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Mount Asama emits volcanic fumes for 1st time in 4 years.
August 12, 2008... Mount Asama, which stands over Gunma and Nagano prefectures, emitted volcanic fumes on Sunday for the first time in four years, the Meteorological Agency said. An observation camera set up by the agency caught Mount Asama shooting up volcanic fumes to about 400 meters above its crater...
Champion Kitajima gets confidence boost as he eyes second double gold.
August 12, 2008... As Japanese swimming star Kosuke Kitajima prepared for the final of the men's 100-meter breaststroke, his eyes changed -- like a hawk closing in on its prey. Years before, those same eyes captured the attention of one man: Kitajima's coach Norimasa Hirai, who has been training Kitajima...
Kitajima smashes world record to take Olympic breaststroke gold.
August 12, 2008... BEIJING -- Japanese swimming star Kosuke Kitajima smashed the world record in the men's 100-meter breaststroke final to win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games on Monday. Kitajima, 25, swam the course in a time of 58.91 seconds, breaking the former world record of 59.13 seconds...
Decision on whether Noguchi can run in marathon to be made in 2-3 days.
August 12, 2008... KYOTO -- Japanese athletics officials will decide within two to three days whether Japanese women's marathon runner Mizuki Noguchi, who is continuing to receive hospital treatment following an injury, can participate in the Olympics, it has been learned. The news came as Keisuke Sawaki,...
Veteran Tani vows to continue judo after taking bronze at Beijing.
August 12, 2008... BEIJING -- Judoka Ryoko Tani has vowed to continue her career despite her failure to win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. "Now is not the time for me to set my next goal. I'll resume training and if I can brush up my skills enough to pursue a gold medal, I'll set my next goal,"...