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LDP lawmakers launch <I>rakugo</I> storytelling caucus

National / Politics Nov 20, 2018

LDP lawmakers launch rakugo storytelling caucus

Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, including Lower House member Shinjiro Koizumi, one of the most popular politicians in Japan, launched a caucus on Tuesday to enjoy and learn from rakugo sit-down comic storytelling shows. The caucus comprising rakugo fan LDP members is ...

Japan's artistic rebels of the 1980s

Art Nov 20, 2018

Japan's artistic rebels of the 1980s

by Matthew Larking

While nothing so much as an epochal rupture occurred, 1980s' artists in Japan were reactive to the lingering concerns of the '70s — in that decade, oil painting and sculpture were mostly passe, while modernism appeared exhausted.

Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup

Soccer Nov 20, 2018

Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup

Japan proved a cut above in its last friendly before next year's Asian Cup, beating Kyrgyzstan 4-0 on Tuesday. A second-minute strike by national team debutant Ryosuke Yamanaka set the tone, with Genki Haraguchi adding another midway through the first half and substitutes Yuya Osako ...

Japan SailGP team joins new global circuit

More Sports Nov 20, 2018

Japan SailGP team joins new global circuit

by Jason Coskrey

"This is like Formula One on water." That's how Sir Russell Coutts, who won a gold medal for New Zealand in sailing at the 1984 Olympics and won the America's Cup five times, describes SailGP, the nation vs. nation sailing circuit set to launch early ...

Takakeisho stays one win ahead

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 20, 2018

Takakeisho stays one win ahead

Komusubi Takakeisho remains the sole leader after he improved to a 9-1 record on Tuesday with five days remaining at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Takakeisho, whose only defeat came on Day 7 to sekiwake Mitakeumi, beat top-ranked maegashira Hokutofuji (5-5) in a one-sided bout ...

Sumo 101: Gyoji

Sumo Nov 20, 2018

Sumo 101: Gyoji

by John Gunning

Sumo referees are arguably the most elaborately outfitted arbiters in the sporting world. The brightly colored kimonos they wear in the ring provide a dramatic contrast to wrestlers clad only in mawashi. The intricateness of the attire, which is based on traditional clothing, increases as gyoji ...

Zozo set to host PGA Tour event in Japan

More Sports / Golf Nov 20, 2018

Zozo set to host PGA Tour event in Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan will host its first-ever PGA Tour event starting next year with one of the fastest growing online business companies in the nation as the tourney's title sponsor, organizers announced on Tuesday. The event will be called the Zozo Championship. The North American premier golf ...