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Prize-winning Fukuoka dance team puts Kurume on YouTube radar

National Sep 13, 2018

Prize-winning Fukuoka dance team puts Kurume on YouTube radar

The Kurume Municipal Government in Fukuoka Prefecture has released a YouTube video featuring Kyushudanji Shinsengumi, a local boys' dance group that won first place at World of Dance 2015 in Los Angeles, to promote the city. The video, which shows the group in action at ...

Obama weighed pre-emptive strike against North Korea after fifth nuclear blast and missile tests near Japan in 2016, Woodward book claims

Asia Pacific / Politics Sep 13, 2018

Obama weighed pre-emptive strike against North Korea after fifth nuclear blast and missile tests near Japan in 2016, Woodward book claims

by Jesse Johnson

Former U.S. President Barack Obama considered a pre-emptive strike on North Korea after it conducted its fifth nuclear test in September 2016, just days after lobbing three medium-range ballistic missiles 1,000 kilometers into Japan's exclusive economic zone, according to a book by Watergate journalist ...

Japan's three-year cancer survival rate at 71%

National / Science & Health Sep 13, 2018

Japan's three-year cancer survival rate at 71%

The three-year survival rate stood at 71.3 percent for people who were diagnosed with cancer in Japan in 2011, the National Cancer Center said in a survey report Wednesday. The survey covered some 300,000 patients at 268 designated hospitals for cancer treatment and other institutions ...

Sailors slam Japan for having dolphin show at World Cup opening

National Sep 13, 2018

Sailors slam Japan for having dolphin show at World Cup opening

The Japanese organizer of the World Cup sailing competition has been criticized for having included a dolphin show in the opening ceremony. World Sailing, a governing body that seeks to protect marine cetaceans, said in a statement it was "disappointed" that the organizing committee of ...

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen

Music Sep 13, 2018

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen

by Patrick ST. Michel

For millions of Japanese music fans in the 1990s, Namie Amuro wasn't just the Heisei Era's defining pop star, she was someone they grew up with. This relationship is clear in the year-long documentary series, "Finally," which has been streaming on Hulu since the 40-year-old ...

When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan

Music Sep 13, 2018

When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan

by May Masangkay

When pop diva Namie Amuro took the music scene by storm, she not only captivated throngs of girls and women with her performances but also inspired their fashion, spawning the "Amuraa" look of the mid-1990s. Clad in a miniskirt and thick-soled boots, with her hair ...

Steph Curry sweeps into Tokyo on tour of Asia

Basketball / NBA Sep 13, 2018

Steph Curry sweeps into Tokyo on tour of Asia

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Making his final stop on a weeklong, three-city promotional tour, NBA superstar Steph Curry was tireless interacting with the local players and fans at an event in Tokyo. After he had been to Manila and Wuhan, China, Curry flew to the Japanese capital on Monday ...

Top-ranked fighters win on Day 4

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 13, 2018

Top-ranked fighters win on Day 4

Yokozuna Kisenosato emptied the tanks yet again and pulled off his fourth consecutive win Wednesday at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato had to muster all of his strength to take on top-ranked maegashira Kaisei (1-3), the second heaviest wrestler in the top division who ...

Sumo 101: The Emperor's Cup

Sumo Sep 13, 2018

Sumo 101: The Emperor's Cup

by John Gunning

"To the victor go the spoils" is a phrase that could have been coined for sumo. In a sport already top heavy in terms of privilege and salary, the outright winner of each tournament gets virtually all of the prizes on offer. While (usually) a couple ...

Ferrari, Mercedes prepare for battle

More Sports / Auto Racing Sep 13, 2018

Ferrari, Mercedes prepare for battle

Sebastian Vettel is under growing pressure to slash Lewis Hamilton's championship lead at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix — and erase Ferrari's painful memories from last year in the process. Mercedes normally struggles at the steamy Marina Bay Circuit, but in 2017 Hamilton won after ...

Hisashi Iwakuma leaving Mariners to continue career in Japan

Baseball / MLB Sep 13, 2018

Hisashi Iwakuma leaving Mariners to continue career in Japan

The Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma will leave the team at the end of this season in order to continue his playing career, the American League club announced Tuesday. The 37-year-old former All-Star pitcher has been seeking a return to the majors since undergoing shoulder surgery ...