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Sakakibara siblings set course for Tokyo 2020

Olympics Jan 17, 2020

Sakakibara siblings set course for Tokyo 2020

When it came time for Sydney-based brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara to decide which country they would represent as athletes, the Olympic hopefuls were spoiled for choice. Born in Australia's Gold Coast to a Japanese mother and British father, and having ...

Japanese and other tourists flock to Uluru as climbing ban looms

World Aug 11, 2019

Japanese and other tourists flock to Uluru as climbing ban looms

At the base of Uluru are signs in seven languages asking people to reconsider climbing the landmark, once known as Ayers Rock. The signs briefly outline the beliefs of the Anangu — the indigenous, traditional owners of Uluru and its surrounding lands — who see ...