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Amid strained ties, Fukushima fears grow anew in South Korea

National / Politics Mar 9, 2020

Amid strained ties, Fukushima fears grow anew in South Korea

Concerns over radiation from the defunct Fukushima No. 1 power plant remain strong in South Korea nine years after the March 2011 triple core meltdown triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Amid deteriorating bilateral ties, the administration of South Korean President Moon ...

Media get peek at Tokyo's new high-tech Takanawa Gateway Station

Business Mar 9, 2020

Media get peek at Tokyo's new high-tech Takanawa Gateway Station

The Yamanote Line's first new station since 1971 was unveiled to the media on Monday, with East Japan Railway Co. showcasing robots and other "futuristic" features to help people find their way around. Takanawa Gateway Station, situated in Minato Ward's Konan district between Shinagawa and ...

Japan begins coronavirus travel curbs on China and South Korea

National Mar 9, 2020

Japan begins coronavirus travel curbs on China and South Korea

The government implemented tougher border control measures Monday for travelers from China and South Korea, effectively banning tourists from the two countries through the end of this month, as it fights to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections. Nearly 3 million visas already issued to ...

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

National Mar 9, 2020

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Several prefectural governments around Japan have raised concerns about a shortage of volunteer interpreters and translators to support foreign residents and tourists during disasters, after making limited progress with addressing the problem, a new survey has shown. The massive floods that were caused by typhoons ...

Top League suspends March games over drug arrest

Rugby Mar 9, 2020

Top League suspends March games over drug arrest

The Japan Rugby Top League said Monday it has suspended all matches for the rest of the month following the arrest of a player with the Hino Red Dolphins for alleged illegal drug use. The league said it would use the break to conduct "thorough ...

Hakuho remains unbeaten as Kakuryu loses on Day 2

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 9, 2020

Hakuho remains unbeaten as Kakuryu loses on Day 2

Hakuho maintained an unblemished record Monday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but fellow Mongolian-born yokozuna Kakuryu suffered an upset loss to komusubi Hokutofuji. After pulling out of the New Year Grand Tournament in January due to a foot injury, Kakuryu (1-1) raised further questions ...

Undervalued Gagamaru has had solid career in raised ring

Sumo Mar 9, 2020

Undervalued Gagamaru has had solid career in raised ring

by John Gunning

To date, four men from the country of Georgia have become sumo wrestlers in Japan. One (Tochinoshin) has been an ozeki, two (Kokkai and Gagamaru) reached komusubi and the fourth (Tsukasaumi — the younger brother of Kokkai) left the professional ranks while still in the ...