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Japan's anime tourism: A blend of cash and chaos

National Sep 15, 2019

Japan's anime tourism: A blend of cash and chaos

by Yi Xiaojun

When Liu Chenyu and Ji Xiaotian arrived in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, for their honeymoon early this summer, the Great Buddha and Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, two well-known tourist spots in the area, weren't what they wanted to see. Their destination was a railway crossing near Kamakura ...

Princess Kako leaves for 11-day visit to Austria and Hungary

National Sep 15, 2019

Princess Kako leaves for 11-day visit to Austria and Hungary

Making her first official overseas trip, Princess Kako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, left Sunday for Austria and Hungary to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan's diplomatic ties with the two countries. The 24-year-old younger daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, the emperor's younger brother, will ...

Choice of new CEO key as Nissan seeks to escape turmoil

Business / Corporate Sep 15, 2019

Choice of new CEO key as Nissan seeks to escape turmoil

With Nissan Motor Co. CEO Hiroto Saikawa stepping down on Monday, the focal point will be on whether the automaker can swiftly escape from confusion over corporate governance under a new top management. Saikawa is slated to resign to take responsibility for revelations that he ...

Editorials Sep 15, 2019

Nissan's challenges post-Saikawa

Whoever takes over from Saikawa faces the tough challenge of normalizing Nissan's management as quickly as possible to allow the automaker to charter a path for its revival and start pouring its resources into crucial technologies such as autonomous driving.

Tatsuki Suzuki claims maiden Moto3 win in San Marino

More Sports Sep 15, 2019

Tatsuki Suzuki claims maiden Moto3 win in San Marino

Tatsuki Suzuki claimed his maiden career victory in the Moto3 category at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday. Pole-sitter Suzuki, 21, engaged his Honda in a thrilling seven-rider battle at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, near Rimini in eastern Italy. The 23-lap race was ...

Ichiro thanks Mariners fans in English during pregame ceremony

Baseball / MLB Sep 15, 2019

Ichiro thanks Mariners fans in English during pregame ceremony

Ichiro Suzuki, who amassed 4,367 hits over his historic career in Japan and the majors, was honored with the Seattle Mariners Franchise Achievement Award on Saturday and took the opportunity to thank the home crowd with a speech in English. The 45-year-old, who announced his ...

Sumo 101: <i>Banzuke-gai</i>

Sumo Sep 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Banzuke-gai

by John Gunning

It's common knowledge that the written banzuke (ranking sheet) contains the name of every single wrestler in professional sumo, from the yokozuna at the top right on down to those at the very bottom of the lowest (jonokuchi) division. The only problem with that is ...

Perfect Okinoumi remains in front

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 15, 2019

Perfect Okinoumi remains in front

Rank-and-filer Okinoumi earned his eighth straight win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday to remain undefeated and in sole control at the midpoint of the 15-day meet. The No. 8 maegashira is the first top-division man to secure a winning record at Tokyo's ...

Hanyu skates to win in season debut

Figure Skating Sep 15, 2019

Hanyu skates to win in season debut

Two-time men's Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu opened his season with a comfortable victory at the Autumn Classic International on Saturday. In first place after Friday's short program, the superstar scored 180.67 points in the free skate for a winning total of 279.05. Frenchman ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu withdraws from Autumn Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 15, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu withdraws from Autumn Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu pulled out of the ongoing Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a left knee injury on Sunday, a day after suffering his third straight loss to a rank-and-file wrestler. The 34-year-old Mongolian yokozuna said the knee had been bothering him prior to the ...