Tokyo Int'l Film Festival Opens, U.s. Actor Jones Walks Red Carpet

Tokyo int'l film festival opens, U.S. actor Jones walks red carpet

The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival opened Wednesday, with award-winning U.S. actor and filmmaker Tommy Lee Jones among a host of celebrities taking a stroll down the red carpet amid the cold and intermittent rain in the Japanese capital.

Jones heads a five-member jury for the festival's main competition section, where 15 entries will vie for the top Tokyo Grand Prix award. The works, to be shown during the festival's run through Nov. 3, were selected from 1,538 titles from 88 countries and regions.

Kenya's Makau Wins Fukuoka Intl. Marathon

Kenya's Makau wins Fukuoka Intl. MarathonKenyan runner Patrick Makau won the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship on Sunday.
Makau overtook 2 other competitors after 38 kilometers to complete the race in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds.

Solar Plant Gets Int'l Certification For 1st Time In Japan

Solar Plant Gets Int'l Certification for 1st Time in JapanA pastoral view spreads across Aio district in Yamaguchi City by the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. "Yamaguchi City Aio Mega-Solar (MS) Power Plant" with an output of 1.4MW, which West Holdings Corp constructed and completed in August 2013, is located in the plain that faces the sea . It appears to be an average power generation facility with an output of around 2MW in Yamaguchi Prefecture, where a number of mega (large-scale) solar power plants have been constructed one after another. However, this plant features "Japan's first" something.

Athletics: Kenya's Mathathi Wins Fukuoka Int'l Marathon

Athletics: Kenya's Mathathi wins Fukuoka Int'l MarathonKenya's Martin Mathathi won the Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday.
The Japan-based Mathathi, who runs for the Suzuki Hamamatsu Athletics Club, finished in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 16 seconds, ahead of countryman and defending champion Joseph Gitau.
Gitau took the tape in 2:09:00. Yuki Kawauchi, who missed his drink late in the race, was third as the highest Japanese finisher in 2:09:05.