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May asks European Union for Brexit delay until June 30

World / Politics Mar 20, 2019

May asks European Union for Brexit delay until June 30

Britain has asked EU leaders to delay Brexit until June 30, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament on Wednesday, on eve of an EU summit in Brussels. May said she had written to EU President Donald Tusk "informing him that the U.K. seeks an extension ...

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

Film / Reviews Mar 20, 2019

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

by Matt Schley

Spend enough time on the streets of Shinjuku, and you'll eventually spot a flamboyantly dressed figure in a tiger mask carrying fake flowers, stuffed animals and a boombox. This is Shinjuku Tiger, the subject of a documentary of the same name out this week. Tiger-san, ...

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Yokozuna Hakuho held off a stern challenge from sekiwake Takakeisho on Wednesday to maintain his perfect 11-0 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is one win behind the Mongolian yokozuna, who aims to hold onto the lead for a record-extending ...

Sumo 101: Bow-twirling ceremony

Sumo Mar 20, 2019

Sumo 101: Bow-twirling ceremony

by John Gunning

Every day of a sumo tournament concludes with a bow-twirling ceremony, called yumitori-shiki in Japanese. A rikishi — normally from the makushita division — mounts the dohyo from the side of the winner of the final bout and is handed a traditional bamboo bow (minus ...

Sunwolves to be booted from Super Rugby: report

Rugby Mar 20, 2019

Sunwolves to be booted from Super Rugby: report

Japan's ground-breaking Sunwolves team are set to be axed from Super Rugby, a report said on Wednesday, as the governing body prepared to make an announcement about the competition's future. Sydney's Daily Telegraph said the Sunwolves would be sacrificed as the 15-team, globe-crossing tournament reverts ...

Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'

More Sports / Judo Mar 20, 2019

Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'

In a nod to one of cinema's most powerful monsters, the Japan national judo team has adopted "Godzilla Japan" as its official nickname, the All Japan Judo Federation announced Tuesday. In unveiling the new name, along with a logo designed in partnership with Toho Co., ...