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Golf: Miyazato gets U.S. Open spot after 8-hole playoff in Japan

May 22, 2017 - 22:53
Yusaku Miyazato made an 18-foot birdie putt on the eighth playoff hole to grab the fourth and final spot in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier in Japan. (Japan Today)
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Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix in Japan

May 21, 2017 - 22:43
Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Tennis: Japan to get tougher on tennis players after Mitsuhashi life ban

May 17, 2017 - 23:43
Japan's Junn Mitsuhashi has cast a shadow over Japanese tennis after getting banned for life for match-fixing offenses, a senior official said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Sumo: Temptations, commercial obligations drive injured sumo champ back into the ring

May 17, 2017 - 23:41
One of the perks of holding the highest rank in professional sumo -- yokozuna or grand champion -- is that the title is so exalted, demotion to a lower rank due to poor performance is almost unthinkable. (Japan Today)
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Rugby: All Blacks confirm test in Japan

May 17, 2017 - 23:23
The world champion All Blacks will face Japan in a test match next year before heading to Europe for their end-of-season tour in an effort to boost interest ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the country. (
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Australian rugby star Giteau to play for Suntory

May 15, 2017 - 23:05
Australian playmaker Matt Giteau will join Japanese champions Suntory Sungoliath for the 2017-18 Top League season after bringing to an end his six-year stint in France with Toulon. (Japan Today)
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Bawling babies face off in Japan's 'crying sumo'

May 14, 2017 - 22:43
More than 100 Japanese babies faced off Sunday in a traditional "crying sumo" ring, an annual ceremony believed to bring infants good health. (Japan Today)
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Youngest ever shogi pro extends record winning run

May 13, 2017 - 00:07
The youngest-ever professional player of the Japanese board game shogi, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, has stretched his run of official consecutive victories to a fresh record of 17. (NHK)
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Soccer club fined $17,500 for Nazi-style flag

May 11, 2017 - 23:07
Japan's professional soccer organization, J.League, has fined first division club Gamba Osaka about 17,500 dollars after supporters of the team hoisted a Nazi-style flag at a match last month. (NHK)
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England, France in same pool; Japan gets Ireland, Scotland at 2019 World Cup

May 10, 2017 - 11:44
England have been drawn in the toughest pool for a second straight Rugby World Cup after being grouped with France and Argentina for the 2019 tournament in Japan on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Kansai clubs seek to promote Kyoto as spiritual home of Japan rugby

May 8, 2017 - 20:23
The draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be held at the Kyoto State Guest House in Kyoto on Wednesday. (
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Youngest pro shogi player extends winning streak to 15th game since debut

May 2, 2017 - 00:34
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, extended on Monday his winning streak to a 15th match since his debut. (Jiji)
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J.League club bans group for waving Nazi-like flag

April 28, 2017 - 00:00
A Japanese professional soccer club has banned a group of supporters from stadiums indefinitely for waving a flag that indicated a political ideology. (NHK)
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Teenage shogi player defeats master Habu

April 24, 2017 - 09:33
The 14-year-old shogi player who became the youngest-ever professional in Japan has defeated one of the game's top masters. (NHK)
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Japan rugby body targets quarterfinal appearance at 2019 World Cup, medals at 2020 Olympics

April 19, 2017 - 23:30
The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday targeted at least a berth in the last eight of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and medals in both men's and women's sevens at the 2020 Tokyo Games. (Japan Times)
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MLB popularity at all-time high in Japan

April 17, 2017 - 23:04
Just over a year ago, the Japanese press was agog with stories of their "national treasure," Seibu Lions pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, going overseas to play baseball in the U.S. While bemoaning the loss of a homegrown star, there was also a hint of pride in Matsuzaka's ability to compete in the MLB. (Japan Today)
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Japan's Kurachi, Miyake win 1st places in N.Y. ballet contest

April 15, 2017 - 23:29
Japan's Taro Kurachi and Takumi Miyake have won the top places in the men's senior and junior age divisions, respectively, in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York. (Jiji)
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Figure skater Mao Asada retiring

April 10, 2017 - 21:43
Japanese figure skating star Mao Asada is retiring from competition. (NHK)
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14-year-old shogi player sets new win record

April 4, 2017 - 21:23
The shoji player who became the youngest-ever professional in Japan last year has now set a new record, clinching his 11th straight victory since his debut match. (NHK)
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Sumo: Kisenosato needs 1 month treatment for injury

March 29, 2017 - 10:22
A stable master of Japan's sumo says Yokozuna, or grand champion, Kisenosato has been diagnosed with an injury that requires one month to heal. (NHK)
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