Fighting leukemia, swimmer Ikee shares hope
NHK -- May 19
Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako has revealed a new look including short hair -- the result of her fight with leukemia.

Ikee, who holds the Japanese record for the 100-meter butterfly and other events, wrote on social media on Monday that she wants to show herself as she is.

Ikee added that she wants to bring hope to her fellow athletes struggling in the current uncertainty, as well as to others in trouble.

She spent about 10 months in hospital for treatment. She was discharged last year, and resumed training with the aim of returning to competitive swimming.

One of her corporate sponsors released a video in which Ikee says that having lost her hair is nothing to be ashamed of. She says she is proud of herself and the way her hair looks now.

競泳の池江璃花子選手がウイッグを着けずにありのままの姿を公開しました。  池江璃花子選手:「髪の毛がないのは恥ずかしいことじゃないし、自分の今のこの髪の毛、この自分自身に誇りを持っている」  競泳の池江選手は自身のインスタグラムとツイッターを更新し、「きょう、皆さんに初めてこの姿をお見せします。白血病の闘病生活中、私に強さをくれた皆さんに」とコメントし、ウイッグを着けずにありのままの姿を撮影した写真を公開しました。また、新型コロナウイルスついては「どんなトンネルにも必ず出口はあります。皆で乗り越えていきましょう」とメッセージを送りました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Jul 09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 24-year-old woman for allegedly leaving her 3-year-old daughter alone at their residence for more than one week, resulting in her death, reports NHK (July 8). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 07
Yamanashi Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested a 40-year-old-man over the alleged stabbing of a girl in her late teens in Nirasaki City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 5). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 07
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested a 53-year-old man over the alleged fatal stabbing of his brother at their residence in Yokohama City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 5). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 06
Police in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, say they have found the bodies of four people at the site of a warehouse fire. (NHK)
Jul 05
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 37-year-old woman who is suspected of swindling men met through a dating site, reports TBS News (July 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 03
More than 3,400 elementary and junior high school students and teachers have contracted food poisoning at 15 schools near Tokyo due to school lunches, local authorities said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Jul 03
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has called on people to refrain from visiting nightlife districts where coronavirus infections are on the rise. (NHK)
Jul 03
The Japanese government will urge the closure or suspension of about 100 low-efficiency coal-fired power plants in the country by fiscal year 2030 in the face of international pressure for a transition to greener alternatives. (Nikkei)
Jul 03
Night sky watchers say what appeared to be a fireball was seen streaking over wide areas of Japan. (NHK)
Jul 01
A new Shinkansen bullet train model, the N700S series, has come into service, with many fans celebrating its rollout. (NHK)