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Naoya Inoue VS Neri Prepare for Title Fight

May 04 (Kyodo) - Naoya Inoue, Japan's undisputed super bantamweight world champion said Saturday he has high hopes for the defense of his four belts against Mexico's Luis Nery when they fight on Monday.

Their bout will highlight a card at Tokyo Dome, which will host its first world boxing title fights in 34 years.

Nery, who was suspended by the WBC for being 2.3 kilograms over the 55.8-kg limit for a bantamweight title fight in Japan in March 2018, said his weight was no issue this time around, and that he too wanted a win by knockout.

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has launched an investigation following death threats sent to the office of former House of Councillors member Renho, who is running for the Tokyo gubernatorial election.

In Hokkaido, where bear attacks on cattle have been frequent, stray dogs exhibit wolf-like behavior have now become a serious issue. On June 19, footage captured in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, showed a stray dog rushing out aggressively towards an already formed pack. This region has been plagued by the problem of stray dogs for around 20 years due to uncontrolled breeding.

Honda's Super Cub, known as the world's best-selling motorbike with over 100 million units produced, will soon see the end of an era. Honda has announced its decision to stop the production of motorbikes with engine capacities of 50cc or less, including the iconic Super Cub.

The Emperor and Empress of Japan have arrived in the UK for an official visit aimed at strengthening friendly relations. This marks the Emperor's first state visit to the UK in 26 years since 1998.

According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 28.3% of women born in 1975 in Japan are childless, the highest rate among member countries.

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In Hyogo Prefecture's Shinonsen Town, known for its strong sumo tradition, the "Wanpaku Sumo Hyogo Block Tournament" was held Sunday, with 36 boys and girls from the 4th to 6th grades fiercely competing for a chance to advance to the national tournament.

The katana, a traditional Japanese sword, is known for its rich history and is evidence of Japan's exquisite craftsmanship.

With the Paris Olympics set to begin next month, Japan's national soccer team unveiled their new uniforms on the Paris Collection runway.

Previously unpublished photos believed to show Koshien Stadium (located in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture) under the occupation of the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Allied Forces after World War II have been found.

In-N-Out Burger, the American fast-food chain beloved by Shohei Ohtani, opened for one day in Tokyo on June 15.

Esports has exploded in popularity over the past decade, attracting millions of viewers and players worldwide.

The Japan Gymnastics Association unveiled the uniforms for the national team that will compete in the Paris Olympics on June 11. The uniforms were designed by renowned fashion designer Hiroko Koshino.

Besides technological advancement, motorsport is another niche in Japan gaining impressive traction.