BADMINTON / Japanese women’s duo win the gold

Risako Kawai bagged a wrestling gold medal in her Olympic debut, winning the women’s 63-kilogram title on Thursday at the Rio de Janeiro Games. (

The top-seeded duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won Japan’s first-ever gold medal in badminton on Thursday, taking the top prize in women’s doubles at the Rio Games. (

The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in July rose 19.7 percent from a year earlier to a new monthly record of 2,296,500, outstripping the previous single-month all-time high set in April, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. (Kyodo)

A resident in his 40s in Hokkaido has died of tick-borne encephalitis, the prefectural government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

A safari park employee in Gunma Prefecture died Tuesday after being attacked by a bear which had somehow climbed into her car, local officials and police said. (Japan Today)

An elite central government bureaucrat on loan to the municipal government of Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is generating a buzz by appearing in the city’s PR video dressed like a rapper. (Japan Times)

The Japanese government has begun work to submit a bill to lower the adult age under the Civil Code to 18 from the current 20 during next year’s ordinary Diet session, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Monday to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo while two Cabinet ministers visited there on the 71st anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, immediately drawing criticism from South Korea, one of the Asian neighbors that suffered from Japanese wartime aggression. (Kyodo)

NASA’s Terra satellite flew over Tropical Storm Chanthu as it continued moving past the big island of Japan and staying to the east of the country. (

Now that Japan has earned seven gold medals so far in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the slow playing of the national anthem in medal ceremonies has popped out as a talking point among Japanese athletes. (Jiji Press)

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