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LIVEBLOG: Kim-Trump summit in Vietnam

Asia Pacific / Politics Feb 27, 2019

LIVEBLOG: Kim-Trump summit in Vietnam

We're following the action as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the Vietnamese capital for denuclearization talks at their second summit, eight months after their one-day, landmark meeting in Singapore.

High-ranking Russian officials visit island disputed by Japan

National / Politics Feb 27, 2019

High-ranking Russian officials visit island disputed by Japan

The Japanese government has lodged a protest with Russia over Tuesday's visits by senior Russian government officials to Shikotan, one of the four Pacific islands held by Russia and claimed by Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday. Tokyo insisted that the visits conflict ...

Starbucks to open high-end roastery cafe in Tokyo

Business / Corporate Feb 27, 2019

Starbucks to open high-end roastery cafe in Tokyo

Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday it is opening a four-story, high-end roastery in central Tokyo featuring a bar and lounge, its fifth such outlet worldwide. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo is set to open Thursday in the capital's trendy Nakameguro district. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, well-known ...

'King Kazu' still driven by passion at age 52

Soccer / J. League Feb 27, 2019

'King Kazu' still driven by passion at age 52

A day after his 52nd birthday, former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura said Wednesday his "passion" for soccer was driving him to continue playing at a professional level. "My passion for soccer has not changed since I turned pro at the age of 18," Miura, a ...

Terutsuyoshi adds flair to makuuchi division

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Feb 27, 2019

Terutsuyoshi adds flair to makuuchi division

by John Gunning

It's late February, which means all 650 or so wrestlers of the Japan Sumo Association have decamped to Kansai and are deep in preparation for the upcoming Spring Tournament. The Osaka Basho holds a special significance for many rikishi, as it's the meet where the ...

Akatsuki Five journey from agony to ecstasy

Basketball Feb 27, 2019

Akatsuki Five journey from agony to ecstasy

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Akatsuki Five players were beaming on Sunday after they accomplished their feat, booking a ticket to this summer's FIBA World Cup. But just one year ago, they were in complete agony. Japan began its World Cup Asian qualifying campaign with four straight losses, putting itself ...

Break dancers ready to unleash on Paris 2024

Olympics Feb 27, 2019

Break dancers ready to unleash on Paris 2024

With the push for break dancing to be added to the 2024 Summer Olympics, the future looks bright for Japan and its already prominent group of b-boys and b-girls who will strive for medals should the sport hit the floor in Paris. Last October, Ramu ...