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6.8 quake in eastern Turkey leaves at least 21 dead, 1,000 hurt

World Jan 25, 2020

6.8 quake in eastern Turkey leaves at least 21 dead, 1,000 hurt

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, and rescue teams were searching for survivors amid the rubble of collapsed buildings on Saturday. The Turkish government's disaster and emergency management agency, AFAD, said in a series ...

China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says

Asia Pacific Jan 25, 2020

China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that China's Communist Party had created a surveillance state that uses artificial intelligence to repress Muslim minorities and pro-democracy demonstrators. China has faced an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and U.N. rights experts over what they ...

'Morita Tsunetomo: A Retrospective'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jan 25, 2020

'Morita Tsunetomo: A Retrospective'

by Yukari Tanaka

Feb. 1-March 22 Born in Saitama Prefecture, the early 20th-century artist Tsunetomo Morita (1881-1933) began his artistic career as a yōga (Western-style) painter. After graduating from the Tokyo Art School (present day Tokyo University of the Arts), he also began drawing manga and illustrations ...

'Tiida: The Sun'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 25, 2020

'Tiida: The Sun'

by Yukari Tanaka

Feb.4-29 Photographer Hal began taking images of couples in 2004 and has since exhibited internationally and published several photo books, including "Pinky & Killer" (2004) and "Flesh Love Returns" (2016). Most of his works involve couples or explore themes of love, challenge, individuality, intimacy, communication ...

Alvark outplay Grouses in series opener

Basketball / B. League Jan 25, 2020

Alvark outplay Grouses in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Alvark Tokyo guard Seiya Ando didn't participate in the B. League All-Star Game on Jan. 18 in Sapporo, but he's demonstrated time after time that he's one of the league's top guards. By all accounts, Ando's overall impact has been profound for the two-time defending ...

Wild Knights, Brave Lupus stay unbeaten

Rugby Jan 25, 2020

Wild Knights, Brave Lupus stay unbeaten

The Panasonic Wild Knights and Toshiba Brave Lupus maintained their unbeaten starts to the Japan Rugby Top League season on Saturday with wins over the Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars and Honda Heat, respectively. Panasonic made it three bonus-point wins from as many games as it thrashed ...

Kyokutenho was a trailblazer

Sumo | Rikishi Files Jan 25, 2020

Kyokutenho was a trailblazer

by John Gunning

In 1991, though most people didn't realize it at the time, the Oshima stablemaster made a decision that would dramatically alter the course of sumo over the next several decades. The former ozeki brought six young men from Mongolia into his stable and began a ...

Kosuke Hagino eyes gold after Olympic hangover

More Sports / Swimming Jan 25, 2020

Kosuke Hagino eyes gold after Olympic hangover

Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino admits he was swimming “slower than the women” during a rut after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but has backed himself to win gold at this year’s Tokyo Ggames. The 25-year-old swept to the Olympic title in the 400-meter individual ...