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Tsunami-hit railway in northeast Japan resumes regular services

National Mar 24, 2019

Tsunami-hit railway in northeast Japan resumes regular services

A railway line stretching more than 160 kilometers along Iwate Prefecture's Pacific Coast resumed regular services Sunday for the first time since sustaining heavy damage caused by the 2011 tsunami and massive earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region. The service between Miyako and Kamaishi stations ...

Tamiya: A model business for creative, fun-loving customers

Lifestyle Mar 24, 2019

Tamiya: A model business for creative, fun-loving customers

by Jim Allen

While it may look out of sync with its surroundings, model and radio-controlled car giant Tamiya's Plamodel Factory (Plastic Model Factory) flagship store has a happy home amid the office buildings and dining establishments of Tokyo's Shinbashi district. "Being in Shinbashi seemed like quite a ...

Japan is ready for Milan Salone 2019

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Mar 24, 2019

Japan is ready for Milan Salone 2019

by Mio Yamada

As Salone del Mobile (April 9-14) in Milan, Italy, approaches, some of Japan's top designers are now releasing teasers for their contributions to the world's largest interior and furniture fair. This month On: Design previews a few installations that look set to promote Japan's ...

A pair of cats find love in a new home

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Mar 24, 2019

A pair of cats find love in a new home

Chapuche was featured in The Japan Times Adopt Me! section in May 2017 and her best friend, Chijimi, was spotlighted the following month. The two cats had already spent five lonely years at ARK and hope was growing dim that they would ever be adopted. ...

Sumo 101: Instant replay

Sumo Mar 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Instant replay

by John Gunning

One of sumo's most distinctive sights is its ringside judges. Clad in black, the five men are all sumo elders as well as former wrestlers. They are the ultimate authority when it comes to wins and losses. If one disagrees with the referee's decision he will raise ...

Perfect Hakuho captures 42nd title

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 24, 2019

Perfect Hakuho captures 42nd title

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his career championship haul to 42 on Sunday after winning the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a record 15th undefeated run. Needing a win against fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu to avoid a championship playoff, Hakuho was pushed to the limit in a ...

Yuzuru Hanyu gushes about retiring baseball star Ichiro Suzuki

Figure Skating Mar 24, 2019

Yuzuru Hanyu gushes about retiring baseball star Ichiro Suzuki

Fresh off securing the silver medal at this week's Figure Skating World Championships, two-time Olympic men's champion Yuzuru Hanyu spoke Sunday of how much retiring baseball star Ichiro Suzuki impacted him. Hanyu praised his Japanese countryman, who wrapped up his 28-year professional career Thursday in ...

Rugby Mar 24, 2019

Sunwolves pay price for mistakes against Lions

The Sunwolves were full of fire but short on finish Saturday as they were overpowered 37-24 in a six-try effort as the Lions exploited a pile of mistakes by the Japanese side. The Sunwolves were awarded a sixth-minute penalty try after a relentless opening assault. ...