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Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and family meet Bhutan's king

National Aug 20, 2019

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and family meet Bhutan's king

Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and their 12-year-old son Prince Hisahito met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema on Monday and spent time together in the capital city of Thimphu. A classical Bhutanese dance was performed and a band ...

Russian nuclear test sensors mysteriously go offline

World / Science & Health Aug 20, 2019

Russian nuclear test sensors mysteriously go offline

The operator of a global network of radioactivity sensors said Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion on Aug. 8 went offline two days after the blast, raising concern about possible tampering by Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry, which operates the two ...

Editorials Aug 20, 2019

Japan's falling food self-sufficiency

The government needs to review whether food self-sufficiency should be maintained as a key yardstick in its agriculture policy — and if so, what should be the practical level necessary to secure the nation's food supply.

The spirit of Satchmo survives in Tokyo

Music Aug 20, 2019

The spirit of Satchmo survives in Tokyo

by William Archambeault

Yoshio Toyama and his wife, Keiko, have spent most of their lives as unofficial musical ambassadors between Japan and the American city of New Orleans. In New Orleans, Toyama, a trumpeter and singer, is known as the "Satchmo of Japan" for his skillful ability to ...

Minimalism: Not as straightforward as it seems

Art Aug 20, 2019

Minimalism: Not as straightforward as it seems

by John L. Tran

It's 100 years since the Bauhaus art and design school first opened in Weimar, Germany, and the new Muji flagship store in Ginza is as good a venue as any to hold an anniversary exhibition celebrating the values of simple, affordable modernist design.

Four dropped from Springboks' Rugby World Cup training squad

Rugby Aug 20, 2019

Four dropped from Springboks' Rugby World Cup training squad

South Africa released four players from a training camp in Bloemfontein Monday, effectively narrowing to 32 the contenders for the 31-man Rugby World Cup squad to be named next week. A South African Rugby Union Statement said props Lizo Gqoboka and Thomas du Toit, lock ...

Rangers prevail against Angels in extra innings

Baseball / MLB Aug 20, 2019

Rangers prevail against Angels in extra innings

The Los Angeles Angels squandered a six-run lead and lost to the Texas Rangers in their first trip back to the Lone Star State since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room last month, falling 8-7 in 11 innings on Monday. Isiah ...

Special shrine opens ahead of Rugby World Cup

Rugby Aug 20, 2019

Special shrine opens ahead of Rugby World Cup

A special rugby shrine opened in the Marunouchi business district of central Tokyo on Tuesday, ahead of the Rugby World Cup starting in a month. Goal posts resembling a Shinto torii gateway and a bell shaped like a rugby ball to be rung by worshippers ...

Stephen Curry helps Howard University start golf teams

Basketball / NBA Aug 20, 2019

Stephen Curry helps Howard University start golf teams

What started as an innocuous conversation during a public event has evolved into a golf partnership between NBA star Stephen Curry and Howard University. The two-time NBA MVP announced Monday that he is helping Howard re-establish a golf program. Curry is providing a donation that ...

Paul Pogba has penalty kick saved as Wolves hold Manchester United

Soccer Aug 20, 2019

Paul Pogba has penalty kick saved as Wolves hold Manchester United

Paul Pogba pulled his jersey over his face when the final whistle sounded, his latest spot-kick failure costing Manchester United two points and casting doubt over the wisdom of the team rotating its penalty-takers. The France midfielder saw his 68th-minute attempt saved — his fourth ...

Jack Whitaker, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, dies at 95

General Aug 20, 2019

Jack Whitaker, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, dies at 95

Jack Whitaker, whose Hall of Fame broadcasting career ranged from the first Super Bowl to Secretariat's Triple Crown to short essays from major sporting events, died Sunday morning, CBS reported. The network said Whitaker died of natural causes in his sleep in Devon, Pennsylvania. He ...

Akihito Yamada still hopes for a spot on Rugby World Cup team

Rugby Aug 20, 2019

Akihito Yamada still hopes for a spot on Rugby World Cup team

Japan winger Akihito Yamada said on Monday he is still targeting a spot on his country's Rugby World Cup squad after joining French club Lyon on loan. Yamada, 34, who started his nation's shock victory over South Africa at the tournament four years ago, signed ...