Yokozuna Hakuho kicked off the second week of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday like he did the first - dominantly, and at the top of the food chain.
But it was sekiwake Goeido who raised the roof at a packed Fukuoka Kokusai Center, remaining in a share of the lead with Hakuho with a perfect 8-0 mark. Yokozuna debutant Harumafuji trailed the co-leaders among a trio at 7-1.
Hakuho, who is aiming to end a title drought of three meets, pulverized little man Takekaze (2-6) in the day's penultimate bout, sending his opponent reeling over the raised ring with a violent barrage of thrusts.
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News )
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on assault charges for allegedly attacked a 10-year-old elementary school boy and two others as they were playing in Yokosuka City in February of this year. (Japan Today )
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today )
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today )