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.
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )