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    ‘Game of Thrones’ scores record TV audience, leaves fans sad and mad

    ‘Game of Thrones’ scores record TV audience, leaves fans sad and mad


    Warning: This story contains spoilers for the final episode of “Game of Thrones.”More than 19 million U.S. viewers watched the series finale of television’s “Game...

    Warning: This story contains spoilers for the final episode of “Game of Thrones.”More than 19 million U.S. viewers watched the series finale of television’s “Game ...
    Nozomi Okuhara rescues Japan from early exit at mixed-team world championships

    Nozomi Okuhara rescues Japan from early exit at mixed-team world championships


    Japan gambled by resting top-ranked Kento Momota and nearly paid the price, suffering a huge scare before battling back to beat Russia 3-2 in their...

    Japan gambled by resting top-ranked Kento Momota and nearly paid the price, suffering a huge scare before battling back to beat Russia 3-2 in their ...
    U.S. and China recalibrating in their trade talks

    U.S. and China recalibrating in their trade talks


    The purpose of U.S. President Donald Trump's emerging "unconventional multilateralism" is to challenge China's neocolonial...

    The purpose of U.S. President Donald Trump's emerging "unconventional multilateralism" is to challenge China's neocolonial approach.
    The Showa Era is growing distant

    The Showa Era is growing distant


    University students seem less concerned about war on the Korean Peninsula than their 1970s counterparts even though the chance of conflict is...

    University students seem less concerned about war on the Korean Peninsula than their 1970s counterparts even though the chance of conflict is greater.

    What Sri Lanka has to teach the world


    Japan and other countries around the world can learn from the South Asian nation's private sector effort to address public policy...

    Japan and other countries around the world can learn from the South Asian nation's private sector effort to address public policy issues.

    Australians opt for stability in Canberra


    The center-right government's policies will ensure that Japan has a close and predictable diplomatic and security...

    The center-right government's policies will ensure that Japan has a close and predictable diplomatic and security partner.
    Time to treat Facebook like big tobacco

    Time to treat Facebook like big tobacco


    Government should scrutinize and publicize the harms of social media — not use antitrust regulation to encourage even more...

    Government should scrutinize and publicize the harms of social media — not use antitrust regulation to encourage even more platforms.
    Stanka’s family reunited with ’64 MVP trophy

    Stanka’s family reunited with ’64 MVP trophy


    Joe Stanka’s Pacific League MVP trophy was missing for over 30 years.He won the award with the Nankai Hawks during the 1964 season. Pitching to...

    Joe Stanka’s Pacific League MVP trophy was missing for over 30 years.He won the award with the Nankai Hawks during the 1964 season. Pitching to ...
    Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

    Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day


    Yokozuna Kakuryu rebounded from his first loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a smooth victory on Monday, while sekiwake Tochinoshin found himself granted...

    Yokozuna Kakuryu rebounded from his first loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a smooth victory on Monday, while sekiwake Tochinoshin found himself granted ...
    Matching the ins and outs of two common kanji

    Matching the ins and outs of two common kanji


    From April 1, the 入国管理局 (nyūkoku kanri-kyoku, Immigration Bureau), which operated under the auspices of the 法務省 (hōmushō, Justice Ministry), was upgraded from a bureau...

    From April 1, the 入国管理局 (nyūkoku kanri-kyoku, Immigration Bureau), which operated under the auspices of the 法務省 (hōmushō, Justice Ministry), was upgraded from a bureau ...
    What’s that we were talking about? Ah yes, the many uses of ‘are’

    What’s that we were talking about? Ah yes, the many uses of ‘are’


    Mata Karutago ni ikitai ne. Ano resutoran wa yokatta. (I’d like to go to Carthago again. That restaurant was good. )Situation 1: Mr. Sere and...

    Mata Karutago ni ikitai ne. Ano resutoran wa yokatta. (I’d like to go to Carthago again. That restaurant was good. )Situation 1: Mr. Sere and ...
    Chadwick Boseman to play foreign-born samurai in film

    Chadwick Boseman to play foreign-born samurai in film


    The story of a black samurai known as "Yasuke," who served under warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th-century Japan, will be made into a film starring...

