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Editorials Jan 18, 2019

Sorry spectacle of American politics

While the gamesmanship is amusing from a distance, the U.S. federal government shutdown is exacting a painful toll on the U.S. economy, which is certain to ripple across the global economy.

Madarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan?

Travel Jan 18, 2019

Madarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan?

by Oscar Boyd

The Madarao Kogen ski resort prides itself on two things: its powder snow ("Madapow!") — enjoying over 10 meters of fresh snow annually — and its tree skiing. It is less well-known than some of its rivals within the prefecture, but that just ...

Hakuho, Onosho remain unbeaten, tied for top spot

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 18, 2019

Hakuho, Onosho remain unbeaten, tied for top spot

Yokozuna Hakuho stayed undefeated to remain in a tie for the lead with rank-and-file wrestler Onosho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. The sole competing yokozuna following the retirement of Kisenosato and injury withdrawal of Kakuryu, Hakuho continued his quest for an ...

Sumo 101: A wrestler's typical tournament day

Sumo Jan 18, 2019

Sumo 101: A wrestler's typical tournament day

by John Gunning

The six annual honbasho (tournaments) are the fulcrum around which the sumo world turns. Ninety days a year sumo wrestlers participate in events whose outcome determines not only how high or low they will be ranked but also what clothes they can wear, whether or ...

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho with ankle injury

Sumo Jan 18, 2019

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho with ankle injury

Grand champion Kakuryu has pulled out of the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament because of pain in his right ankle, his stablemaster Izutsu said Friday, the sixth day of the basho. The withdrawal of the 33-year-old leaves just one yokozuna in the 15-day tournament ...