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Four dead after fire burns down farmer's house in Aomori

National Mar 11, 2019

Four dead after fire burns down farmer's house in Aomori

Four people were found dead after a fire gutted a farmer's house Monday in Aomori Prefecture, police and firefighters said. The fire broke out at the wooden two-story home of Mitsuhiro Yashiro, 77, in Hirosaki at around midnight. The blaze was put out six hours ...

Editorials Mar 11, 2019

Eight years after the 3/11 disasters

The restoration of infrastructure crippled in the disasters may be nearly completed after eight years, but the rebuilding of people's lives disrupted by the catastrophe, including psychological support for them, remains an ongoing challenge.

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Soccer Mar 11, 2019

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Mohammed Khalfan Al-Romaithi, a candidate for the Asian Football Confederation presidency, said Monday he supports an expanded 48-team field for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Speaking to Kyodo News in Tokyo, Al-Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates said that if he wins the April ...

Sumo 101: Pusher-thrusters

Sumo Mar 11, 2019

Sumo 101: Pusher-thrusters

by John Gunning

When many people think of sumo, they imagine two large men locked in a vice-like grip straining to force each other out of a ring. The common English-language naming of the sport as "sumo wrestling" also reinforces that grappling image. Go to almost any stable and ...

Both yokozuna earn victories on Day 2

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 11, 2019

Both yokozuna earn victories on Day 2

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against Endo on Monday and celebrated a win on his 34th birthday on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In the day's penultimate bout at Edion Arena Osaka, top-ranked maegashira Endo (0-2) had Hakuho on the ropes, ...

Kento Momota wins historic first All England Open title

More Sports Mar 11, 2019

Kento Momota wins historic first All England Open title

World No. 1 Kento Momota on Sunday became the first Japanese man to win the All England Open badminton championships when he beat Denmark's Viktor Axelsen 2-1 in the men's singles final. Momota, the reigning world champion and Asian champion, was stretched to three games ...