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10-Year-Old Japanese Girl Becomes the Youngest Professional Go Player in the World

Sumire Nakamura is now set to become the youngest Japanese Go player in history when she makes her official debut as a professional on April 1st.

Nakamura, who will turn 10 in march, will hold the record as the youngest professional Go player when she starts off her career on April 1st. She will take the record from the previous holder, Rina Fujisawa, who became a professional player in 2010 at the age of 11, according to Reuters.

Takoyaki Stand Explodes in Sales After Owner Starts Cosplaying

The food and beverage industry is so competitive that some owners decide to go the sexy route to boost sales, but a takoyaki stand in Osaka, Japan, went with a more creative approach by using cosplay to attract customers.

For Yukio, the owner of a takoyaki stand called Goonies — a reference to the 1985 movie “The Goonies” — in Osaka’s Nipponbashi district, dressing up in colorful costumes of known or obscure anime characters is a surefire way to generate buzz…and sales.

Teen Sues Osaka Government for $19,000 After Forcing Her to Dye Her Natural Brown Hair to Black

An 18-year-old Japanese woman is now suing the Osaka prefecture government for forcing her to dye her naturally brown hair to black, which resulted to irritation on her scalp.

Multiple applications of the chemicals for the dye had caused a severe reaction on her scalp, giving her rashes as well as damaged hair, according to Japan Times. The student, who is left unnamed because she is still considered as a minor in the country, is looking to sue the Osaka government for 2.2 million yen ($19,300) for the damages.