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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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Soccer: Japan beats Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

March 28, 2017 - 21:53
Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup. (Japan Today)
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New Yokozuna Kisenosato wins Emperor's Cup

March 26, 2017 - 21:51
In sumo, newly-promoted Yokozuna or grand champion Kisenosato came from behind to win his 2nd Emperor's Cup in a row. (NHK)
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Olympic golf venue to allow female members

March 20, 2017 - 21:33
A golf club designated as the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has decided to allow women to become full members. Kasumigaseki Country Club has been a male-only golf course since its opening in 1929. (NHK)
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Sumo: Injured Hakuho pulls out

March 16, 2017 - 22:32
Yokozuna Hakuho pulled out of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka after filing paperwork with the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday. (
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Skiing: Nagano's Hakuba to host World Cup Nordic combined next winter

March 16, 2017 - 22:21
The village of Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture is expected to host a World Cup Nordic combined competition next winter for the first time in 15 seasons, an informed source said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Japan hammer Cuba to move closer to World Baseball Classic final

March 14, 2017 - 22:25
Two-time champions Japan knocked out Cuba 8-5 in the second round at the World Baseball Classic with two stunning homers by slugger Tetsuto Yamada on Tuesday, moving another step closer to the final stage. (Japan Today)
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Japanese cheerleading team wins US competition

March 9, 2017 - 20:54
A Japanese high school cheerleading team has returned home after winning a US competition for a 5th straight time. (NHK)
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Sumo: Hakuho holds the key as era of 4 yokozuna gets under way

March 8, 2017 - 22:08
The focal point of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, which begins Sunday, is whether yokozuna Hakuho can rebound from his subpar performances at recent tournaments. (
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Tokyo Games expected to bring in $280 bil.

March 6, 2017 - 22:09
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government estimates the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will bring Japan economic benefits totaling more than 32 trillion yen, or about 280 billion dollars. (NHK)
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Coates: 2020 Olympic golf venue must be nondiscriminatory

March 2, 2017 - 23:32
The club that is set to host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament must change its policy of excluding women as full members or the event will go elsewhere, IOC vice president John Coates said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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