The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

Aug 4, 2016

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

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There has been a recent trend among Japanese comedians to go big — with their workouts. Toshiaki Kasuga, Nakayama Kinnikun and Yoshio Kojima all incorporate flexing into their routines, playing up macho stereotypes for laughs. However, Shun Kaneko isn't laughing. "On Japanese TV, when a ...

/ Nov 21, 2014

Suntory mulls sale of gym chain Tipness to NTV

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is considering selling health club unit Tipness Ltd. to Nippon Television Holdings Inc. as it tires to unload noncore businesses to help pay for its buyout of U.S. distiller Beam Inc. earlier this year, sources said Friday. Suntory is expected to sell ...

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

Dec 5, 2013

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

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In the mid-19th century, a British undertaker by the name of William Banting was struggling to shed some pounds despite having tried every diet known at the time. He tried fasting, exercise and cutting back on his meals without much success — until he came ...