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Next up? Starting gun sounds on 2020 White House race

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Nov 7, 2018

Next up? Starting gun sounds on 2020 White House race

Let the 2020 White House race begin. Tuesday's elections sounded the starting gun for a long, crowded, expensive and no doubt dramatic race for the presidency. Democrats, riding a wave of momentum from their gains in the U.S. House of Representatives, enter the presidential cycle without ...

Tasty lamb saves Hokkaido high school from threat of closure

National Nov 7, 2018

Tasty lamb saves Hokkaido high school from threat of closure

An agricultural high school in Hokkaido — its survival once at stake due to a shortage of students — has bounced back by earning fame through the delicious lamb produced by its pupils. The Hokkaido Embetsu Agricultural High School, the sole high school in the ...

Editorials Nov 7, 2018

No tidal wave but a tide has turned

The world must expect less from Washington during the two remaining years of U.S. President Donald Trump's first term as he and his team face genuine oversight for the first time.

'The Gun': A blast of stylish nihilism

Film / Reviews Nov 7, 2018

'The Gun': A blast of stylish nihilism

by James Hadfield

Chekhov's principle about how you can't introduce a gun in the first act of a story without using it later on might also apply to Toru (Nijiro Murakami). When the university student impulsively snatches a pistol from a dead body he finds by a riverside ...

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

Sumo Nov 7, 2018

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

by John Gunning

November is upon us and that means the final sumo tournament of the year is just days away. So far 2018 has seen Tochinoshin claim the first championship by a maegashira-ranked wrestler in six years, a dramatic return to form by yokozuna Kakuryu, a surprise ...

Mihara aims for comeback season

Figure Skating | ICE TIME Nov 7, 2018

Mihara aims for comeback season

by Jack Gallagher

Two seasons ago Mai Mihara burst onto the scene with victories at the Four Continents Championships and Nebelhorn Trophy, plus solid showings on the Grand Prix circuit, and a fifth-place finish at the world championships. It appeared as if Japan had a new star on ...

Suzuki, Yamanaka earn call-ups for largely unchanged Japan squad

Soccer Nov 7, 2018

Suzuki, Yamanaka earn call-ups for largely unchanged Japan squad

Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday rewarded J. League players Yuma Suzuki and Ryosuke Yamanaka with their first call-ups to the senior national squad following strong club performances this season. The two were named in the 23-man squad to face Venezuela and Kyrgyzstan in ...

Trio of NPB stars planning to file for free agency

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 7, 2018

Trio of NPB stars planning to file for free agency

Orix Buffaloes right-hander Yuki Nishi, Seibu Lions infielder Hideto Asamura and Hiroshima Carp outfielder Yoshihiro Maru said Wednesday they intend to exercise their domestic free agency rights this offseason. A 10-year veteran in Nippon Professional Baseball, Nishi went 10-13 with a 3.60 ERA in 2018, ...