Meet Japan’s newest oldest boxer Kazumi Izaki

In case the earlier post on Japanese rugby didn't make you feel punchy enough, here's another interesting story from the world of Japanese sports. Just one week shy of her 45th birthday, Kazumi Izaki has...

Japanese rugby . . . who’s ready?

There's nothing like some good old-fashioned rugby news to get you over the Hump Day. That's extra good news for rugby fans in Japan, who just might be getting a new franchise there in the...

Marine accused of rape in Okinawa released from custody

According to this article by Martin Fackler in the International Herald Tribune, the U.S. Marine accused of raping a 14-year-old Okinawan girl has been released from police custody after the girl dropped her accusations. 38-year-old...

Australian activists hunt down Japanese whalers

If you haven't heard about it already, Japanese fishermen have defied - or at least circumvented - international law and resumed whaling. Mark Schliebs, from Australia's Herald Sun, writes that some Australian activists are ready...

Japanese destroyer hits fishing boat

Two issues ago, the Herald revisited the tragic Ehime Maru accident - an international incident which threatened the amicable US-Japan relationship. Now there's another accident that bears some eerie similarities to the Ehime Maru incident....

Tourists, development threatening rare wildcat

Here's a story by Norimitsu Onishi in the New York Times that proves development of any size can have wide-reaching consequences. An increase in residents and an influx of tourists is changing the untamed landscape...

Tainted gyoza dumplings: The plot thickens

The Chinese-made frozen gyoza that has sickened scores of Japanese residents may have been intentionally contaminated with pesticide, Japanese police say. According to this Kyodo News article, police are "looking into the possibility the...

Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

Hot-air ballonist Michio Kanda was trying to break distance and duration records by traveling from Tochigi, Japan to Portland, Ore. Instead, the 58-year-old man has been missing for nearly a week, with his last...

Chinese gyoza causing problems in Japan

Some tainted meats are causing a big commotion in Japan. The New York Times writes that nearly two hundred people have claimed to be ill after eating frozen foods from China, particularly gyoza....

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