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GSDF and U.S. Marines start joint drills in snowy Hokkaido

National Jan 26, 2020

GSDF and U.S. Marines start joint drills in snowy Hokkaido

The Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marine Corps held a ceremony on Sunday to mark the occasion of their joint exercises taking place in Hokkaido. The drills began last Wednesday and will continue until Feb. 8. Two of the Marine Corps' Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft, ...

AI to assist railway companies combat problems with snow accumulation

National Jan 26, 2020

AI to assist railway companies combat problems with snow accumulation

Japanese railway companies are turning to artificial intelligence to help tackle potential problems for their shinkansen bullet trains caused by snow accumulation. West Japan Railway Co. is developing an AI system to gauge the amount of snow that collects on Hokuriku Shinkansen trains that travel ...

First test flight of Boeing's 777X jetliner is success

Business / Corporate Jan 26, 2020

First test flight of Boeing's 777X jetliner is success

Boeing Co. successfully staged the first flight of the world's largest twin-engine jetliner on Saturday, a respite from the crisis over its smallest model, the grounded 737 Max. The 777X, a larger version of the 777 mini-jumbo, touched down at the historic Boeing Field outside ...

Brex beat Evessa to remain in playoff chase

Basketball / B. League Jan 26, 2020

Brex beat Evessa to remain in playoff chase

by Ed Odeven

Three wins separate the top four teams in the six-team East Division, and the Utsunomiya Brex are in a spirited fight along with the Alvark Tokyo, Sunrockers Shibuya and Chiba Jets Funabashi for coveted playoff berths. Brex coach Ryuzo Anzai's squad sits a game behind ...

Steelers edge Sungoliath in intense rematch of 2019 final

Rugby Jan 26, 2020

Steelers edge Sungoliath in intense rematch of 2019 final

Dan Carter kicked 15 points as Kobe Kobelco Steelers, the Japan Top League defending champions, won a scintillating rematch with last season's runners-up Suntory Sungoliath 35-29 on Sunday. Tries by Ryohei Yamanaka, Tom Franklin, Fraser Anderson and Richard Buckman allowed the champions to overcome an ...

Tokushoryu perseveres for first Emperor's Cup of career

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 26, 2020

Tokushoryu perseveres for first Emperor's Cup of career

Rank-and-filer Tokushoryu overcame all odds at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament and beat ozeki Takakeisho in the final bout on Sunday to win his first top-division championship. The 33-year-old Nara native delivered the performance of his career at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan to cap off ...