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13 Oct

Hokkaido Railway Co. said Tuesday that a reserved-seat ticket for Shinkansen bullet train service between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido will cost ¥22,690 per adult, which is cheaper than current fares for flights linking the capital and Hakodate. The company, better known as JR Hokkaido, the same day filed for transport ministry approval for […]

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13 Oct

A Japanese man in his 80s was killed at his residence in Thailand’s central province of Ang Thong on Monday night, local police said Tuesday. Kazuo Yoshioka was found with a neck wound on the second floor of his two-story house in Wiset Chai Chan district by his 47-year-old Thai girlfriend Tuesday morning, according to […]

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13 Oct

A Japanese man who was shot dead last week in Bangladesh was buried on Tuesday morning at a cemetery in the country. Kunio Hoshi, 66, was killed by unidentified assailants in a village in Rangpur in the north of Bangladesh on Oct. 3. Islamic State group militants later claimed responsibility for his death. Home Minister […]

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13 Oct

A Miyagi Prefecture kindergarten and several bereaved families on Tuesday settled on ¥3 million in damages paid by the facility to each of the families of eight children who died in the massive tsunami unleashed by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In the settlement of a damages suit filed by the […]

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13 Oct

If you don’t get to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows early, you might not get to the Birds at all. A number of things have helped fuel the team’s rise from CL cellar-dweller to CL champion this season. Among them has been Yakult’s late-inning quartet of closer Tony Barnette and fellow relievers Ryo Akiyoshi, Logan Ondrusek […]

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13 Oct

The toppling of soccer’s most powerful and recognizable leaders may have been sealed when FIFA president Sepp Blatter agreed to pay Michel Platini, the head of European soccer, 2 million Swiss francs (about $2 million) in 2011. Both men told FIFA’s ethics committee that Blatter was making good on a verbal promise to pay Platini […]

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13 Oct

Japan’s Rugby World Cup heroes returned home on Tuesday with a vow to continue their new “winning culture” when the country hosts the event in four years’ time. Crowds gathered at Narita airport to welcome Eddie Jones’ Brave Blossoms back from England, where they shocked the world by beating two-time champions South Africa in their […]

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13 Oct

Not that many people, even inside Japan, had heard of Ayumu Goromaru before the World Cup started. Yet by the end of the pool phase the Japan fullback was a national hero and a name known to rugby fans across the globe. The 29-year-old “Goro” burst in on the big boys party on the first […]

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13 Oct

The U.N. body's acceptance of Beijing's documents on the Nanking Massacre prompts Tokyo to consider reducing or discontinuing funds.

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13 Oct

Russia is returning to the European Championship for the fourth straight time, while Slovakia will be playing in the tournament for the first time as an independent nation. Russia qualified for next year’s tournament in France with a 2-0 win over Montenegro in Moscow on Monday, securing second place in Group G behind group winner […]

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13 Oct

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell can expect to be out of action for at least three months and will miss the rest of the World Cup, his future coach at Toulon Bernard Laporte said on Monday. O’Connell was forced off with a serious injury during Sunday’s 24-9 final Group D victory over France in Cardiff. Laporte […]

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13 Oct

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Arizona Cardinals have signed outside linebacker Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity on Monday because the signing had not yet been officially announced by the club. The move comes after Cardinals’ top outside pass rusher, Alex Okafor, […]

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13 Oct

Dean Chance, who won the 1964 Cy Young Award and later pitched a no-hitter, died Sunday. He was 74. The funeral home handling the arrangements near where he lived in Ohio confirmed Chance had died. There were no details on the cause of death. Chance died two months after being at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, […]

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13 Oct

Manny Pacquiao said Monday that his surgically repaired shoulder is 80-90 percent healed and he expects to resume training in November or December, with a return to the ring in March. Pacquiao acknowledged that Amir Khan was a possible opponent, but added no determination had been made. Pacquiao had surgery on his right shoulder four […]

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13 Oct

Inspiration comes in many forms: It could be a piece of artwork that changes your vision of the world, or it could be a phone call from a friend that spawns an international art phenomenon. In 2010, artist Jasper Wong was running a small art gallery in Hong Kong and decided to curate a show […]

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13 Oct

With shows four times a year, Diesel Art Gallery in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward is one of the best free art venues in Tokyo and is well worth checking out. Located in the basement of the clothes brand shop, it puts on consistently good shows that steer clear of the pretentiousness of more “artsy” venues, while […]

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13 Oct

Oct. 16-Jan. 3 Around 100 works from the Egyptian Museum’s collection are being showcased at the Mori Arts Center Gallery to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the exhibition’s sponsor TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) Television. Selected pieces include masks, wooden coffins and various statues related to the lives of the Egyptian ruling class. One of the […]

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13 Oct

Oct. 16-Feb. 7 Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, known for designing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and more recently the Fondation Louis Vuitton building, is the focus of 21_21 Design Sight’s new exhibition. Art-directed by architect Tsuyoshi Tane, who is currently working on a redesign of the Estonian National Museum, this exhibition looks into Gehry’s projects, […]

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13 Oct

Oct. 10-Dec. 6 Takesada Matsutani was a member of Kansai’s renowned but controversial Gutai Art Association, which challenged conventional definitions of art. Strongly influenced by the Gutai leader Jiro Yoshihara, Matsutani often used glue for his surrealist and abstract expressionist paintings. After winning the opportunity to study in Paris through the Mainichi Art Award in […]

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13 Oct

Rookie star Jack Eichel’s hustling unassisted goal gave Dan Bylsma an eye-catching highlight from his first victory as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. “That will be one that we will pull out and watch again,” Bylsma said after Buffalo beat Columbus 4-2 on Monday. Eichel, the former Boston University player selected No. 2 overall in […]

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13 Oct

Southern California fired Steve Sarkisian on Monday, one day after the troubled football coach was put on leave. Athletic director Pat Haden made the move one day after determining Sarkisian showed up at school in no condition to lead practice, although Haden refused to reveal specifics about the coach’s condition. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton was […]

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13 Oct

Five seconds left, down by three points and the ball inside the 1. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a gutsy play against the San Diego Chargers. They got it for a stunning victory. Le’Veon Bell scored on a wildcat run as time expired to give Mike Vick and the Steelers a 24-20 victory Monday night that […]

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13 Oct

The young sluggers of the Chicago Cubs are making themselves at home in the playoffs. On a rare off night for Jake Arrieta, the Windy City kids bashed their way to the brink of the NL Championship Series — and a spot in the record book. Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber connected as […]

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13 Oct

Figure skating can be an unforgiving sport. Just ask last season’s teen sensation Wakaba Higuchi. Higuchi burst onto the scene last year as a 13-year-old during the Junior Grand Prix season, going on to finish third in both the JGP Final and the world junior championships. Her most impressive feat, however, came at the Japan […]

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13 Oct

In the midst of so many contexts where we expect people sometimes to lie — sports, entertainment, certainly politics — it is disturbing that the one place to which we run for truth is private corporations.

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