Sumo: Harumafuji stays ahead of pack at New Year basho
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jan 21
Yokozuna Harumafuji gave Gagamaru a public flogging to remain the only unbeaten man standing after eight days at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.
The Mongolian livewire continued to tame his detractors who have suggested he doesn't have the right stuff to remain at sumo's highest rank, waylaying into the sekiwake with a high-voltage attack to improve to 8-0 as the second week of this year's first major basho kicked off.
Rival yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, picked off Brazilian Kaisei to remain hot in pursuit one off the pace at 7-1 along with rank-and-filer Takarafuji as he zeroes in on his second consecutive Emperor's Cup and 24th overall title.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )