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Japanese pool player gives hilarious English interview complete with PPAP reference

February 20, 2017 - 22:01
Well, there is now a new Internet sensation breaking down those stereotypes and he comes from the comparatively not-so-popular sport of professional pool. His name is Naoyuki Oi, and you may want to remember the name because it may be popping up a bit more often in the future. (rocketnews24.com)
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Golf: Hideki Matsuyama aims to put Japan on top of the world

February 15, 2017 - 22:33
In Tinseltown this week there is the potential for a golfing script of which even Hollywood itself would be proud. (telegraph.co.uk)
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Japan starts applications for Rugby World Cup license plates

February 13, 2017 - 21:52
Japan's transport ministry said Monday it has started accepting applications for special license plates featuring the 2019 Rugby World Cup logo, aiming to build momentum for the country's hosting of the quadrennial sporting event. (Jiji)
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Yamanaka receives JBC's Boxer of the Year award

February 10, 2017 - 23:40
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named the 2016 Boxer of the Year on Friday by the Japan Boxing Commission. (Japan Times)
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S. Korea, China athletes not to stay in APA hotel during Asian Games

February 7, 2017 - 21:00
South Korean and Chinese athletes will not stay at the APA Hotel & Resort in Sapporo during the Asian Winter Games that begin there later this month, apparently due to a controversial history book placed by hotel management in guest rooms. (Kyodo)
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Golf club undecided on female membership

February 7, 2017 - 20:50
A planned golf venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has yet to decide whether to allow women full membership. (NHK)
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Golf: Matsuyama wins playoff to repeat as Phoenix Open champion

February 6, 2017 - 20:19
Hideki Matsuyama beat Webb Simpson in a four-hole playoff to defend his Waste Management Phoenix Open title Sunday, claiming his fourth career U.S. tour win. (Japan Times)
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Olympics mascots to be decided in open competition

February 6, 2017 - 20:05
A panel with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee has decided to hold an open competition to choose the mascots for the 2020 Games. (NHK)
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North Korean athletes' delegation given OK to enter Japan to attend Sapporo Asian Winter Games

February 5, 2017 - 19:01
The government decided to allow North Korean athletes and officials to enter the country to take part in the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games later this month despite Japan's ongoing entry ban on North Korean citizens, government sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Tennis: France complete Davis Cup win over Japan

February 5, 2017 - 00:31
France wrapped up victory in their Davis Cup first-round tie against Japan after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won Saturday's doubles to give the visitors an unassailable 3-0 lead. (Japan Today)
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Olympic venue urged to change membership policy

February 2, 2017 - 02:57
The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plan to urge the scheduled venue for golf to change its membership policy. (NHK)
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45 percent of Tokyoites unaware of 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

January 31, 2017 - 20:03
A survey by the Tokyo metropolitan government showed Tuesday that 45 pct of residents in the capital do not know that Japan will host the 2019 World Cup finals, suggesting the need to boost publicity efforts. (Jiji)
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Swimming: 19-year-old Watanabe sets world record in men's 200 breast

January 29, 2017 - 13:05
Nineteen-year-old Ippei Watanabe broke the world record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke, swimming the distance in 2 minute, 6.67 seconds at the Kosuke Kitajima Cup on Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Kisenosato performs ring-entering ceremony

January 27, 2017 - 21:42
In sumo, newly promoted yokozuna, or grand champion, Kisenosato has performed his first ring-entering ceremony before thousands of fans. (NHK)
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Japan sees 1st homegrown yokozuna promotion in 19 years

January 25, 2017 - 13:53
The Japan sumo association unanimously decided at a board meeting on Wednesday to promote Kisenosato to yokozuna, the first elevation of a Japanese-born professional wrestler to the national sport's top rank in 19 years. (Jiji)
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2020 Olympic golf course open to reviewing membership policy

January 25, 2017 - 00:45
The club that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament would be open to changing its policy to include women as full members, if asked. (Japan Today)
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Kisenosato to become first japanese yokozuna in 19 years

January 24, 2017 - 00:29
Kisenosato, who has the second-highest rank of ozeki in the Makuuchi top division of professional sumo, is set to become the first Japanese yokozuna top-ranked wrestler in almost two decades on Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Tennis: Nishikori falls to Federer in 5-set Australian Open battle

January 22, 2017 - 23:16
Japan's Kei Nishikori showed great resilience but eventually fell in five sets to 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday, missing out on a third straight appearance in the Australian Open quarterfinals. (Kyodo)
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Ozeki Kisenosato wins his first title

January 21, 2017 - 23:04
In sumo, Ozeki champion Kisenosato clinched his first Emperor's Cup on Saturday, the 14th day of the 15-day tournament, in Tokyo. (NHK)
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University rugby teams to be left out of national championships

January 18, 2017 - 22:15
University rugby, the traditional center of the game in Japan, will no longer have a place in the national championships, the Japan Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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