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THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Clears 10 Million Ticket Sales in Japan

Jun 05 ( - Just as THE FIRST SLAM DUNK anime film passed the sixth-month mark in theaters in Japan over the weekend, Toei announced today that the basketball film has also passed 10 million tickets sold – only the 23rd film to do so in Japan ever.

As of June 4, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has made 14.43 billion yen (US$108.70 million) in Japan on the back of 10.02 million tickets sold. It is still the ninth highest-grossing anime film in Japan and the fifth highest-grossing anime film worldwide, bringing in US$ 273.39 million from across the globe. It is also the 23rd most-attended film in Japan of all time.


The activity of the weather front is expected to intensify due to Typhoon No. 1, leading to widespread rainfall from May 27th, with heavy rain warnings from Kyushu to Kanto by May 28th.

Princess Kako, the second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, arrived in Greece on May 26th, marking her third official overseas engagement. This visit commemorates the 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Greece.

In December 2023, the body of a man was discovered inside a suitcase along the banks of the Tamagawa River in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Police have arrested five individuals, including the man's ex-girlfriend and her family, on suspicion of abandoning the body.

In an incident that has shocked the local community, a mother and her three children were found dead on May 23 in their home in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The father, who was also found at the scene with neck injuries, had finalized a divorce from the mother just three days prior.

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