Ruling Camp Wins In Key Gubernatorial Race

Ruling camp wins in key gubernatorial race

In Japan's nationwide local elections, a candidate supported by the national ruling camp defeated a candidate supported by opposition in a gubernatorial election in Hokkaido.

In the first half of the unified local elections, voters in 11 prefectures cast their votes in the gubernatorial elections.

Golf/ Nasa Hataoka Wins Kia Classic For 3rd Lpga Tour Win

GOLF/ Nasa Hataoka wins Kia Classic for 3rd LPGA Tour win

CARLSBAD, California--Nasa Hataoka won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara Golf Club for her third victory in her last 16 LPGA Tour starts.

The 20-year-old Japanese player closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over playing partner Inbee Park, top-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Jin Young Ko, Azahara Munoz and Danielle Kang.

Hakuho Wins 42nd Sumo Tournament

Hakuho wins 42nd sumo tournament

Sumo grand champion Hakuho clinched his 42nd title in the spring tournament in Osaka on Sunday. The Mongolian yokozuna beat another grand champion, Kakuryu, in the final bout.

Hakuho finished with a perfect record. Rank-and-file wrestler Ichinojo followed with 14 wins and one loss.

Xperia Xz3 Wins 2019 If Design Award

Xperia XZ3 wins 2019 iF Design Award

Sony has a history of winning awards for design, and that is no different for its Xperia smartphones. Last year saw four Xperia products pick up iF Design Awards, including a Gold Award for the Xperia XZ1. This year, Sony is once again not empty-handed, as the Xperia XZ3 has won a 2019 iF Design Award. It's very much a worthy winner. The Xperia XZ3 was the first Sony phone to use an OLED display, and came with a seamless design appealing to the mass market including the use of a 3D curved display.

Habu Wins Nhk Shogi Tournament, Sets New Record

Habu wins NHK shogi tournament, sets new record

Professional player Yoshiharu Habu has won the NHK Cup TV Tournament for shogi, or Japanese chess, setting a new record of 45 official competition victories.

The ninth-dan shogi master beat Masataka Goda, who also holds the highest rank, in the final aired on Sunday.

Speed Skating: Kodaira Wins Women's 500

Speed skating: Kodaira wins women's 500

Japanese skater Nao Kodaira won the gold medal in the women's 500-meter at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States on Saturday.

She finished in 36.47 seconds, setting a new national record for Japan. She extended her winning streak for the event at the world cup to 22 wins.

Japan's Ski Jumper Wins Overall World Cup Victory

Japan's ski jumper wins overall World Cup victory

A Japanese athlete has secured an overall victory in the 2018-19 men's Ski Jumping World Cup.

22-year-old Ryoyu Kobayashi had been leading the men's individual all-round competition by winning 11 events so far. He faced the large hill in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on Sunday.

Japanese Architect Wins Pritzker Prize

Japanese architect wins Pritzker Prize

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, a prestigious award often called the Nobel Prize of the profession.

The jury at the Hyatt Foundation, the prize's organizer, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Nissan Ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn Wins Release From Jail

Nissan ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn wins release from jail

TOKYO — The Tokyo District Court approved the release of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn on bail of 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) on Tuesday, although the end of his four months of detention in Japan was delayed when prosecutors appealed that decision. Prosecutors filed their objection to Ghosn's release within hours of the announcement he was going to be granted bail. But their appeal was rejected by the court, paving the way for his release. A lawyer for Ghosn said he would not be able to leave the Tokyo Detention Center until Wednesday at the earliest, because bail procedures can't be done at night. The acceptance of Ghosn's request for bail, his third, came a day after the lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, said he was confident the auto executive would gain his release. Hironaka, who recently joined Ghosn's defense team, is famous for winning acquittals in Japan, a nation where the conviction rate is 99 percent. Hironaka said Monday that he had offered new ways to monitor Ghosn after his release, such as camera surveillance. Hironaka also questioned the grounds for Ghosn's arrest, calling the case "very peculiar," and suggesting it could have been dealt with as an internal company matter. He welcomed the decision, telling reporters: "It was good we proposed concrete ways showing how he would not tamper with evidence or try to flee." The 1 billion yen bail set by the court was relatively high but not the highest ever in Japan. Among the conditions for Ghosn's release were restrictions on where he can live, a ban on foreign travel and other promises not to tamper with evidence or try to flee, the court said. The former head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance has been detained since he was arrested on Nov. 19. He says he is innocent of charges of falsifying financial information and of breach of trust. In Japan, suspects are routinely detained for months, often until their trials start. That's especially true of those who insist on their innocence. Prosecutors say suspects may tamper with evidence and shouldn't be released. Two previous requests submitted by his legal team were denied. His previous defense lawyer, Motonari Ohtsuru, had said Ghosn's release might not come for months. Hironaka is among many critics of the Japanese justice system who say such lengthy detentions of suspects are unfair. He referred to the situation as "hostage justice." Ghosn is charged with falsifying financial reports by under-reporting compensation that he contends was never paid or decided upon. The breach of trust allegations center on a temporary transfer of Ghosn's investment losses to Nissan's books that he says caused no losses to the automaker. They also name payments to a Saudi businessman that he says were for legitimate services. Ghosn's family had appealed for his release, calling his detention a human rights violation. Nissan Motor Co. declined comment on the criminal case but said it was working on strengthening corporate governance. Nissan has dismissed Ghosn as chairman, although he remains on the board pending a decision at a shareholders' meeting. "Nissan's internal investigation has uncovered substantial evidence of blatantly unethical conduct," company spokesman Nick Maxfield said.

Naomi Osaka Wins Breakthrough Of The Year Award

Naomi Osaka wins Breakthrough of the Year Award

Tennis star Naomi Osaka's soaring success in 2018 has been rewarded with the Breakthrough of the Year prize at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Winners of the prestigious awards were announced in Monaco on Monday. Osaka is the first Japanese to be honored since the Laureus awards began in 2000.

Japanese Filmmaker Wins Grammy

Japanese filmmaker wins Grammy

Japanese filmmaker Hiro Murai has been honored at Sunday's annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

His music video for American rapper Childish Gambino's song "This is America" won its category.

Hosoda's Anime Film "mirai" Wins Annie Award

Hosoda's anime film

Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda's film, "Mirai," won the Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The award is often called the Oscar of animated films.
The category is for films shown at fewer than 1,000 theaters in the United States.

Tamawashi Wins First Sumo Tournament

Tamawashi wins first sumo tournament

In sumo, Tamawashi, a third-ranked Sekiwake wrestler from Mongolia, has clinched his first title.

Tamawashi beat rank-and-file wrestler Endo on the final day of the New Year tournament in Tokyo on Sunday.

Nishikori Wins Brisbane International

Nishikori wins Brisbane International

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has clinched his first title in almost three years by winning the men's singles final at the Brisbane International tournament in Australia.

The world's number nine player beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Sunday.