Japan's Sasaki likely to be coveted when available for MLB
If Rōki Sasaki knows the perfect time for him to switch to the major leagues, he's good at keeping a secret. “He’s going to be a tremendous star in the big leagues whenever he gets here,” Mexico manager Benji Gil said Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Japanese pro Lego builder creates 50,000-piece replica of Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'
Fans of Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” can now find a unique Lego replica of the famous woodblock print in Japan. Japanese professional Lego builder Jumpei Mitsui created the replica for the Hankyu Brick Museum in Osaka. The 3D reproduction, which is 154 centimeters (approximately 60.6 inches) long and 128 centimeters (approximately 50.4 inches) inches tall, reportedly took over 400 hours to complete using around 50,000 Lego pieces.news.yahoo.com
North Korea fires ICBM test aimed to 'strike fear'
North Korea said Friday it fired an intercontinental ballistic missile to “strike fear into the enemies” as South Korea and Japan agreed at a summit to work closely on regional security with the United States and staged military exercises around the region. (Mar. 17)news.yahoo.com
Nootbaar says pepper-grinder sales are 'up quite a bit'
Lars Nootbaar's pepper-grinder gesture is catching on all across Japan, not just at the Tokyo Dome. You see people doing it on the trains, across the counter ordering a coffee and of course among the 40,000 fans who have packed the Tokyo Dome to watch Japan play in the World Baseball Classic. “I heard the pepper grinders around the country, their sales have gone up quite a bit this past week.”news.yahoo.com
Masks stay put in Japan as 3-year request to wear them ends
Japan on Monday dropped its request for people to wear masks after three years, but hardly anything changed in the country that has had an extremely high regard for their effectiveness at anti-virus protection. During a televised budget committee meeting at parliament, some lawmakers still wore masks, though Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wasn't wearing one when he arrived at his office Monday. Dropping the mask-wearing request is one of the last steps Japan's government is taking in easing COVID-19 rules in public places as it tries to expand business and other activity.news.yahoo.com
Japan activists demand dual-surname option on Women's Day
Women’s rights activists in Japan are renewing their demand for the government to allow married couples the option to keep both of their surnames, saying the current practice in which most women face social pressure to adopt their husbands’ surnames — a prewar tradition based on paternalistic family values — widens gender inequalitywashingtonpost.com
San Antonio Zoo works to save Japanese giant salamander with salamander ladders
The Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo has been researching ways to reconnect populations of Japanese giant salamanders that have been separated by dams that have been built along Japan’s mountain streams and rivers.