    The story of a black samurai known as "Yasuke," who served under warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th-century Japan, will be made into a film starring ...
    Let’s discuss dangerous driving

    Let’s discuss dangerous driving


    A couple of high-profile car accidents raises the topic of traffic safety in the...

    A couple of high-profile car accidents raises the topic of traffic safety in the media.
    Australia’s prime minister set to form majority government

    Australia’s prime minister set to form majority government


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison looked set on Monday to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia’s weekend election allayed fears that his conservative...

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison looked set on Monday to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia’s weekend election allayed fears that his conservative ...
    Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump’s blacklisting, source says

    Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump’s blacklisting, source says


    In a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world, Alphabet Inc.’s Google has suspended business...

    In a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world, Alphabet Inc.’s Google has suspended business ...
    Star pitcher Koji Uehara retires after long career in MLB, NPB

    Star pitcher Koji Uehara retires after long career in MLB, NPB


    Yomiuri Giants pitcher and former major leaguer Koji Uehara, who won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, announced Monday that his...

    Yomiuri Giants pitcher and former major leaguer Koji Uehara, who won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, announced Monday that his ...
    Israel Folau’s ban a formality after he misses appeal deadline

    Israel Folau’s ban a formality after he misses appeal deadline


    Rugby Australia has closed its code of conduct case against Israel Folau after the star fullback missed a deadline to appeal against the termination of...

    Rugby Australia has closed its code of conduct case against Israel Folau after the star fullback missed a deadline to appeal against the termination of ...
    Blues move to brink of Cup final with win over Sharks

    Blues move to brink of Cup final with win over Sharks


    Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and Jaden Schwartz added the first of his three goals during a dominant second period that carried St....

    Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and Jaden Schwartz added the first of his three goals during a dominant second period that carried St. ...
    Japan’s MSDF kicks off second quadrilateral naval exercise in less than two weeks

    Japan’s MSDF kicks off second quadrilateral naval exercise in less than two weeks


    The Maritime Self-Defense Force has kicked off its second quadrilateral naval exercise in less than two weeks, with warships — including Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter...

    The Maritime Self-Defense Force has kicked off its second quadrilateral naval exercise in less than two weeks, with warships — including Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter ...
    From cardboard factory to the kantei? Abe No. 2 gets PR makeover as rumors of PM bid soar

    From cardboard factory to the kantei? Abe No. 2 gets PR makeover as rumors of PM bid soar


    Unsmiling, tight-lipped and at times appearing heavy-handed, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was never exactly the type of politician the public would take a shine...

    Unsmiling, tight-lipped and at times appearing heavy-handed, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was never exactly the type of politician the public would take a shine ...
    Sony’s cloud gaming deal with Microsoft blindsided its own PlayStation team

    Sony’s cloud gaming deal with Microsoft blindsided its own PlayStation team


    When Sony Corp. unveiled a cloud gaming pact with archrival Microsoft Corp., it surprised the industry. Perhaps no one was more shocked than employees of...

    When Sony Corp. unveiled a cloud gaming pact with archrival Microsoft Corp., it surprised the industry. Perhaps no one was more shocked than employees of ...
    Kawhi Leonard, Raptors outlast Bucks in double overtime to win Game 3

    Kawhi Leonard, Raptors outlast Bucks in double overtime to win Game 3


    Pascal Siakam felt guilty about a pair of missed free throws and the extra minutes they added to his teammates’ night.Fortunately for Siakam and the...

    Pascal Siakam felt guilty about a pair of missed free throws and the extra minutes they added to his teammates’ night.Fortunately for Siakam and the ...
    U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn moves closer to backing second Brexit referendum

    U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn moves closer to backing second Brexit referendum


    Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn moved closer to fully backing a second Brexit referendum, saying the public should be given a choice on any deal...

    Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn moved closer to fully backing a second Brexit referendum, saying the public should be given a choice on any deal ...
    Trump tweets that if Tehran attacks, it will be the ‘official end of Iran’

    Trump tweets that if Tehran attacks, it will be the ‘official end of Iran’


    President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed.“If Iran...

    President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed.“If Iran ...
    Reiya Konishi stumbles in second world title fight

    Reiya Konishi stumbles in second world title fight


    Reiya Konishi failed in his second shot at a world championship Sunday, losing to IBF world light flyweight champ Felix Alvarado of Nicaragua by unanimous...

    Reiya Konishi failed in his second shot at a world championship Sunday, losing to IBF world light flyweight champ Felix Alvarado of Nicaragua by unanimous ...
    Top pick Loves Only You wins Japanese Oaks

    Top pick Loves Only You wins Japanese Oaks


    No. 1 favorite Loves Only You picked up her maiden Grade 1 victory on Sunday, winning the Japanese Oaks by a neck.Ridden by Italian jockey...

    No. 1 favorite Loves Only You picked up her maiden Grade 1 victory on Sunday, winning the Japanese Oaks by a neck.Ridden by Italian jockey ...
    Rookie Lion Wataru Matsumoto beats Buffaloes in pro debut

    Rookie Lion Wataru Matsumoto beats Buffaloes in pro debut


    Wataru Matsumoto worked five innings to win his pro debut for the Saitama Seibu Lions in a 9-3 Pacific League victory over the Orix Buffaloes...

    Wataru Matsumoto worked five innings to win his pro debut for the Saitama Seibu Lions in a 9-3 Pacific League victory over the Orix Buffaloes ...
    Kakeru Tanigawa wins first NHK Cup, qualifies for worlds

    Kakeru Tanigawa wins first NHK Cup, qualifies for worlds


    Kakeru Tanigawa won the men’s competition at the NHK Cup for the first time Sunday, booking his spot at this year’s world championships in Germany.Tanigawa,...

    Kakeru Tanigawa won the men’s competition at the NHK Cup for the first time Sunday, booking his spot at this year’s world championships in Germany.Tanigawa, ...
    Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

    Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8


    Overnight leaders Kakuryu and Tochinoshin fell into a three-way tie with rank-and-file grappler Asanoyama following their upset losses at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on...

    Overnight leaders Kakuryu and Tochinoshin fell into a three-way tie with rank-and-file grappler Asanoyama following their upset losses at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on ...
    Race to Motegi for outdoor fun and games

    Race to Motegi for outdoor fun and games


    Racecars, zip lines and the great outdoors — a visit to Twin Ring Motegi tracks in Tochigi Prefecture will keep the kids racing around in...

    Racecars, zip lines and the great outdoors — a visit to Twin Ring Motegi tracks in Tochigi Prefecture will keep the kids racing around in ...
    Ardent drive to promote Poland-Japan exchanges

    Ardent drive to promote Poland-Japan exchanges


    As a scholar of Japanese law, Polish Ambassador Jacek Izydorczyk brings a distinct cultural understanding to the diplomatic world, where he works day in and...

    As a scholar of Japanese law, Polish Ambassador Jacek Izydorczyk brings a distinct cultural understanding to the diplomatic world, where he works day in and ...
    Eagles’ Jabari Blash heeding Shohei Ohtani’s advice early on in Japan

    Eagles’ Jabari Blash heeding Shohei Ohtani’s advice early on in Japan


    Jabari Blash was in demand before the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ “home” game at Tokyo Dome on Thursday.When he came off the field after batting...

    Jabari Blash was in demand before the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ “home” game at Tokyo Dome on Thursday.When he came off the field after batting ...
    Naoya Inoue dominates Emmanuel Rodriguez to win second world bantamweight belt

    Naoya Inoue dominates Emmanuel Rodriguez to win second world bantamweight belt


    Naoya Inoue claimed another world title belt in dominant fashion Saturday, beating International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez by second-round technical knockout.Inoue, the undefeated...

    Naoya Inoue claimed another world title belt in dominant fashion Saturday, beating International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez by second-round technical knockout.Inoue, the undefeated ...
    Sumo 101: Tachiai

    Sumo 101: Tachiai


    One of the first words every new sumo fan learns is tachiai.Combining the characters for “stand” and “meet,” it is the term for the initial...

    One of the first words every new sumo fan learns is tachiai.Combining the characters for “stand” and “meet,” it is the term for the initial ...
    Seniors turn to flea market apps to help declutter homes

    Seniors turn to flea market apps to help declutter homes


    As seniors worry about leaving the burden of unwanted possessions to relatives upon their death, more are learning to use flea market apps to declutter...

    As seniors worry about leaving the burden of unwanted possessions to relatives upon their death, more are learning to use flea market apps to declutter ...
    Changing the way we do things

    Changing the way we do things


    From keeping your touch screen free of potato-chip grease to using tap cards to gain access to exclusive online content, the smartphone keeps changing the...

    From keeping your touch screen free of potato-chip grease to using tap cards to gain access to exclusive online content, the smartphone keeps changing the ...
    This tabby is a real doll when it comes to being a friend

    This tabby is a real doll when it comes to being a friend


    This handsome round-eyed gray tabby came to ARK in March when his owner became ill, and one of the things that stood out about him...

    This handsome round-eyed gray tabby came to ARK in March when his owner became ill, and one of the things that stood out about him ...
    Shohei Ohtani helps ice Angels win with two-run homer

    Shohei Ohtani helps ice Angels win with two-run homer


    Two-way player Shohei Ohtani drove in a pair of insurance runs with a home run for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-3 win over...

    Two-way player Shohei Ohtani drove in a pair of insurance runs with a home run for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-3 win over ...

    Enabling people to work until 70


    Various challenges lie ahead to keep senior citizens motivated to work longer and under decent...

    Various challenges lie ahead to keep senior citizens motivated to work longer and under decent conditions.
    The Senkaku paradox

    The Senkaku paradox


    The U.S. and its allies must prevent local military crises from escalating into great power...

    The U.S. and its allies must prevent local military crises from escalating into great power wars.
    The distribution revolution

    The distribution revolution


    Internet shopping provides benefits to both sellers and consumers, and should be regarded as the main player in the third revolution in the distribution of...

    Internet shopping provides benefits to both sellers and consumers, and should be regarded as the main player in the third revolution in the distribution of ...
    Shinji Kagawa scores for Besiktas in loss to Trabzonspor

    Shinji Kagawa scores for Besiktas in loss to Trabzonspor


    Shinji Kagawa scored his fourth Turkish first-division goal for Besiktas on Saturday, but it was not enough to avoid a 2-1 loss to Trabzonspor.The Japan...

    Shinji Kagawa scored his fourth Turkish first-division goal for Besiktas on Saturday, but it was not enough to avoid a 2-1 loss to Trabzonspor.The Japan ...
    Kevin Durant-less Warriors march to 3-0 series lead

    Kevin Durant-less Warriors march to 3-0 series lead


    With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to boost Golden State.And boy, has he. Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and...

    With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to boost Golden State.And boy, has he. Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and ...
    Netherlands wins Eurovision as Madonna dancers spark flag controversy

    Netherlands wins Eurovision as Madonna dancers spark flag controversy


    The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday at a show in the seaside Israeli city of Tel Aviv that featured a performance...

    The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday at a show in the seaside Israeli city of Tel Aviv that featured a performance ...
    Brooks Koepka blowing away field at PGA Championship

    Brooks Koepka blowing away field at PGA Championship


    Brooks Koepka is on the cusp of some elite company at the PGA Championship — in the record book, not on the leaderboard.He is all...

    Brooks Koepka is on the cusp of some elite company at the PGA Championship — in the record book, not on the leaderboard.He is all ...
    Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa

    Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa


    Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old appeared to quickly recover and say “I’m just...

    Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old appeared to quickly recover and say “I’m just ...
    Manchester City routs Watford to complete historic treble

    Manchester City routs Watford to complete historic treble


    Manchester City swept aside Watford to complete the first clean sweep of English men’s soccer trophies.The fourth piece of silverware of the season was sealed...

    Manchester City swept aside Watford to complete the first clean sweep of English men’s soccer trophies.The fourth piece of silverware of the season was sealed ...
    Shifting landscapes: The state of traditional Japanese gardens

    Shifting landscapes: The state of traditional Japanese gardens


    My neighbor’s garden is a wonder to behold. Where you might expect to find trim box hedges, bamboo fences, subtle rock arrangements, junipers, conifers and...

    My neighbor’s garden is a wonder to behold. Where you might expect to find trim box hedges, bamboo fences, subtle rock arrangements, junipers, conifers and ...
    Yakisoba stir-fried noodles: A quick, easy and adaptable meal

    Yakisoba stir-fried noodles: A quick, easy and adaptable meal


    Yakisoba's (stir-fried noodles) origins may be shrouded in legend, but this endlessly adaptable, quick and easy dish remains an everyday...

    Yakisoba's (stir-fried noodles) origins may be shrouded in legend, but this endlessly adaptable, quick and easy dish remains an everyday favorite.
    Johanna Konta outlasts Kiki Bertens to reach Italian Open semifinals

    Johanna Konta outlasts Kiki Bertens to reach Italian Open semifinals


    Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest...

    Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest ...
    Akomeya: Kagurazaka branch puts the kitchen first

    Akomeya: Kagurazaka branch puts the kitchen first


    Few visitors bother to climb right to the top of Kagurazaka's hill, though. Fewer still venture further, down the other side. Until recently there was...

    Few visitors bother to climb right to the top of Kagurazaka's hill, though. Fewer still venture further, down the other side. Until recently there was ...
    Raku: Squeeze past the other customers to get your gyōza fix

    Raku: Squeeze past the other customers to get your gyōza fix


    Raku is not the absolute tiniest restaurant in Tokyo. But it certainly feels that way once you've squeezed past a couple of cramped tables and...

    Raku is not the absolute tiniest restaurant in Tokyo. But it certainly feels that way once you've squeezed past a couple of cramped tables and ...
    Imagination Pika Space: Building a new world of art, music and soul food

    Imagination Pika Space: Building a new world of art, music and soul food


    A desire to promote self-expression and creative endeavors inspired Haruki Kumagai to open the Imagination Pika Space performance venue and bar in Osaka's Shinsekai...

    A desire to promote self-expression and creative endeavors inspired Haruki Kumagai to open the Imagination Pika Space performance venue and bar in Osaka's Shinsekai neighborhood.
    Asuka Teramoto wins NHK Cup women’s title for third time

    Asuka Teramoto wins NHK Cup women’s title for third time


    Asuka Teramoto won her third title at the NHK Cup women’s competition on Saturday and claimed a berth for this year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.Teramoto,...

    Asuka Teramoto won her third title at the NHK Cup women’s competition on Saturday and claimed a berth for this year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.Teramoto, ...
    ‘Cutting Back’: The collected wisdom of an aesthetic pruner

    ‘Cutting Back’: The collected wisdom of an aesthetic pruner


    Breezy, frequently humorous and self-scolding, Leslie Buck's "Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto" is a poignant look at the storied Japanese world...

    Breezy, frequently humorous and self-scolding, Leslie Buck's "Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto" is a poignant look at the storied Japanese world ...
    ‘The Diving Pool’: Three psychologically subversive novellas

    ‘The Diving Pool’: Three psychologically subversive novellas


    In these unsettling novellas — "The Diving Pool," "Pregnancy Diary" and "Dormitory" — Yoko Ogawa subverts expectations of traditional female...

    In these unsettling novellas — "The Diving Pool," "Pregnancy Diary" and "Dormitory" — Yoko Ogawa subverts expectations of traditional female milestones.
    AIBA faces Olympic inquiry team before Tokyo ruling

    AIBA faces Olympic inquiry team before Tokyo ruling


    The embattled amateur boxing federation faces an Olympic inquiry on Monday fearing it could be punished for forcing out a longtime IOC member as its...

    The embattled amateur boxing federation faces an Olympic inquiry on Monday fearing it could be punished for forcing out a longtime IOC member as its ...
    Hawks’ Kodai Senga fans nine, improves to 5-0

    Hawks’ Kodai Senga fans nine, improves to 5-0


    Kodai Senga allowed a run over seven innings to win his fifth straight start as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks exploited their opponent’s mistakes in a...

    Kodai Senga allowed a run over seven innings to win his fifth straight start as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks exploited their opponent’s mistakes in a ...
    Kris Bryant slugs three late homers as Cubs pound Nationals

    Kris Bryant slugs three late homers as Cubs pound Nationals


    Kris Bryant matched a career high with three home runs and drove in five as the Chicago Cubs routed the Washington Nationals 14-6 on Friday.Albert...

    Kris Bryant matched a career high with three home runs and drove in five as the Chicago Cubs routed the Washington Nationals 14-6 on Friday.Albert ...
    Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead

    Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead


    Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin stayed undefeated Saturday to remain joint leaders of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Pre-tournament favorite Kakuryu took another step at Ryogoku...

    Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin stayed undefeated Saturday to remain joint leaders of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Pre-tournament favorite Kakuryu took another step at Ryogoku ...
    Sumo 101: Endorsements

    Sumo 101: Endorsements


    One of the unique aspects of sumo’s attire is a lack of associated wearable merchandise.While manufacturers are able to sell an endless array of baseball...

    One of the unique aspects of sumo’s attire is a lack of associated wearable merchandise.While manufacturers are able to sell an endless array of baseball ...

    Not-guilty rulings on sex crimes


    The onerous rules for proving sexual assault should be...

    The onerous rules for proving sexual assault should be reviewed.
    Long-form journalism is the future of print

    Long-form journalism is the future of print


    "Creative destruction" will erase the dinosaurs and in their place will arise a new generation of print outlets dedicated to long-form analysis and...

    "Creative destruction" will erase the dinosaurs and in their place will arise a new generation of print outlets dedicated to long-form analysis and commentary.
    FC Tokyo continues superb start to season

    FC Tokyo continues superb start to season


    A crucial lesson in FC Tokyo’s 12-game unbeaten run to start the 2019 J. League first-division campaign has been that goals don’t need to come...

    A crucial lesson in FC Tokyo’s 12-game unbeaten run to start the 2019 J. League first-division campaign has been that goals don’t need to come ...
    Blame game: Fans lament rushed final ‘Game of Thrones’ season

    Blame game: Fans lament rushed final ‘Game of Thrones’ season


    As “Game of Thrones” suits up for one last swordfight, a phalanx of enraged viewers large enough to flatten the massed armies of Westeros is...

    As “Game of Thrones” suits up for one last swordfight, a phalanx of enraged viewers large enough to flatten the massed armies of Westeros is ...

    U.S. lowers the boom on Huawei


    The U.S.-China showdown is just beginning and it promises to be a rough...

    The U.S.-China showdown is just beginning and it promises to be a rough ride.
    The end of the International Criminal Court?

    The end of the International Criminal Court?


    By remaining in the ICC, states parties will sanctify the weaponization of international justice mechanisms to be used by the powerful against the weak but...

    By remaining in the ICC, states parties will sanctify the weaponization of international justice mechanisms to be used by the powerful against the weak but ...
    Berlin airlift anniversary raises thorny geopolitical questions

    Berlin airlift anniversary raises thorny geopolitical questions


    Whether the United States and its allies would go to the same length to support an ally today remains a very open...

    Whether the United States and its allies would go to the same length to support an ally today remains a very open question.
    Sandankyo Gorge: Hiroshima’s hidden ravine

    Sandankyo Gorge: Hiroshima’s hidden ravine


    An easy trip from Hiroshima city, head to Sandankyo Gorge for a day of exploring picturesque ravines and waterfalls before indulging in a local hot...

    An easy trip from Hiroshima city, head to Sandankyo Gorge for a day of exploring picturesque ravines and waterfalls before indulging in a local hot ...
    Matsuyama: Under the radar, home to the contemporary

    Matsuyama: Under the radar, home to the contemporary


    Although Matsuyama is known for its historical role in the Shikoku Pilgrimage and as a home for centuries-old onsen hot springs, there's plenty of modernity...

    Although Matsuyama is known for its historical role in the Shikoku Pilgrimage and as a home for centuries-old onsen hot springs, there's plenty of modernity ...
    Tilda Swinton relishes her samurai turn in ‘Dead Don’t Die’

    Tilda Swinton relishes her samurai turn in ‘Dead Don’t Die’


    Tilda Swinton feels most at home at the Berlin Film Festival, but she’s steadily become a regular at the Cannes Film Festival.“I’m racking them up,”...

