Osaka Wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has won the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Osaka reached the final without losing a single set in the tournament in the city of Osaka, where she was born.

Rugby World Cup Fan Zones Open

Rugby World Cup fan zones open

The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. The matches will be broadcast live at 16 public viewing sites, or fan zones, in 12 cities across the country.

The two fan zones in Tokyo are in Chofu City and Chiyoda Ward.

Rugby World Cup To Open In Japan

Rugby World Cup to open in Japan

The Rugby World Cup opens in Japan on Friday. It's the first time the tournament will be held in Asia.

The competition will continue through November 2, with a total of 48 matches scheduled at 12 venues.

Osaka Fails To Defend Us Open Title

Osaka fails to defend US Open title

Japan's tennis star Naomi Osaka dropped out of the US Open on Monday after suffering straight set losses to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the fourth round.

Bencic broke Osaka's serves from the outset. She accurately hit shots deep into the court and from near the net before winning the first set 7-5.

Mt. Fuji Trails Open In Shizuoka Pref. Side

Mt. Fuji trails open in Shizuoka Pref. side

Three major trails on Mount Fuji that start in Shizuoka Prefecture have opened to trekkers for the summer climbing season.

The opening of the Fujinomiya-guchi, Gotenba-guchi and Subashiri-guchi trails followed those of other routes in Yamanashi Prefecture this month. Mount Fuji straddles the two prefectures.

Honda E Gets New Colors, And Reservation Books Are Now Open In Europe

Honda E gets new colors, and reservation books are now open in Europe

Potential customers for the Honda E have been allowed to "register interest" for the little electric car, but the order books officially open today. Your order is essentially placed through a reservation system wherein you choose your desired color of Honda E. Speaking of colors, there are now a total of five to choose from for initial ordering. You can check them out in the gallery above.

We've been staring at the white Honda E for awhile now, so it's great to see a bunch of new options for the cute car. All of the hues look superb, but we may be partial to the Crystal Blue or Charge Yellow. Whatever color you choose, it appears to retain the black accents on the hood and around the rest of the car. For the time being, there aren't any other customization options available. We imagine packages and options may become selectable later on if you actually commit to purchasing one.

Intl. Surfing Championships Open In Chiba

Intl. surfing championships open in Chiba

Surfers from around the world have gathered on a beach in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, for an annual championships.

The contest is taking place at Tsurigasaki beach, which will host the first ever Olympic surfing events next year.

Palace Grounds Open For Cherry Blossom Viewing

Palace grounds open for cherry blossom viewing

An avenue inside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo has been opened to the public for cherry blossom viewing.

About 700 people were waiting outside a palace gate on Saturday morning for the final chance to walk along Inui Street before Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30.

Tsunami-hit School Buildings Open As Memorial

Tsunami-hit school buildings open as memorial

Buildings of a high school in northeastern Japan that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tsunami have opened to the public as a memorial to the disaster.

About 60 people, including city officials, took part in a ceremony in the city of Kesennuma on Sunday. They observed a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.

New Emperor To Open Olympics And Paralympics

New Emperor to open Olympics and Paralympics

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito will likely open both the Olympic and Paralympic summer games in Tokyo in 2020 as the new Emperor.

Japan will host the two events after the Crown Prince ascends the throne on May 1st, following Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30th.