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Japan's pet detectives

Apr 14, 2018

Japan's pet detectives

Myriad spiritual and high-tech options are available to help owners find their missing animals, but human trackers are still the best bet.

A fuzzy tale of Japan's famous cats in hats

Mar 18, 2018

A fuzzy tale of Japan's famous cats in hats

When Ryo Yamazaki picked up a chunk of one of his cat's shed fur and fashioned it on top of his Scottish fold's head in a Trump-esque quiff, he did it for a laugh. Little did he know that the photo he took and posted ...

Shogi showdown pits 'god' against 'genius'

Feb 15, 2018

Shogi showdown pits 'god' against 'genius'

The match of the century. The battle between a "god" and a "genius." The faceoff between the undisputed champion of shogi and his touted successor. The hype surrounding Saturday's match of the Japanese version of chess pits shogi legend Yoshiharu Habu against the nation's youngest ...