October 9, Monday, 2023

1. In the men’s Rugby World Cup, Japan has failed to advance to the knockout stage. The Brave Blossoms lost to Argentina in the last match in Pool D by 27-39. Argentina took an early lead shortly after the kickoff. Japan scored its first try in the 16th minute after Amato Fakatava collected his own kick forward. But Pieter Labuschagne was penalized with a yellow card and forced off the field for 10 minutes. His absence helped Argentina to score 8 points. The Japanese players struggled with their opponents’ power and physical strength and couldn’t reduce the gap.
2. Japanese police say four people have been hospitalized after touching what appeared to be a chemical on board a Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train linking northeastern regions with Tokyo. 3. A giant panda born in Japan has been put on public view in the Chinese province of Sichuan. Visitors to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda have been able to view Xiang Xiang from Sunday.