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1865: Okada Izo, barbarian-expeller

2 days agoNews / Crime : Executed Today

On this date in 1865, the Japanese samurai Okada Izo was dispatched by crucifixion. He was one of the “Four Hitokiri — manslayers — whose legendary blades coruscated in the Bakumatsu era that marked Japan’s pivot from an isolationist feudal state, one where samurai were big men on prefectures, to a burgeoning modern power ruled […]

The Kenko Shindan/Health Check In Japan: Is It Mandatory?

In our earlier article, Kenko Shindan - The Japanese Health Check, we broke down the process of getting through an annual health check at work. Whilst some people welcome the prospect of a poke and prod on the company's money, for many, being ordered by the suits to the hospital remains something of a sore point. Show More Summary

Well, Those Are the Two Options

Chick: So, you’re working here now? Barista guy: Well, had they taught me karate from a young age like they were supposed to I would be fighting shoguns in Japan right now. –Park Slope coffee shop Overheard by: kendell chambers

Japan power group aims for 35 percent CO2 emissions cut by 2030: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's major power firms are seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 compared with 2013 levels by relying on nuclear power, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eases past Kurumi Nara  

Defending champion Petra Kvitova made light work of Japan's Kurumi Nara in the Wimbledon second round as the Czech cruised through with a straight-sets win.

Kitten and Owl Napping Together

2 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Photo: Hukulou Coffee) Hukulou Coffee in Osaka, Japan is an owl café. That’s like a cat café, but with owls. But sometimes other animals visit, such a rabbit and this cat. One of the resident owls has already made friends with the kitten. Together, they’ve become darlings of the internet. You can see more photos of this supremely adorable couple at Rocket News 24.

Women's World Cup 2015: 4 Things to Look for in United States vs. Japan Final

Japan and the United States are set for a winner-take-all rematch in the 2015 Women's World Cup in Vancouver, Canada. The two teams rose from their respective groups with ease while battling through tough teams in the elimination rounds. Show More Summary

Women's World Cup: Talk of 'the 99ers' inspires team to be 'the 15ers'

There's a shadow hanging over the U.S. team as it prepares for Sunday's Women's World Cup final with Japan.

After 16 Years, U.S. Has Another Chance To End Title Drought

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

VANCOUVER, Canada - There's a shadow hanging over the U.S. team as it prepares for Sunday's Women's World Cup final with Japan.

USA vs. Japan Mech Challenge

In case you needed further proof that we live in awesome times, American mech maker MegaBots just challenged its Japanese counterpart Suidobashi Industries to a freakin’ (friendly) robot battle in 2016. LET THEM FIGHT.

Four bouts added to UFC Fight Night 76 lineup, including some top Japanese fighters

UFC Fight Night 76 is starting to take shape with the UFC’s announcement of four bouts for the event. UFC Fight Night 76 takes place Sept. 27 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, just north of Tokyo. Due to the time difference, the event will air on Sept. 26 in North (...)

US And Japan Will Square Off For Women’s World Cup Championship

Are you watching the Women’s World Cup Yet? And elsewhere, the Episcopal Church has approved same-sex marriage ceremonies, and Norway’s running a safe sex ad with a glitter-ejaculating penis.

MES Successfully Tests First ME-LGI Engine in Japan

  MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) has for the first time successfully demonstrated the liquid-gas-injection concept in Japan using the very first ME-LGI engine to ever be commercially produced. Show More Summary

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Johnston and Hope Solo nominated for Women’s World Cup player awards

The United States is poised to possibly win it all as the team readies to meet Japan for the second time in a row in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, but a few U.S. players could also take home individual awards. On Thursday, FIFA announced its nominees for both the Golden Ball and […]

Creepy NIS Vita horror game is actually kind of cute

NIS (Disgaea) recently teased a spooky game with live-action first-person flashlight footage and a requisite creepy child. It ended up being for Yomawari, which is coming to Vita in Japan on October 29. It's about a young girl wandering around a spooky town looking for her missing dog and sister. Show More Summary

A Tiny Kitten and a Baby Owl Happily Snuggle and Play Together at Japanese Cafe

2 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A tiny calico Scottish Fold kitten named Marimo snuggles and plays with an equally tiny baby owl named Fuku at the Hukulou Coffee House in Osaka, Japan. While the cafe is primarily focused on all things owl, the kitten is certainly getting a great deal of attention, particularly from Fuku. images via Hukulou Coffee via […]

The U.S. women are gonna kick Japan's ass SO HARD

The USWNT will face off against Japan on Sunday in the World Cup Final, where they WILL avenge 2011's heartbreaking loss. Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to SB Nation on YouTube

The best in Japan: CEDEC shares 2015 award nominees

CEDEC has shared the nominees for its annual awards across five categories, including popular games like Final Fantasy XIV. It's a peek into how Japan's industry works....

Well, We Talked To Someone Named Laura Bassett About England's Heartbreaking Own Goal

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- England lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup semifinal on Wednesday after Laura Bassett accidentally kicked the ball into her team's own net during the final minute of play. Many people have confused England's Laura Bassett with HuffPost's Laura Bassett. Show More Summary

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