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13,000 fled to 768 evacuation centers in Hokkaido after powerful quake

National Sep 25, 2018

13,000 fled to 768 evacuation centers in Hokkaido after powerful quake

About 13,000 people sought shelter at a total of 768 evacuation centers set up in Hokkaido following the powerful earthquake that hit the island on Sept. 6, according to the Hokkaido Prefectural Government. With the magnitude 6.7 quake triggering a prefecture-wide blackout and paralyzing traffic, ...

Dugong activists appeal U.S. court ruling on Okinawa base transfer

National Sep 25, 2018

Dugong activists appeal U.S. court ruling on Okinawa base transfer

On Monday, American and Japanese conservationists seeking to protect endangered dugongs appealed a U.S. district court ruling in August allowing the construction of a new U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture. The plaintiffs contend that the base will destroy a crucial habitat for the last ...

Japan's defense officials to use AI for record management

National Sep 25, 2018

Japan's defense officials to use AI for record management

The Defense Ministry plans to use artificial intelligence for the management of public records, drawing lessons from the mishandling of daily Self-Defense Forces activity logs, according to officials. Under the project, AI algorithms will "learn" the content of public records and ensure that every related ...

400-year-old spice-laden shipwreck 'discovery of decade' for Portugal

World Sep 25, 2018

400-year-old spice-laden shipwreck 'discovery of decade' for Portugal

Archaeologists searching Portugal's coast have found a 400-year-old shipwreck believed to have sunk near Lisbon after returning from India laden with spices, specialists said on Monday. "From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade," project director Jorge Freire said. "In Portugal, this ...

'Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 25, 2018

'Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art'

by Yukari Tanaka

Oct. 2-Dec. 9 Throughout his career, the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) challenged the values of Western art through his experimentation with impressionism, symbolism, fauvism and cubism, and his use of risque humor and wit. In an unusual approach to exhibiting, this show combines the art ...

'Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 25, 2018

'Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer'

by Yukari Tanaka

Sept. 26-Dec. 17 Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was one of the original members of Les Nabis, a French post-impressionist group of avant-garde artists who were inspired by symbolism and the spiritual aspect of painting. Largely influenced by the bold flatness of Japanese ukiyo-e styles, Bonnard became ...

'Nana Kuromiya: Utsutsu'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Sep 25, 2018

'Nana Kuromiya: Utsutsu'

by Yukari Tanaka

Sept. 29-Oct. 27 After winning the 2014 Wonderwall Award for contemporary art, Kyoto-based artist Nana Kuromiya garnered national attention for her unusual techniques, which were derived from her experimentation with conventional mediums. For her oil paintings, she uses extra-liquefied pigments to produce a translucent layered effect, ...

Yuta Watanabe set to start  camp with Grizzlies

Basketball / NBA Sep 25, 2018

Yuta Watanabe set to start camp with Grizzlies

by Ed Odeven

Before training camps get underway, NBA teams held media day on Monday, providing ample interview and photo opportunities. New coaches and players were in the spotlight throughout the league, including former George Washington University standout Yuta Watanabe. In Tokyo, meanwhile, Watanabe's media day photo, showing him ...

Chizuru Arai retains 70-kg world title

More Sports / Judo Sep 25, 2018

Chizuru Arai retains 70-kg world title

Chizuru Arai defended her title at the World Judo Championships on Monday, becoming the first Japanese woman in 15 years to win back-to-back titles in the 70-kg division. Arai defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Marie Eve Gahie of France in 90 seconds in the final ...

Takanohana steps down from JSA

Sumo Sep 25, 2018

Takanohana steps down from JSA

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The Japan Sumo Association attempted to force stablemaster Takanohana to admit that the accusations he filed to the Cabinet Office in March were false. Instead, the former yokozuna who won 22 Emperor's Cups in his illustrious career opted to retire from professional sumo. Takanohana submitted his ...