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Malaysia scraps multibillion dollar China-backed rail project

Business Jan 27, 2019

Malaysia scraps multibillion dollar China-backed rail project

A multibillion dollar China-backed rail project in Malaysia has been scrapped, government officials said Saturday, adding that the cost of building it was too high. Malaysia has in recent months suspended several major projects signed under the country's previous scandal-plagued regime, in a bid to ...

Lingerie companies face #MeToo challenges

General Jan 27, 2019

Lingerie companies face #MeToo challenges

With G-strings and push-up bras losing their allure as ultrasexiness gives way to comfort and with the idea of seduction being questioned, lingerie designers are grappling with how to be interesting without objectifying women.

A peppy pooch finds a pack to run with

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Jan 27, 2019

A peppy pooch finds a pack to run with

Cockle, a tiny shih tzu mix, was originally rescued from the horrid conditions of a breeder and was first featured in The Japan Times' Adopt Me section in May 2017. He has now been rechristened Shishimaru (after the cartoon character from "Ninja Hattori-kun"), and ...

Rei Ohara finishes second in Osaka Women's Marathon

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 27, 2019

Rei Ohara finishes second in Osaka Women's Marathon

Rei Ohara finished runner-up behind Ethiopia's Fatuma Sado in Sunday's Osaka Women's Marathon. Ohara covered the 42.195-kilometer course in the western Japan metropolis in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 46 seconds. It was Sado's first victory in the race that starts and finishes at Yanmar Stadium ...

Sumo 101: Special prizes

Sumo Jan 27, 2019

Sumo 101: Special prizes

by John Gunning

The Emperor's Cup isn't the only prize awarded on the final day of a sumo tournament. The new champion receives an array of trophies and gifts from various organizations and locales around Japan as well as prizes from several foreign governments. Two to four men normally ...

Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 27, 2019

Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

Sekiwake Tamawashi became the second-oldest wrestler in sumo's current format to secure his maiden championship, winning the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, the tourney's 15th and final day. The 34-year-old Mongolian wrapped up his triumph with his 13th victory, beating No. 9 maegashira ...

Kvitova finds positives despite heartbreak

More Sports / Tennis Jan 27, 2019

Kvitova finds positives despite heartbreak

Comeback queen Petra Kvitova said she was hurting but still felt like a winner after going down swinging against Naomi Osaka Saturday in an epic clash for the Australian Open crown. The Czech, a two-time Wimbledon champion, overcame incredible odds to even play tennis again ...