Japan lose to South Africa in RWC quarterfinal
NHK -- Oct 21
South Africa beat Japan 26 to 3 in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

Sixth-ranked Japan had advanced to the knockout stage for the first time.

South Africa scored a try just four minutes into the match. Japan got three points with a penalty goal in the 20th minute.

The first half ended with the Springboks two points ahead.

But in the second half, Japan made a series of fouls and allowed three penalty kicks.

South Africa extended their lead with two more tries.

Earlier on Sunday, Wales came from behind and beat France 20 to 19 to reach the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup.

France were on the offensive in the first half, leading 19 to 10 before half-time.

They lost one man for dangerous play in the second half, but Wales still struggled to gain the upper hand.

Trailing by six points, Wales finally scored a try in the 74th minute, and turned the tables with a conversion kick.

Wales have advanced to the semifinals for the first time in two tournaments.

They will face South Africa on October 27 in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

News sources: NHK, Kyodo
May 30
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Friday that phase two of the capital’s three-part plan to peel back coronavirus countermeasures will begin on Monday. (Japan Times)
May 30
The city of Kitakyushu in Japan's southwest said Friday it has been hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections following a recent surge in the number of new cases. (Japan Today)
May 30
The Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse acrobatics team on Friday performed a flyover over central Tokyo in a show of respect to doctors and medical staff who have been at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
May 29
At the beginning of April, a young sumo wrestler known as Shobushi came down with a fever. His coaches tried calling a local public health center to get him a coronavirus test, but the phone lines were busy. (Japan Times)
May 29
NHK has learned that Tokyo Tower will reopen from Thursday, although most visitors will have to take the stairs instead of elevators to access the observation deck. (NHK)
May 29
Police investigators say the arsonist of a Kyoto Animation studio last year has told them that he had thought his attack had left only a couple of people dead. (NHK)
May 29
Nissan Motor has posted its first net loss in 11 years in the business year through March, amounting to more than 670 billion yen, or 6.2 billion dollars. (NHK)
May 28
Mobile phone data shows there was only a slight increase in the number of people around train stations and business streets in Tokyo and four other prefectures the day after the state of emergency was lifted. (NHK)
May 28
Japan's Diet has enacted legislation to tighten regulations on IT giants by requiring them to ensure transparency of their online business transactions with their business partners. (NHK)
May 28
Police in Kyoto, western Japan, have arrested a suspect in last year's deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation's studio. They say the suspect has admitted that the allegations against him are true. (NHK)