A Japanese high school cheerleading team has returned home after winning a US competition for a 5th straight time.
The team named JETS, from Fukui Commercial High School in central Japan, won in the international team performance division of the National Championship in the United States this month. The prestigious contest is organized by the US National Dance Alliance.
The squad's 28 members were greeted by applause from students and teachers at a victory ceremony at their school gym on Thursday, one day after returning to Japan.
Teacher and coach Yuko Igarashi said every member of the team pulled together for the championship, and that they'll now aim for a 6th consecutive title.
A Japanese movie inspired by the team's first victory in the event, in 2009, is to be released this month.
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of murder after his elderly neighbor was found stabbed to death, possibly the result of a feud over a pet dog, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Leading parcel delivery firm Yamato Transport Co. said Friday that it will raise its basic tariff for retail customers by ¥140-¥180 excluding tax in September, marking its first rate hike in 27 years. (the-japan-news.com)
As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan's naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China, which faces U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea's arms programs. (Japan Today)