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Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air

National Jan 24, 2019

Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air

The operation of Japan's oldest monorail line, located at a Tokyo zoo, will be suspended in November following a 62-year run, as the current vehicles are getting old, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. It was vague about whether the monorail runs at Ueno Zoological Gardens ...

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

TV | Wide Angle Jan 24, 2019

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

by Matt Schley

Over the past few years, there has been more mainstream recognition of the idea that discourse is better served when it is expanded outside the sole realm of heterosexual, white, cisgender men. That's true of major forums, and no less true when it comes ...

The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

Film Jan 24, 2019

The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

by Kaori Shoji

Iranian director Ida Panahandeh's fourth feature, "The Nikaidos' Fall," took her way beyond her comfort zone. She didn't speak Japanese nor had she ever visited the country, and yet there she was with a Japanese crew and cast, filming a story about the Japanese ...

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi dies at 66

Entertainment News Jan 24, 2019

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi dies at 66

Zimbabwe's most successful and internationally renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday after suffering from diabetes, ending a career that spanned four decades and 67 albums. The 66-year-old singer, affectionately known as "Tuku," died at a local clinic on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Information ...

Netflix finally accepted in Tinseltown club — but not fully

Entertainment News Jan 24, 2019

Netflix finally accepted in Tinseltown club — but not fully

By earning its first-ever Oscar nomination for best picture with "Roma," Netflix has propelled itself into Hollywood's club of elite filmmakers, but the streaming giant's hybrid business model still hasn't won over its sharpest critics. Netflix on Tuesday earned a whopping 10 nominations for Alfonso ...

Sumo 101: Koenkai

Sumo Jan 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Koenkai

by John Gunning

On the surface sumo generates income the same way as most other sports —through ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorships. While that's the case for the Japan Sumo Association on a macro level; individually, stables and wrestlers also rely on another source of funding — supporters ...

Family, friends maintain hope for Sala miracle

Soccer Jan 24, 2019

Family, friends maintain hope for Sala miracle

Each time he returned from Europe on holiday to Progreso, the small town in Argentina where he lived until the age of 16, Emiliano Sala became "Emi" once more, just like in his childhood. "He wasn't Sala the player, he was Emi. He was one ...