    Tilda Swinton feels most at home at the Berlin Film Festival, but she’s steadily become a regular at the Cannes Film Festival.“I’m racking them up,” ...
    ‘Terrace House’ returns to Tokyo

    ‘Terrace House’ returns to Tokyo


    Netflix is ramping up its production of original Japanese content, including anime and live-action dramas, to please both domestic and overseas subscribers. But arguably its...

    Netflix is ramping up its production of original Japanese content, including anime and live-action dramas, to please both domestic and overseas subscribers. But arguably its ...

    Redouble efforts to reduce plastic waste


    Second only to the United States in the world in terms of per-capita volume of single-use plastics, Japan must increase its efforts to reduce plastic...

    Second only to the United States in the world in terms of per-capita volume of single-use plastics, Japan must increase its efforts to reduce plastic ...
    Japan’s global moment is upon us

    Japan’s global moment is upon us


    Japan's role as a global bridge-builder facilitating dialogue between international order and revisionist forces has never been more...

    Japan's role as a global bridge-builder facilitating dialogue between international order and revisionist forces has never been more necessary.
    Jeff Koons’ ‘Rabbit’ sculpture sells for record $91 million

    Jeff Koons’ ‘Rabbit’ sculpture sells for record $91 million


    A sculpture by the American artist Jeff Koons sold on Wednesday for $91.1 million — a record price for a living artist — at an...

    A sculpture by the American artist Jeff Koons sold on Wednesday for $91.1 million — a record price for a living artist — at an ...
    Despite being only 10 years old, actor Kokoro Terada is taking on tough topics

    Despite being only 10 years old, actor Kokoro Terada is taking on tough topics


    A heart-warming tale about an elderly woman’s struggles with dementia as seen from the perspective of her young grandson, “Grandma is Okay” (“Baba wa, Daijobu”)...

    A heart-warming tale about an elderly woman’s struggles with dementia as seen from the perspective of her young grandson, “Grandma is Okay” (“Baba wa, Daijobu”) ...
    Mick Jagger has his moves back after health problems

    Mick Jagger has his moves back after health problems


    It’s as if Mick Jagger is saying “Start Me Up.”The 75-year-old rocker tweeted a video Wednesday of him dancing around a studio in front of...

    It’s as if Mick Jagger is saying “Start Me Up.”The 75-year-old rocker tweeted a video Wednesday of him dancing around a studio in front of ...

    Press for freedom in Myanmar


    With elections in 2020, Japan and other countries should be doing more to press and to shame the Myanmar government into progress on human...

    With elections in 2020, Japan and other countries should be doing more to press and to shame the Myanmar government into progress on human rights.
    Why Japan should stay out of U.S.-Iran spat

    Why Japan should stay out of U.S.-Iran spat


    The Japan Times reported May 9 that “Japan hopes to mediate between U.S. and Iran to rescue 2015 deal.” This would be a miscalculation on...

    The Japan Times reported May 9 that “Japan hopes to mediate between U.S. and Iran to rescue 2015 deal.” This would be a miscalculation on ...
    America versus Iran: Confrontation from hell

    America versus Iran: Confrontation from hell


    Tehran's response to any major military assault launched by Washington could result in an uncontrollable regional...

    Tehran's response to any major military assault launched by Washington could result in an uncontrollable regional inferno.
    A tale of two ads (and two different sets of eyes)

    A tale of two ads (and two different sets of eyes)


    Since many Japanese people don't have the opportunity to interact with black people in their daily lives, how the community is represented in the national...

    Since many Japanese people don't have the opportunity to interact with black people in their daily lives, how the community is represented in the national ...
    The Abjects: London-based, but internationally minded

    The Abjects: London-based, but internationally minded


    It has been exactly two years since The Abjects, a London-based power pop and garage trio, last toured Japan, and since then the one thing...

    It has been exactly two years since The Abjects, a London-based power pop and garage trio, last toured Japan, and since then the one thing ...