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While global sumo took its first steps toward becoming an organized sport under Hidetoshi Tanaka, it would be an exaggeration to say that everything was plain sailing internationally while the former president was in power.
Jan 17, 2024
Scandal-hit giant of sumo Hidetoshi Tanaka leaves a complicated legacy
For Tanaka, a terse International Sumo Federation statement marked an ignominious end to the life of one of sumo’s most influential figures.
Aki Yashiro (second from right) calls for donations during a charity show held in Tokyo in May 2016 to support quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture.
Jan 10, 2024
Popular enka singer Aki Yashiro dies at 73
Yashiro had suspended her musical activities after announcing in September that she would focus on treatment of a connective tissue illness.
Kishin Shinoyama speaks during an interview in Tokyo in September 2016 with posters of his works in the background.
Jan 5, 2024
Celebrated Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama dies at 83
Shinoyama photographed iconic figures across diverse genres.
An ambulance (left) carrying the body of South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun leaves a park in central Seoul on Wednesday. Lee, best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film "Parasite," was found dead in an apparent suicide, Yonhap news agency reported.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 27, 2023
'Parasite' actor Lee Sun-kyun found dead amid drug allegations
Lee had been under investigation amid an ongoing government crackdown on illegal drug use.
Terao, later known as Shikoroyama, defeats yokozuna Takanohana at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka in 1995.
Dec 20, 2023
Stablemaster Shikoroyama's lasting sumo legacy
The stablemaster √ leaves behind a legacy as a popular star who fostered respect for the sport and its participants among the general public.
Sumo stablemaster Shikoroyama (right) with wrestler Abi in Nagoya in June 2019
Dec 18, 2023
Sumo stablemaster Shikoroyama dies at 60
Shikoroyama made his professional sumo debut from the Izutsu stable, then headed by his father, in 1979.
Kuwait's then-Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah arrives to attend a conference in Kuwait City in 2014.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 17, 2023
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf dies; Sheikh Meshal named as successor
Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber, 83, who has been Kuwait's de facto ruler since 2021, was named as Sheikh Nawaf's successor.
Henry Kissinger, alongside U.S. President Richard Nixon, is sworn in as secretary of state on Sept. 22, 1973.
Dec 3, 2023
'My blood boils': Kissinger's bitter legacy in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, millions remember when the U.s. bombed swaths of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War, an onslaught ordered by Kissinger and Nixon.
U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington in 2003.
Dec 2, 2023
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, dies at 93
The court said in a statement that O'Connor died in Phoenix of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.
As well as writing scripts for movies and plays, Taichi Yamada was successful as a novelist, winning many prizes including the Yamamoto Shugoro award, given in 1988 for his novel "Ijintachi tono Natsu."
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 1, 2023
Screenwriter Taichi Yamada dies at 89
Yamada is known for popular TV dramas such as "Fuzoroi no Ringotachi" and "Otokotachi no Tabiji."
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group’s CEO Jun Ohta died Saturday. He was 65.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 27, 2023
Sumitomo Mitsui CEO Jun Ohta, who pushed Asia expansion, dies at 65
Ohta’s well-being attracted attention when he missed an earnings briefing earlier this month, with the bank citing health reasons.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter dance at a White House Congressional Ball in Washington, on Dec. 13, 1978.
Nov 20, 2023
Former U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96
Seen as unassuming and quiet before coming to Washington in 1977, Carter developed into an eloquent speaker, campaigner and activist.
Daisaku Ikeda
JAPAN / Society
Nov 18, 2023
Former Soka Gakkai leader Daisaku Ikeda dies at 95
The former president of the lay Buddhist group, one of the largest religious groups in Japan, died of old age on Wednesday at his home in Tokyo.
Hiroyuki Hosoda is elected as Lower House Speaker in November 2021.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Former Lower House speaker and LDP heavyweight Hiroyuki Hosoda dies
The seasoned lawmaker served in key posts in the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, including as chief Cabinet secretary.
Bobby Knight introduces Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, in 2016. Knight died Wednesday at age 83.
Nov 2, 2023
Bobby Knight, basketball coach known for trophies and tantrums, dies at 83
Mercurial and volatile, Knight was a brilliant coach who sought out intelligent players, making his mark at Indiana University.
Then-Chinese Premier Li Keqiang takes the oath after he was re-elected for a second term during the sixth-plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing in March 2018.
Oct 30, 2023
Remembering Li Keqiang, who retired with a broken heart
He is best known outside of China for the Li Keqiang Index, created by The Economist to measure the nation’s economic growth.
Matthew Perry at the premiere of "The Kennedys After Camelot" in Beverly Hills, California, in 2017
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 29, 2023
'Friends' actor Matthew Perry dies at age 54
Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that Perry was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home.
Bobby Charlton scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for Manchester United, as well as 49 goals in 106 caps for England.
Oct 22, 2023
Bobby Charlton, England and Manchester United great, dies at 86
A survivor of the infamous 1958 Munich air crash, Charlton later helped England win its only World Cup and guided United to European glory.
Shinji Tanimura sings at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in April 2010.
Oct 16, 2023
Japanese singer Shinji Tanimura dies at 74
Tanimura, leader of Japanese folk group Alice, underwent surgery for acute enteritis in March this year, with ongoing treatment.
Dariush Mehrjui attends the commemoration ceremony of the 20th Great Celebration of Iranian Cinema in August 2018
Oct 15, 2023
Prominent Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui stabbed to death
The 83-year-old filmmaker was indelibly associated with the Iranian new wave of cinema, having made "The Cow" in 1969, one of the movement's first films.


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