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Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku to begin operations around 2021

Business / Tech May 23, 2019

Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku to begin operations around 2021

Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku is set to begin operations around 2021 with the country aiming to regain the title of building the world's fastest computer, replacing its current supercomputer K, government-backed research institute Riken said Thursday. The Fugaku, a nickname for Mount Fuji, aims to ...

Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

Film | Wide Angle May 23, 2019

Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

by Mark Schilling

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's premier film event, has long been a holy grail for Japanese filmmakers. Selection for the main competition is the ultimate goal for many, though screenings in other sections convey prestige at home that other festivals, in Japan and ...

Kakuryu back in tie for first place

Sumo / Basho Reports May 23, 2019

Kakuryu back in tie for first place

Yokozuna Kakuryu recovered from his second upset of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament to reclaim a share of the lead with rank-and-filer Asanoyama, who suffered his second loss of the meet on Thursday. Kakuryu (10-2) was momentarily pushed back by No. 5 maegashira Ryuden (7-5) ...

Sumo 101: Yobidashi (ring announcers)

Sumo May 23, 2019

Sumo 101: Yobidashi (ring announcers)

by John Gunning

The busiest men in sumo are the yobidashi (ring announcers). Named after their most conspicuous duty, yobidashi do far more than just call rikishi up to fight. In fact, pretty much every behind-the- scenes task in Japan's national sport is taken care of by sumo's unsung ...

Allyson Felix criticizes Nike maternity policy

More Sports / Track & Field May 23, 2019

Allyson Felix criticizes Nike maternity policy

Olympic track and field star Allyson Felix joined a chorus of recent criticism against Nike on Wednesday, accusing the sporting goods giant of penalizing female athletes who took time off to have a child. Felix, the only female track and field athlete to win six ...