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National Jan 14, 2019

Japan plans to take steps against 'fake news' by June

The government plans to come up with a set of measures aimed at preventing the spread of false online information, or "fake news," particularly during elections and disasters, according to government sources. Officials are seeking to come up with the package around June, which may ...

Kisenosato's stablemaster says embattled yokozuna will keep fighting

Sumo Jan 14, 2019

Kisenosato's stablemaster says embattled yokozuna will keep fighting

Despite equaling the record for the worst losing streak by a yokozuna, Kisenosato will compete on Day 3 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, according to his stablemaster. Asked by reporters if the 32-year-old yokozuna would fight on Tuesday, stablemaster Tagonoura answered, "Yes, of ...

Sumo 101: Sanyaku

Sumo Jan 14, 2019

Sumo 101: Sanyaku

by John Gunning

Sanyaku is the collective noun for the three ranks below yokozuna. In reality though, ozeki is rarely included when the term is used, with the vast majority of incidences referring only to komusubi and sekiwake. Unlike sumo's top two ranks, there is no special criteria for ...

Kashiwa defender Yuta Nakayama set to move to Netherlands

Soccer / J. League Jan 14, 2019

Kashiwa defender Yuta Nakayama set to move to Netherlands

Kashiwa Reysol defender Yuta Nakayama will transfer to Dutch first-division side PEC Zwolle, the J. League club announced Monday. The 21-year-old Nakayama has made 76 appearances in the Japanese first division since his debut in 2015. He won the J. League's Best Young Player award ...

Kisenosato's woes continue on Day 2

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 14, 2019

Kisenosato's woes continue on Day 2

Kisenosato inched closer to the professional precipice with his second straight loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. The 32-year-old yokozuna, who has been tasked with wrestling well after two injury-plagued years, attacked huge Mongolian Ichinojo (2-0) from the get-go, but never ...

Fernando Torres returning to Sagan Tosu

Soccer / J. League Jan 14, 2019

Fernando Torres returning to Sagan Tosu

Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has renewed his contract with J. League first-division side Sagan Tosu, the club announced Sunday. Torres, who scored 38 goals in 110 matches for Spain's national team, joined unheralded Sagan last July in a shock move that made headlines around ...

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Soccer Jan 14, 2019

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Japan booked a ticket to the knockout stage of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Group F opponent Oman, but the four-time champion was once again less than convincing. Relying on a first-half penalty from Genki ...