Smartphones blamed as children's fitness takes nosedive in Japan

National Dec 24, 2019

Smartphones blamed as children's fitness takes nosedive in Japan

The physical performance of children in Japan deteriorated dramatically in fiscal 2019 from the previous year, a survey by the Sports Agency showed Monday. The overall performance score for boys in the fifth year of elementary school was the lowest since the survey started in ...

Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

National | Regional voices: Chubu Dec 6, 2019

Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

Typical cheerleading clubs in schools, known as ōendan, consist of men clad in black gakuran stand-up collar uniforms yelling vigorously and performing synchronized, dynamic choreographed moves to support sports teams. While the traditional activity is becoming less popular among male students, many ōendan across the ...