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Bowing to fans becomes new trend for teams at Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 25, 2019

Bowing to fans becomes new trend for teams at Rugby World Cup

Teams competing at the Rugby World Cup in Japan have taken up a new tradition of bowing to spectators after matches to express their appreciation, a familiar scene in Japanese rugby. New Zealand set the trend at this tournament when the All Blacks addressed the ...

Deadly heat a major concern for Tokyo Games

National Jul 30, 2019

Deadly heat a major concern for Tokyo Games

With Tokyo's summer heat and unpredictable weather likely to prove a severe headache during the 2020 Olympics, sports bodies are using every resource at their disposal to prepare athletes and spectators for extreme conditions. Several organizations have turned to a weather forecasting company to feed ...

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

National Jan 8, 2019

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

Despite the workload and responsibility, being a giant panda breeder at a zoo is something 37-year-old Kimiyo Shintani takes great pride in. Shintani's day centers around six giant pandas, including a 4-month-old female cub, kept at the Adventure World amusement park in the small resort ...

Paralympic repair specialist fixing to help at 2020 Tokyo Games

National May 17, 2018

Paralympic repair specialist fixing to help at 2020 Tokyo Games

When it comes to repairing the specialized equipment of Paralympic athletes, technicians experiment with the latest technologies on the spot, even though their work can often mean the difference between success and failure. Hiroki Nakajima, one of two Japanese technicians who worked on athletes' wheelchairs ...