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Japan accepting ideas to promote culture ahead of Tokyo Olympics

May 24, 2016 - 22:47
The Japanese government on Tuesday began receiving proposals for trial projects to showcase Japanese culture ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Jiji Press)
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Horse racing: Sinhalite captures Japanese Oaks crown

May 22, 2016 - 23:20
First-choice Sinhalite erased the painful memory of the Oka-sho with a resounding win in the Japanese Oaks on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Hakuho polishes title as Kisenosato rebounds

May 22, 2016 - 23:06
Yokozuna Hakuho capped his dominating run at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a final-day victory over fellow yokozuna Kakuryu, finishing the tournament with a 15-0 record on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. (
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Japan fullback Goromaru out for season with shoulder injury

May 22, 2016 - 07:36
Japan World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru faces shoulder surgery next week and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with the Queensland Reds, the club said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Kisenosato falls again to hand Hakuho his 37th career title

May 21, 2016 - 13:32
Yokozuna Hakuho increased his record total of grand sumo tournament championships to 37 on Saturday, when he won the 15-day summer tourney with a day to spare. (Japan Today)
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Japanese rider, 75, loses chance to become oldest Olympian over horse's illness

May 19, 2016 - 23:15
Japanese equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, 75, is to miss out on becoming the oldest ever Olympic athlete after his horse fell ill with a cough, officials said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Volleyball: Japan edges Thailand in controversial five-set cliffhanger

May 18, 2016 - 22:59
Japan erased a six-point deficit in the fifth set for a 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) come-from-behind victory over resilient Thailand in the women's Olympic final qualifying on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Baseball star Kiyohara pleads guilty to drug use in highly watched Tokyo trial

May 17, 2016 - 07:29
Former Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing and using illegal drugs as his trial kicked off at the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Times)
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Rugby: Wallabies great Smith to head back to Japan

May 16, 2016 - 23:00
Former Wallabies loose forward George Smith will head back to Japan for a second stint with Top League side Suntory Sungoliath after completing his English Premiership season with Wasps, Japanese media said on Monday. (
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Ex-IAAF chief's son denies receiving Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid money

May 15, 2016 - 22:50
Papa Massata Diack, son of the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, has denied allegations that he received money from the Tokyo Olympic bid team through a Singapore bank account in return for helping Tokyo win the race to host the 2020 Games. (Japan Today)
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Japan defends payments over Tokyo's Olympic bid

May 13, 2016 - 23:58
Large payments by the Tokyo Olympic bid team to a firm linked to the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2013 were compensation for services under official consulting contracts, a senior Japanese official said on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Rugby World Cup draw to take place in Japan in May 2017

May 12, 2016 - 23:01
World Rugby announced Wednesday the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be held in the country in May 2017, the first time it will be conducted outside Britain or Ireland. (Japan Times)
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Japan could host start of Giro d'Italia 2018 cycle race

May 12, 2016 - 22:59
The 2018 edition of the Giro d'Italia cycle race could kick off in Japan, it has been suggested, with four stages held in the Shizuoka Prefecture to the east of Tokyo. (
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French prosecutors launch probe into Tokyo's 2020 Olympic bid

May 12, 2016 - 22:31
French prosecutors announced Thursday they have launched an investigation into Tokyo's campaign to host the 2020 Olympics for alleged corruption and money laundering. (Kyodo)
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Sumo: Hakuho makes another mark in record books with 880th win

May 9, 2016 - 10:44
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho added another laurel to his crown on Monday, when he posted a record 880th makuuchi victory at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Today)
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Summer grand sumo tournament opens

May 8, 2016 - 23:30
The summer Grand Sumo tournament has opened in Tokyo with all 3 Yokozuna grand champions winning their first bouts. (NHK)
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Citizen marathons aim to attract foreign tourists

May 2, 2016 - 00:02
The number of foreign tourists participating in citizen marathons has increased dramatically. With host cities seeing a significant economic impact due to increased demand for accommodations and meals, local governments and the tourism industry are noticing the potential for "running tourism". (
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Ex-Giant Kasahara arrested over gambling

April 30, 2016 - 00:19
In the latest development in the gambling scandal involving Yomiuri Giants players, the Metropolitan Police Department on Friday arrested restaurateur Satoshi Saito, 38, on suspicion of running gambling operations for the purpose of gain and former Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara, 25, on suspicion of assisting the operations. (
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2 snowboarders suspended over marijuana use

April 27, 2016 - 21:55
Japan's ski competition governing body has suspended the membership of 2 teenage snowboarders for their use of marijuana. They used the banned drugs on their tours of the United States in December. (NHK)
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New emblems have strong Japan flavor

April 27, 2016 - 00:07
The new emblem designs chosen by the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games appear to have impressed people with their simplicity and distinctly Japanese sensibility. (
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