After visas were issued, Japan beats North Korea amid tense backdrop

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Japan beat North Korea 1-0 Saturday in the East Asian Championship amid serious tensions between the two nations. There were doubts the game could even go ahead against such a backdrop, with North Korean nationals currently banned from entering Japan as part of the sanctions against Pyongyang. Special visas were issued at the Japanese embassy in Beijing earlier in the week. Yosuke Ideguchi scored in injury time to deliver hosts Japan victory in front of more than 20,000 fans, including ...

Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

Friday, 8 December 2017

Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito’s legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Friday signed off on an April 30, 2019 date for the octogenarian Akihito’s retirement - the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries.Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec. 23, has ...

Wild boars cause chaos in Japan school

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Two wild boars caused pandemonium at a Japanese school by charging into classes and even taking a dip in the school pool, forcing pupils to interrupt their exams.Television footage showed a wild boar charging around a classroom, bashing its snout against a window in an apparent attempt to escape the school in the western city of Kyoto.Meanwhile, the other boar was taking a soothing dip in the school’s outdoor pool, as stunned pupils looked on. “I was very surprised to see it,” ...

North Korean football soccer teams in Japan for tournament

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

North Korea’s national soccer teams arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday as an exception to Japanese sanctions against Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear development.North Korea is competing against Japan, China and South Korea in the E-1 Football Championship, which starts Friday.After a lengthy immigration process at Haneda international airport, the women’s team members, each wearing a matching red coat, were the first ones to be warmly welcomed by pro-Pyongyang ethnic Koreans living in ...

North Korea fires ballistic missile towards Japan

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, two US government sources said, a week after President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a US list of countries that it says support terrorism. Later, the Pentagon said that it had detected a “probable” missile launch from North Korea. “We detected a probable missile launch from North Korea. We are in the process of assessing the situation and will provide additional details when available,” Pentagon spokesman ...

VIDEO: Monkey presents match ball to referee before Japan game

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Hanshin football derby in Japan witnessed a monkey presenting the referee with the matchball prior to kickoff. The league contest between home side Cerezo Osaka and rivals Vissel Kobe took place at the Nagai stadium. The hosts decided to invite a small macaque to take centre-stage during the pre-match ceremonies. The monkey was dressed in a pink Osaka kit and walked to the side of the pitch, where he took up position in front of the two teams. As the home supporters cheered, the monkey ...

Japanese sumo council calls for ‘harsh punishment’ for wrestler Harumafuji

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Yokozuna Deliberation Council has asked the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) to hand out an “extremely harsh punishment” to “yokozuna” (grand champion) Harumafuji for an alleged assault on a junior wrestler, Kyodo news agency reported on Monday. The chairman of the advisory body, which makes recommendations to the JSA over the promotion of grand champions in sumo’s elite division also criticised fellow yokozuna Hakuho, who publicly called for Harumafuji ...

Russia cast a second veto against Syria gas attacks inquiry renewal

Friday, 17 November 2017

Russia on Friday cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council to block the renewal of a UN-led investigation to identify who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Japan on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to renew for 30 days a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP. The United Nations Security Council was due to vote on Friday on a Japanese-drafted resolution to renew for one month an ...

70-year-old Japanese woman gets death sentence in partner serial killings

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A Japanese court on Tuesday sentenced a 70-year-old woman to hang for the deaths of her husband and two other former partners, and the attempted murder of a fourth man. Kyoto District Court convicted Chisako Kakehi of the deaths, which occurred between 2007 and 2013. It said Kakehi poisoned the victims with cyanide after becoming the beneficiary of their wills. Kakehi reportedly married at least three times and had three other partners who died, all within a few years of starting relationships ...

With tensions high, Trump, Abe strengthen bond

Sunday, 5 November 2017

With a round of golf, a custom cap and a hamburger of American beef, President Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia began with a taste of home. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Trump to Japan Sunday with an effusive display of friendship that, in the days ahead, will give way to high-stakes diplomacy. The two leaders, who have struck up an unlikely but easy rapport, shared a casual lunch and played nine holes at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, joined by professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama. ...

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