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Nursing homes see spate of deaths amid flu outbreak across Japan

National Jan 22, 2019

Nursing homes see spate of deaths amid flu outbreak across Japan

Amid an outbreak of influenza, the nation has seen a spate of deaths in recent days following mass infections at nursing care facilities. A facility called Shimizu Funai no Sato in Nantan, Kyoto Prefecture, said Tuesday that an 83-year-old resident died Sunday amid the outbreak, ...

Innovative ideas to address global challenges

Business | davos special 2019 Jan 22, 2019

Innovative ideas to address global challenges

As a forerunner facing various social challenges, including addressing the aging population, as well as environmental and energy issues, Japan is poised to find solutions and share them with other countries that are also expected to be confronted with these complex problems. Through hosting the ...

Sumo 101: Keshō-mawashi

Sumo Jan 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Keshō-mawashi

by John Gunning

One of the first orders of business for a rikishi promoted to sumo's second-highest division (jūryō) is getting a keshō-mawashi (ceremonial apron-style belt). Large and heavy, keshō-mawashi are only worn during ring-entering ceremonies and special events. The starched cords attached to a wrestler's regular mawashi during ...

Unbeaten Hakuho secures 10th victory with ease

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 22, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho secures 10th victory with ease

Yokozuna Hakuho claimed his 10th straight win on Tuesday to take a two-bout lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in his quest for a record-extending 42nd top division championship. On the 10th day of the 15-day tournament, Hakuho calmly dispatched No. 4 Okinoumi ...