The Yokozuna Deliberation Council handed the Mongolian wrestler a work of Japanese artistic calligraphy for surpassing former yokozuna Chiyonofuji’s 1,045 and former ozeki Kaio’s 1,047 wins during the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament en route to setting the record and capturing his 39th title.
The work by calligrapher Kyoji Nakagawa had the characters “yume (dream),” “kokoro (mind),” and “un (luck)” that the wrestler had asked for.
“He (Nakagawa) put his soul into it,” Hakuho said. “If you make your own luck with an overflowing heart, your dreams could come true. I’m honored”
The grand champion said he will hang the calligraphy up at home, although there is a plan in the future to build a memorial in his name.
Uber’s board of directors Tuesday approved a plan that reins in the influence of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick and opens the door to a colossal investment by telecommunications giant SoftBank. (Japan Times)
Yokozuna Hakuho received a special award from an advisory body of the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday, commemorating the record of all-time wins of 1,050 he set in July. (Japan Times)
While the Federal Reserve is entering the final phase of its exit strategy, there is no end in sight for the BOJ’s massive monetary easing policy, which has seen nothing but expansion during Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s term. (Nikkei)
Companies in Japan’s service industries are struggling to hire and retain staff as the labor market becomes the tightest in decades, and are increasingly taking unorthodox steps to alleviate the shortage. (Japan Today)
Japan accepted just three refugees in the first half of 2017 despite receiving a record 8,561 fresh asylum applications, the government said on Tuesday, highlighting the nation’s reluctance to accept foreigners. (Japan Today)
In the upcoming general election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek voters’ verdict on his signature Abenomics economic policy mix, which he has strongly promoted but is yet to achieve the full range of its intended targets. (Jiji)
Many people in Japan are still trying to wrap their heads around an incident that occurred on September 28 at Hakata High School in Fukuoka Prefecture, in which a student violently assaulted his teacher after the educator confiscated a tablet on which the boy had been watching movies during class time. (Japan Today)
An elderly woman was injured after she leaped from a building in Chuo Ward that caught fire on Wednesday, the Tokyo Fire Department said, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
Japan’s nuclear regulator has taken a step further in allowing Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, to restart its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. (NHK)
A 31-year-old male driver briefly fell asleep at the controls of a commuter train traveling at 120 kilometers per hour in the Tokyo metropolitan area in September, the railway operator said Tuesday. (Japan Today)