Olympics: Japan men earn Olympic volleyball ticket
News On Japan via boxscorenews.com -- Jun 25
Japan ousted top seeds Australia in the golden set to claim qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the AVC Men's Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final at Min River Park in Fuzhou, China on Sunday.
Cristopher McHugh and Joshua Slack placed Australia on the winning column during their first match against Shinpei Aoki and Yujiro Hidaka 2-0 (21-12, 21-17). The formidable Australian duo bested the tandem of Aoki/Hidaka with their excellent attack tactic and good defence.
Japan then recovered from their first match setback courtesy of Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shiratori. Asahi/Shiratori played more dynamically than Aoki/Hidaka by defeating Sam Boehm and Isaac Kapa 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 15-13), and trouncing the stronger tandem of McHugh/Slack in straight sets (21-13, 21-19).
|| UNESCO register adds archive of pre-modern Japan mission to Spain |
| || A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post ) |
|| Local govts wary of Mt. Fuji 'traffic jam' |
| || Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, will likely see its summer "traffic jam" of climbers worsen this year thanks to its expected addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Yomiuri ) |
|| 'Abenomics' not raising low-end prostitution prices in Tokyo |
| || In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter ) |
|| Ex-Aum death-row inmates to testify in open court |
| || Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press ) |