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National Jan 31, 2019

JR East mulls later train services during 2020 Tokyo Olympics

East Japan Railway Co. is considering extending train operating hours in and around Tokyo during the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year, sources close to the matter said Thursday. The temporary measure is designed to help fans get home or to their hotel from events ...

Do or die for Samurai Blue

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 31, 2019

Do or die for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

This week has provided ample opportunity for all of us who doubted Japan's ability to reach the Asian Cup final to take a long, deep drink from the fountain of hubris. Few expected Japan to defeat Iran, the heavily favored Asia No. 1 which entered ...

Colder than the South Pole: Deadly deep freeze grips U.S. Midwest

World Jan 31, 2019

Colder than the South Pole: Deadly deep freeze grips U.S. Midwest

A blast of icy polar air brought dangerously low temperatures to the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, causing at least three more deaths while halting mail services and forcing residents who pride themselves on their winter hardiness to huddle indoors. Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist with the ...

Trump reaffirms U.S. support in call with Venezuela's Juan Guaido

World / Politics Jan 31, 2019

Trump reaffirms U.S. support in call with Venezuela's Juan Guaido

U.S. President Donald Trump and Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, agreed during a Wednesday phone call to maintain regular contact amid planned protests in coming days, according to a White House spokeswoman. Trump spoke with Guiado "to reinforce President Trump's strong support for Venezuela's ...

Naomi Osaka not named for Japan's Fed Cup clash against Spain

Tennis Jan 30, 2019

Naomi Osaka not named for Japan's Fed Cup clash against Spain

Women's world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was not named for Japan's upcoming Fed Cup clash with Spain, the Japan Tennis Association said Wednesday. Japan will host its World Group II first-round match against Spain on Feb. 9 and 10 at ...