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Baseball: Dice-K starts comeback bid in Japan

March 4, 2015 - 22:33
Daisuke Matsuzaka made the first start of his comeback in Japan on Wednesday, returning to the scene of one of his most memorable pitching performances. (
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Soccer: Halilhodzic agrees to coach Japan

March 4, 2015 - 22:17
Ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to manage Japan, Japan Football Association President Kuniya Daini said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Japanese venues announced for 2019 Rugby World Cup

March 2, 2015 - 23:46
Sports officials have announced 12 venues in Japanese cities for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (NHK)
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Govt to OK domestic betting on some overseas races with Japanese horses

March 2, 2015 - 23:43
The agriculture ministry has outlined a draft of a bill that would allow people in the country to bet on overseas horse races featuring Japanese horses. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo submits basic plan for 2020 Olympic Games

February 28, 2015 - 02:47
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have drawn up a basic plan to be used as guidelines to prepare for the events. (NHK)
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Soccer: JFA will offer job to ex-Algeria coach Halilhodzic

February 28, 2015 - 00:20
The Japan Football Association will make a formal offer to former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, a source confirmed on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Hakuho denies breaching sumo protocol

February 23, 2015 - 22:59
Record-breaking Mongolian sumo wrestler Hakuho on Monday fanned the flames of a row over sumo etiquette as he denied breaching the ancient Japanese sport's strict protocol with an outburst against officials. (The West)
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Sled dog racing begins in Wakkanai

February 22, 2015 - 22:28
Dozens of hardworking sled dogs are battling it out in an annual competition in Wakkanai City in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (NHK)
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Tokyo Marathon ends safely in tight security

February 22, 2015 - 22:18
The Tokyo Marathon on Sunday ended with no major trouble amid tight security that included police officers who ran along with participants. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo Marathon under heavy security

February 19, 2015 - 21:44
This year's Tokyo Marathon will take place under an unprecedented level of security to guard against terrorist threats, following the recent hostage crisis involving the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group. (The Japan News)
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Ex-Yankee Kuroda returns to Japan for 80 percent pay cut

February 16, 2015 - 22:11
Former New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda returned to Japan's Hiroshima Carp on Monday after seven years in Major League Baseball and having taken a whopping 80 percent pay cut. (AFP)
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JFA: Officials not responsible for Aguirre issue

February 12, 2015 - 23:38
Japan's soccer association says its top officials were not at fault in the lead-up to the dismissal of men's national team head coach, Javier Aguirre. (NHK)
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Hakuho to receive top honor in Mongolia

February 11, 2015 - 22:35
Yokozuna Hakuho, who became the all-time record holder of the most championships after winning his 33rd career Emperor's Cup at the New Year Sumo Tournament, revealed on Wednesday he will be feted with the equivalent of Japan's People's Honor Award in his homeland of Mongolia. (Japan Times)
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McLaren and Honda 'ready for the challenge' in 2015

February 10, 2015 - 23:20
Ron Dennis has no doubts that the reformed McLaren-Honda partnership will overcome the "huge" challenge they face in the build-up to the new season and eventually go on to win World Championship again. (
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New sports for Tokyo Olympics to be decided in August 2016

February 5, 2015 - 23:18
The decision on which and how many new sports will be added to the slate for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will be determined next year, just before the start of the Rio Games, IOC Vice President John Coates said on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Police officers to accompany runners in Tokyo Marathon

February 4, 2015 - 23:22
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday that it will send officers to run alongside runners at the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 22 in a stepped-up effort to prevent terrorism. (Jiji Press)
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Soccer: JFA sacks Samurai Blue coach Aguirre

February 3, 2015 - 09:25
The Japan Football Association fired national team coach Javier Aguirre over concerns that allegations of his involvement in match-fixing will interfere with Japan's World Cup qualification. (Asahi)
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Toyota announces return to World Rally

January 30, 2015 - 23:47
Toyota Motor Corporation says it will return to the World Rally Championship in 2017 for the first time in 18 years. (NHK)
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New Miami Marlin Ichiro Suzuki makes it official in Japan

January 29, 2015 - 11:27
The Marlins handed Ichiro Suzuki a uniform bearing the No. 15 - the reverse of his cherished No. 51. He laughed. So did everyone in Japan when he joked about it. ()
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Nishikori exits Australian Open after quarterfinal loss to Wawrinka

January 28, 2015 - 08:25
Defending Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka avenged his only career loss to Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, when the Swiss No. 4 seed advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) win. (Japan Times)
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