Japan wins, Brazil and Italy draw at U20 World Cup
News On Japan via sfgate.com -- Aug 20
Host Japan coasted to a 4-1 thrashing of Mexico while Brazil salvaged a 1-1 draw with Italy on the opening day of the women's under-20 World Cup.
Hanae Shibata scored in the first half and Hikaru Naomoto, Kumi Yokoyama and Yoko Tanaka added goals after the break as Japan got off to a winning start in Group A. Sofia Huerta struck a late consolation goal for Mexico.
Japan is looking to emulate the 2011 World Cup-winning performance of its senior women's team.
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 )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
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 )
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 )