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Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 27, 2021
Day 4 Tokyo 2020: Live updates
The gold medals continued to pour in for Japan on Monday, with the country sitting at the top of the medals table at the end of the day with eight gold. Can Japanu2019s fairy-tale run continue on Day 4?
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 19, 2019
Rugby 101: A primer on the rules
Rugby in the modern age is a high-paced game of skill and attrition in which 15 players on opposing sides spend 80 minutes hammering away at each other’s goal line. Watching a game, however, how can you spot the difference between a ruck and a maul? And why does the referee keep blowing their whistle at what sometimes seems like every few minutes? We’ve done all the hard work and compiled the following guide for everything you need to know during a game.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 19, 2019
Why rugby is the greatest game in the world
As we approach the start of what some claim is the third-largest sporting event in the world behind the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, it's time to lay down some very clear markers as to why the tournament sits head and shoulders above other global rivals eyeing top spot. For the uninitiated, here's 10 blindingly obvious reasons you should be paying close attention to the tournament come kickoff on Sept. 20:
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 18, 2019
Episode 23: Welcome to the land of the rising scrum — Rugby World Cup 2019 special
This week, we talk to the Rugby World Cup chief, Japan Times rugby experts and a triple-cancer survivor who has cycled from the U.K. to Japan for the games.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jul 24, 2019
Be prepared before heading to Naeba for Fuji Rock
Before you leave to enjoy a weekend of music, culture and ... maybe a typhoon? Check out this list of essentials you'll need to bring along.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
May 5, 2018
Japan 1943: 'Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto dies a gallant death in action'
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet, died a gallant death in a plane during an engagement with the enemy while personally directing the general strategic operations on the front line in April, it was revealed in an announcement issued by the Imperial headquarters on Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Mar 31, 2018
Japan Times 1918: Japan now has female street car conductors
A private street-car company, the Mino Denki Kido Kaisha, in the Nagoya district, following the example in other belligerent countries has made the interesting experiment of employing women conductors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Mar 3, 2018
Japan Times 1993: Blacks face an image problem in Japan
Many of the dozens of black professionals interviewed last week said they are still struggling to change the racist perceptions of blacks that shadow them wherever they go in this country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Feb 3, 2018
Japan Times 1993: Female workers don't like to drink with boss
Japanese women love to drink with friends u2014 provided they are not office colleagues u2014 and hate to drink with their bosses, according to a survey released Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Dec 2, 2017
Japan Times 1942: 'Public to be trained to stab enemies with bamboo spears'
The simplest form of suicide for any enemy parachutist would be to attempt a landing on Japan, for the Dai Nippon Martial Arts Association and the Dai Nippon Physical Training Association will train every Japanese in the manly art of stabbing enemy paratroops with bamboo spears.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Nov 4, 2017
Japan Times 1917: An eye-witness account of Perry's historic visit
"From a far distance, among the wonder-stricken villagers, losing color at the sight of the 'black ships,'" said one farmer, "I stood aghast, wondering what would happen, staring at the unwanted objects."
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Sep 30, 2017
Japan Times 1992: 'Rush hour may be making "salarymen" fit'
Weaving in and out of rush hour throngs to keep pace with a break-neck work schedule has helped Japanese men grow stronger and more agile over the past decade, researchers suggested Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Sep 2, 2017
Japan Times 1992: 'Students get a taste of five-day school weeks'
Schoolchildren had no classes on Saturday for the first time in 120 years as a limited five-day week system started at public schools nationwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Aug 5, 2017
Japan Times 1967: 'Iconic Ginza streetcars are on their way out'
The streetcars that have tootled along Ginza, Tokyo's most glamorous shopping center for the past 56 years, will bow out by the end of the year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Jul 1, 2017
Japan Times 1992: 'Oita village sells itself as "Twen Peaks" '
The tiny village of Maetsue, Oita Prefecture, and Kyushu Japan Railway Co. are riding on the bandwagon of the popular U.S. television series u201cTwin Peaks,u201d asserting that the local scenery closely resembles the fictional American town.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Jun 3, 2017
Japan Times 1967: 'New "James Bond" film drawing huge crowds'
Despite the unfavorable publicity it received during its filming in Japan last year, Eon Films' "You Only Live Twice," the latest of the "James Bond" series, is drawing the biggest crowds since "Thunderball," another Bond released in December 1965
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
May 6, 2017
Japan Times 1917: 'Tampering with mail at the Post Office'
An extraordinary case of wanton mischief by Post Office employes was recently revealed by Mr. K. Ishikawa of Azabu, who made a formal complaint to the director of mails of the Department of Communications.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Apr 1, 2017
Japan Times 1967: 'Wife no longer hesitant in taking a bath first'
The Japanese wife no longer hesitates to take a bath ahead of her husband. This was reported last week by the Life Science Research Society after it had polled some 1,000 persons of both sexes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Mar 4, 2017
Japan Times 1942: 'Abolish or continue study of English?'
Because it is spoken by Japan's enemy nations, the English language has fallen into discredit in this country, and there is even an outcry for its abolition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Dec 31, 2016
Japan Times 1992: 'George Bush collapses during official dinner'
U.S. President George Bush collapsed in the middle of an official banquet Wednesday night and returned early to the Government Guesthouse in Tokyo's Akasaka district.

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