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Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto recovering after collapsing in Italy

National Nov 16, 2019

Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto recovering after collapsing in Italy

Legendary Japanese manga creator Leiji Matsumoto, known for "Galaxy Express 999" and many other works, collapsed Friday in Turin, Italy, but his condition has stabilized, a source close to him said Saturday. Suspected of having a stroke, Matsumoto, 81, underwent a computed tomography scan of ...

Emperor hosts Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquet at Imperial Palace

National Nov 16, 2019

Emperor hosts Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquet at Imperial Palace

The first round of Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquets for Emperor Naruhito and guests who attended the Daijosai grand thanksgiving ceremony took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday. The day's banquet, held after Daijosai was performed by the emperor from Thursday evening to early ...

Lebanon protesters angered by new prime minister pick

World Nov 16, 2019

Lebanon protesters angered by new prime minister pick

Lebanese protesters demanding radical reform have reacted with anger to the reported designation of a new prime minister they regard as emblematic of a failed political system. According to Lebanese press reports and senior officials speaking on condition of anonymity, key political players agreed that ...

Asia Pacific Nov 16, 2019

China blocks critical Australian intelligence chairman

Australia's parliamentary intelligence committee head, who has previously criticized Beijing, said he had been blocked from entering China due to his "frankness about the Chinese Communist Party." Andrew Hastie warned several months ago that the world's approach to containing China's rise resembles the "catastrophic failure" ...

Venice closes St. Mark's Square due to fresh flooding

World Nov 16, 2019

Venice closes St. Mark's Square due to fresh flooding

Another exceptional high tide swamped flood-hit Venice on Friday, prompting the mayor to order St. Mark's square closed after Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro moved to shut the iconic square as the latest sea surge struck with ...

World / Politics Nov 16, 2019

Twitter details bans on political ads

Twitter on Friday said its political advertising ban will include references to political candidates or legislation, and it will not allow ads that advocate for a certain outcome on social and political causes. The popular social media site, which first announced its political ads ban ...

Hakuho maintains advantage

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 16, 2019

Hakuho maintains advantage

Yokozuna Hakuho maintained his sole lead by beating rank-and-filer Takarafuji on Saturday, the seventh day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian-born yokozuna defeated No. 3 maegashira Takarafuji (3-4) to improve to 6-1 in the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Takarafuji fought aggressively ...

Volunteers start 2020 training

Olympics Nov 16, 2019

Volunteers start 2020 training

by Ryusei Takahashi

Diversity was on full display at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Saturday. The former site of the athletes' village from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics hosted the first training session for English speakers volunteering at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and ...

Ozeki Kaio ruled the sport

Sumo | Rikishi Files Nov 16, 2019

Ozeki Kaio ruled the sport

by John Gunning

Raiden is often mentioned as the greatest rikishi never to reach yokozuna. Back when the Edo Period legend was dominating in the ring however, ozeki was the highest rank on the banzuke, with yokozuna still being an honorary title. There are many theories as to why ...

Reysol clinches return to top flight

Soccer / J. League Nov 16, 2019

Reysol clinches return to top flight

Kashiwa Reysol proved for the third time they are a hard team to keep down after clinching the J. League's second-division championship and earning promotion to J1 on Saturday. Reysol, relegated to the J2 this year, booked their first division return in one season, just ...