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Shake-up in U.S. Navy leadership adds to Pentagon churn

World Jul 9, 2019

Shake-up in U.S. Navy leadership adds to Pentagon churn

A surprise shake-up in the U.S. Navy's leadership this week added to some of the biggest churn in memory at top levels of the Pentagon, where positions ranging from the secretary of defense to the heads of military branches have seen jolting turnover. Adm. Bill ...

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Kyoto's Gion geisha district

National Jul 9, 2019

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Kyoto's Gion geisha district

A fire broke out Monday at a restaurant in an area of Kyoto popular with tourists, engulfing several neighboring buildings, police said. The fire occurred at around 9:15 p.m. at a restaurant on the main street of the Gion geisha district, where there are numerous ...

Business Jul 9, 2019

Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan Prime Day strike

Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during the online retailer's summer sales extravaganza, a sign that labor unrest persists even after the company committed to paying all employees at least $15 an hour last year. Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center ...

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

Stage Jul 9, 2019

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tokyo's cozy 60-odd-seat Komaba Agora Theater isn't perhaps where you would expect a cutting-edge multilingual drama experiment to be staged, but that's just where Oriza Hirata has chosen to work his latest magic. There, on a set made to look like a laboratory in the ...

How folk craft found its place in the art world

Art Jul 9, 2019

How folk craft found its place in the art world

by Yoko Haruhara

"Japanese Tableware" highlights the passion with which Soetsu Yanagi — one of the founding fathers of the Japanese folk crafts movement — appreciated artisanal works into his own life, displaying the actual tableware that his family used when they gathered for meals.

Kakuryu, Hakuho remain unbeaten

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 9, 2019

Kakuryu, Hakuho remain unbeaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho each earned their third straight wins at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to maintain their share of the lead. In the final bout of the day at Dolphins Arena, Kakuryu easily dispatched top-ranked maegashira Asanoyama (1-2) in their first ...

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

Sumo Jul 9, 2019

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

by John Gunning

There are six honbasho (official tournaments) every year. They take place in the odd-numbered months, with half being hosted in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The remaining three are the spring tournament in Osaka in March, the July tournament in Nagoya and the November meet in Fukuoka. While ...