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National / Crime & Legal Mar 4, 2020

Entertainer Masashi Tashiro jailed for drug use and possession

Entertainer Masashi Tashiro was found guilty Wednesday of using and possessing illegal stimulants last November. The Sendai District Court sentenced Tashiro to 30 months in prison, six months of which were suspended for two years with probation for rehabilitation purposes. According to the ruling, Tashiro, 63, ...

Japan welcomes first female paratrooper

National Mar 4, 2020

Japan welcomes first female paratrooper

Japan will soon have its first female paratrooper, a 31-year-old woman who finished formal training on Wednesday and is set to join the Ground Self-Defense Force's 1st Airborne Brigade. Sgt. Reina Hashiba took part in a ceremony at Camp Narashino in Chiba Prefecture along with ...

U.N.'s nuclear chief to Iran: Cooperate or face new crisis

World Mar 4, 2020

U.N.'s nuclear chief to Iran: Cooperate or face new crisis

Iran risks triggering a new crisis if it does not cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog after failing to answer its questions about past nuclear activities at three sites and denying it access to two of them, its chief said on Tuesday. Rafael Grossi, who ...

Tokyo Olympics CEO and organizers outline COVID-19 torch relay measures

Olympics Mar 4, 2020

Tokyo Olympics CEO and organizers outline COVID-19 torch relay measures

The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee informed the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday of its plans to cope with conditions related to the current coronavirus outbreak during the torch relay starting from March 26. Speaking with the IOC executive board via teleconference from Tokyo to discuss ...

Nomoto provides spark for Akita

Basketball / B. League Mar 4, 2020

Nomoto provides spark for Akita

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Whether he's on the court or on the bench, Kengo Nomoto has been a spark plug for the Akita Northern Happinets. When he hits the floor, the 201-cm forward is one of the team's most active and aggressive Japanese players. In fact, he's often matched ...

IOC confident Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as scheduled

Olympics Mar 4, 2020

IOC confident Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as scheduled

The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it is confident this summer's Tokyo Games will open in July as scheduled, amid concerns over possible disruptions caused by the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that relocating the Olympics is not an option and that ...