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Shigemi Sato

Japan shuts down atomic plant in quake danger zone

Japan shut down the final reactor near a tectonic faultline on Saturday as Naoto Kan pledged a new law to compensate Fukushima nuclear crisis victims.

Portuguese defeat left ‘People’s ‘Rooney’ devastated

North Korea's star striker Jong Tae-se admitted on Thursday that he had spent the day after the 7-0 World Cup Group G hammering by Portugal in a state

Struggling Japan coach under fresh fire

Japan coach Takeshi Okada came under fresh fire on Tuesday for asking his boss if he should quit after a shock 2-0 defeat to Asian rivals South Korea.

All Blacks, Wallabies to boost rugby in Japan

The All Blacks and the Wallabies say they want to use their Bledisloe Cup clash here on Saturday to promote rugby in the growing Asian market.

Japan face tough task ahead of 2019 World Cup

Japan rejoiced on Wednesday after being named the first Asian nation to host the rugby World Cup, but faces a daunting task.

Does motherhood boost athletes’ performance?

A series of successes by recent mothers has prompted questions whether childbirth, far from spelling the end of a sporting career, can actually boost an athlete's performance. Paula Radcliffe has a sensational New York Marathon win this month, after having her first child in January.

Wie’s long road to Augusta

United States wonder girl Michelle Wie takes on Japan's top male golfers again this week on her long road to the Masters, despite simmering criticism that she should mature first in the women's game. Wie missed the cut by one stroke at the ,2-million Casio World Open last year but vowed to do better this time.

Woods looks to end season in style

Tiger Woods, describing himself as ''probably'' his strongest ever, vowed on Wednesday to go all out in his season-ending tournament this week and keep up the momentum into next year. The world number one, fresh from his runner-up finish at last week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai, is aiming for a record-tying third straight victory at the ,7-million Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

Imamura ‘was treasure of Japanese cinema’

Director Shohei Imamura, who portrayed modern Japan's downtrodden in raw realism and eroticism and became the first Japanese to win the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes twice, died of cancer in Tokyo on Tuesday. He was 79. Imamura was often considered the top Japanese director since the late Akira Kurosawa.

Show of Japan kidnap photos stirs emotion

Kim Jong-Il has no chance to see it, but thousands have flocked to an exhibition in Tokyo of happy family photos of a Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korea, fuelling anger against his regime. Megumi Yokota was snatched away in 1977 when the then 13-year-old schoolgirl was on her way home.

No more nukes, pledges North Korea

North Korea promised on Monday to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for pledges of aid and security, the first major breakthrough in more than two years of deadlock over the high-stakes crisis. The unexpected agreement also says the United States will respect the North's sovereignty and will not attack.

Last-ditch wrangling over N Korean nuclear issue

Delegates were engaged in last-ditch wrangling on Sunday over a proposed joint document aimed at breaking the deadlock in North Korean nuclear talks, but there was no sign of any compromise, and discussions will go into a seventh day. Failure to reach an agreement could force Washington to take the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

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