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Japanese authorities say suicide of JAXA contractor was work-related

National Apr 3, 2019

Japanese authorities say suicide of JAXA contractor was work-related

Authorities have recognized the October 2016 suicide of a man involved in satellite control operations at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tsukuba Space Center as a work-related death, it was learned Wednesday. The labor standards inspection office of Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, ruled on Tuesday that ...

Emperor cancels attendance at rituals and other events due to cough

National Apr 3, 2019

Emperor cancels attendance at rituals and other events due to cough

Emperor Akihito canceled his attendance at the rituals and other events scheduled for Wednesday after developing a cough the previous night, the Imperial Household Agency has said. The agency said the move was a precautionary measure. The rituals are unrelated to a series of ceremonies ...

FAA was lax in Boeing 737 Max inspector training, whistle-blowers allege

World Apr 3, 2019

FAA was lax in Boeing 737 Max inspector training, whistle-blowers allege

Whistle-blowers have told the Senate Commerce Committee that safety inspectors at the Federal Aviation Administration, including those involved with approvals for the Boeing Co. 737 Max, lacked proper training and certifications, according to the panel's chairman. "Multiple whistleblowers" provided the committee with information alleging that ...

'JK Rock': A rock 'n' roll battle of the sexes

Film / Reviews Apr 3, 2019

'JK Rock': A rock 'n' roll battle of the sexes

by Mark Schilling

There are many Japanese musical films about aspiring rock and pop stars (though not Hollywood-style musicals, which are seldom made here.) Among the best-loved is "Linda, Linda, Linda," Nobuhiro Yamashita's 2005 film about four teenage girls who hastily form a band and wow the ...

Famed Japanese champion mare Vodka dies

More Sports / Horse Racing Apr 3, 2019

Famed Japanese champion mare Vodka dies

Japanese thoroughbred mare Vodka, who became the first filly to win the Japanese Derby in 64 years, has died from laminitis, the Japan Racing Association said Wednesday. The 15-year-old mare died Monday in Newmarket, England, where she had been staying to mate. She tied the ...

J. League shows sense of humor

Soccer | From the Spot Apr 3, 2019

J. League shows sense of humor

by Dan Orlowitz

Sometimes a sports organization's greatest strength is the capability to laugh at itself. Developing this skill has been one of the J. League's biggest challenges in the modern age of social media-based marketing. It's a challenge that transcends sports in Japan, where a company's brief foray ...

Toho captures final high school championship of Heisei Era

Baseball Apr 3, 2019

Toho captures final high school championship of Heisei Era

Toho, the Aichi Prefecture school that won the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament held in the first year of the Heisei Era 30 years ago, won the spring final on Wednesday in the last tournament of the current era. Toho beat Narashino, of Chiba ...

New Zealand names experienced Cricket World Cup squad

More Sports / Cricket Apr 3, 2019

New Zealand names experienced Cricket World Cup squad

New Zealand opted for experience in a 15-man squad named Wednesday for this year's cricket World Cup, with rookie Tom Blundell's inclusion as back-up wicketkeeper the only real surprise. The Blacks Caps hope to shed their tag as valiant losers and claim the title after ...