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Hokkaido museum holds rare exhibition on Sami culture

National Aug 26, 2019

Hokkaido museum holds rare exhibition on Sami culture

A museum in Hokkaido is holding a rare exhibition on the culture of the Sami, an indigenous people of northern Europe and Russia, displaying some 140 items including their craftworks through Oct. 14. Such an exhibition focused on their culture is very rare, according to ...

Falling stone kills climber on Mount Fuji

National Aug 26, 2019

Falling stone kills climber on Mount Fuji

A woman in her 20s was confirmed dead after being hit on her head by a falling stone while climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak, local police said Monday. An ambulance was called at around 7 a.m., reporting that the woman climbing in a group ...

Rhino at Tokyo zoo suspected of killing zookeeper

National Aug 26, 2019

Rhino at Tokyo zoo suspected of killing zookeeper

Police investigating the death of a Tama Zoological Park zookeeper, in the city of Hino in western Tokyo, suspect the man may have been killed by a rhinoceros under his care. The incident occurred Sunday morning, and was reported to the Metropolitan Police Department's Hino ...

How Macron pulled a fast one on Trump with a gamble over Iran

World / Politics Aug 26, 2019

How Macron pulled a fast one on Trump with a gamble over Iran

In a break in summit talks Sunday afternoon, cameras caught British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulating his French host on his handling of a tense dinner the night before. “Well played,” Johnson told President Emmanuel Macron, breaking, momentarily, into French. Conversations between U.S. President Donald ...

Trump suggested nuking hurricanes, report claims

World / Politics Aug 26, 2019

Trump suggested nuking hurricanes, report claims

President Donald Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes before they made landfall in the United States, Axios reported Sunday. During a hurricane briefing, Trump asked if it were possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping a nuclear bomb in ...

Trump aides downplay 'order' to U.S. companies to leave China

Business Aug 26, 2019

Trump aides downplay 'order' to U.S. companies to leave China

Donald Trump's top aides Sunday downplayed the idea of U.S. companies being forced to abandon China anytime soon, as an edict from the president ordering businesses to start looking for alternatives has been met with skepticism. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economics adviser ...

Japan focused on success at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Aug 26, 2019

Japan focused on success at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the FIBA World Cup just around the corner, the Japan men's national team will head to China with confidence, but also with some issues that need to be fixed. The squad played a series of warm-up games against New Zealand, Argentina, Germany and Tunisia ...

Takakeisho dropped to sekiwake for Autumn Basho

Sumo Aug 26, 2019

Takakeisho dropped to sekiwake for Autumn Basho

Takakeisho will have one shot at regaining his status at sumo's second-highest rank, provided he is fit enough to compete, after the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association saw the fan-favorite wrestler demoted to sekiwake on Monday. The Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at ...