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The week ahead for March 18 to March 24

Reference | The Week Ahead Mar 17, 2019

The week ahead for March 18 to March 24

Monday Finance Ministry to release preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for February. Japan logged trade deficit of ¥1.42 trillion ($12.7 billion) in January, the widest margin of red ink in nearly five years amid steep fall in exports to China. Focus is on to what ...

Startups get a boost in Japan

Digital | ON: TECH Mar 17, 2019

Startups get a boost in Japan

by Chiho Komoriya

Late February was a productive time for startups, with two important events taking place in Japan: Slush Tokyo 2019, a major nonprofit conference, and Tohoku Growth Accelerator Demo Day in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, a smaller conference that also offers advice to fledgling startups. Here ...

This dachshund is the toast of the town

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Mar 17, 2019

This dachshund is the toast of the town

Little Kongari has been sitting at ARK for nearly six long years — and that's a long time for a cute little 7-kilogram dachshund not to be swept up and taken home. He's now about 10 years old, but his zest for life and voracious ...

Eddie Jones grateful for Scotland 'lesson' ahead of World Cup

Rugby Mar 17, 2019

Eddie Jones grateful for Scotland 'lesson' ahead of World Cup

England head coach Eddie Jones said he hoped his team would learn a valuable World Cup lesson after it was "seduced by the scoreboard" as Scotland produced an astonishing fightback in a 38-38 draw at Twickenham on Saturday. England, knowing before kick-off their title hopes ...

Sumo 101: Nicknames

Sumo Mar 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Nicknames

by John Gunning

All sumo wrestlers have a shikona (ring name). A few, like Endo or Takayasu, use their family name. Most, however, have ring names with elements referring to their stable or place of origin. Anyone with the prefix 琴 (Koto), for example, belongs to Sadogatake Stable or its ...

Hakuho takes sole lead on Day 8 of Spring Grand Tournament

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 17, 2019

Hakuho takes sole lead on Day 8 of Spring Grand Tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho dodged a bullet from rank-and-filer Tochiozan on Sunday to claim his eighth straight win and take sole possession of the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, seeking a record-extending 42nd top-division title, looked on the verge of an upset against No. ...

JOC head voices intention to resign amid bribery probe

Olympics Mar 17, 2019

JOC head voices intention to resign amid bribery probe

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee has expressed his intention to resign to a person close to him, sources with knowledge of the situation said Saturday, at a time when French authorities are looking into bribery allegations related to Tokyo's successful bid to ...