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Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

Soccer / World Cup Dec 31, 2014

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

by Gus Fielding

He turns 35 in January, but Yasuhito Endo, Japan's most-capped player, says he has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal as he enters his 13th year with the senior national team. Endo has enjoyed an outstanding 2014 season and was deservedly named ...

Soccer / J. League Dec 31, 2014

Source: Man City group looking to increase Marinos stake

The City Football Group is looking to set up a Japanese subsidiary by next summer with an eye on eventually owning a controlling stake in the J. League's Yokohama F. Marinos, sources have told Kyodo News through Wednesday. CFG, which owns Premier League champion Manchester ...

Sawa's mind on World Cup rather than retirement

Soccer / Women's World Cup Dec 31, 2014

Sawa's mind on World Cup rather than retirement

Homare Sawa has long been the face of Japanese women's soccer, single-handedly carrying the sport years before its national team received the affectionate moniker of "Nadeshiko." Since making her full international debut at the age of 15, Sawa has appeared in five World Cups and ...

Reader Mail Dec 31, 2014

Shameful decision to close parks

Regarding staff writer Tomohiro Osaki's Dec. 29 article, "Shibuya shuts parks, thwarting year-end soup distribution for homeless": I would like to thank The Japan Times for running this story. Shibuya Ward's closure of the three parks during the new year holidays will prevent supporters ...

Reader Mail Dec 31, 2014

The shocking reality of slavery

I was shocked to read the Dec. 21 editorial "End the global slavery scourge," which includes the revelation that there are 35.8 million people enslaved across the world in new, horrifying ways. None of us is born to be a slave; nobody can deny ...

Reader Mail Dec 31, 2014

Tourists want to go off the track

Regarding the Dec. 23 Jiji article "Tourists flocking to Japan but few venture off the beaten track": I have escorted 10 tours to Japan from Australia over the last few years and we certainly have ventured off the beaten track, visiting such places as ...

Reader Mail Dec 31, 2014

Double punishment is not right

The Dec. 14 AP sports article "Peterson loses appeal" describes the NFL's decision to suspend Adrian Peterson until next spring as punishment for his disciplinary switching of his son, which was deemed abusive. I am worried by the idea of one's employer adding additional punishment ...

Editorials Dec 31, 2014

A watershed year for Japan

Japan is at a crossroads in many ways as the nation greets the 70th year since it set out on the path of rebuilding after its defeat in World War II.

National Dec 31, 2014

Hong Kong bans Japan poultry in bird flu scare

Hong Kong's food watchdog said Tuesday that poultry meat and eggs from Yamaguchi Prefecture have been banned due to an outbreak of bird flu there. The Center for Food Safety said in a statement the ban was imposed "in view of the announcement made by ...