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Olympics Dumps Wrestling to Make Way for New Sport Called Wrestling

A bizarre sequence of events has secured an ancient and original sport a place at the 2020 Olympics, but not without exposing the byzantine workings of the International Olympic Committee.

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Japanese Reconstruction Minister Creates PR Disaster, Quits

After spring’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration created the position of minister for reconstruction and looked to appointee Ryu Matsumoto to help the recovery effort on several levels. That didn’t turn out so well.

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AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno

Radioactive Iodine Taints Japan’s Tap Water

Adding to safety fears for those in Japan, the government there has reportedly found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in the tap water of six areas, including Tokyo.

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Nerd Alert: IBM Does ‘Jeopardy’; Scientists Invent Ambulatory Goo

Tired of making machines that beat humans at chess, IBM is prepping a computer competitor for “Jeopardy,” which makes sense since Alex Trebek himself is computer-generated. Japanese researchers, meanwhile, have created walking goo.

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Tokyo Rose Dies at 90

The woman known as “Tokyo Rose” has died at the age of 90, almost 60 years after she was imprisoned for broadcasting propaganda messages to U.S. soldiers in WWII.  Pardoned in 1977, the Japanese-American Iva Toguri never agreed to renounce her citizenship, and was convicted of treason in a sham trial in 1949.

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Illustration: Blair Golson

Rio Gets Female-Only Subway Cars

The Brazilian city becomes the third at least the fourth worldwide (after Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo) to mandate female-only cars during rush hour—to guard against gropers and harassment. But many consider the law a major step backward for women’s rights.
(thanks to reader Hilary Tate for the correction)

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