics virtually worldwide. From dirigiste France to communist China, countries with widely divergent economic models ...

The Hyoge Matsuri

/ Sep 07, 2018

The Hyoge Matsuri

by Yuki Yamauchi

If you're in the vicinity of Shin Pond in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, this weekend, don't be alarmed if you're suddenly surrounded by a mischievous gang of goofballs. It's all part of the Hyoge Matsuri, a festival that is held in memory of a samurai named ...

China Festival 2018

/ Sep 07, 2018

China Festival 2018

by Yuki Yamauchi

There are plenty of opportunities for people in Japan to interact with Chinese culture, from visiting panda cub Xiang Xiang at the Ueno Zoo to dining out in Yokohama's Chinatown. An event in Yoyogi Park this weekend offers another opportunity. One of the main highlights ...

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

Sep 07, 2018

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

The Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament gets underway on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Like most recent meets this one seems wide open and you could make a solid case for five or even six wrestlers being potential winners at the end of the two ...

Richie Mo'unga to make first start for All Blacks

Sep 07, 2018

Richie Mo'unga to make first start for All Blacks

Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga will start a test for the first time and scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi could make his debut from the bench for New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship game Argentina in Nelson. The 24-year-old Mo'unga has starred in the Super Rugby for the ...