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Harumafuji captures title at Nagoya Basho

July 24, 2016 - 11:37
Harumafuji defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and seize his eighth career championship. (Japan Times)
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Soccer: J.League nets major broadcast deal

July 20, 2016 - 22:43
The J.League said Wednesday it has concluded a huge 10-year broadcast rights deal, set to start in 2017, worth about ¥210 billion with major British online sports content distributor Perform Group. (
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After one-medal showing in London, Japan track team aims for better performance in Rio

July 15, 2016 - 20:34
With less than a month until the track and field competition begins at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the Japanese delegation for the sport assembled at Tokyo's National Training Center for a send-off event hosted by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Friday. (Japan Times)
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Sumo: Yokozuna Hakuho's 33-match win streak ends; Kisenosato handed first defeat in Nagoya

July 14, 2016 - 13:31
Ozeki Kisenosato's bid for yokozuna promotion hit a speed bump and yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first loss in four months on Thursday, the fifth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)
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Baseball: Former Giants pitcher Kasahara admits to betting

July 11, 2016 - 06:30
Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara has admitted to his involvement in illegal gambling at a hearing held at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, Kyodo news agency reported. (Japan Today)
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Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

July 6, 2016 - 21:50
The uncertainty around Russia's Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month's Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo 2020 chief tells Japanese athletes not to mumble anthem

July 6, 2016 - 01:00
Japan's Olympic team has been warned by the president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee not to "mumble" the national anthem. (BBC)
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Golf: Matsuyama withdraws from Olympics over Zika concerns

July 4, 2016 - 13:15
Hideki Matsuyama has followed Jason Day and Rory McIlroy out of the Rio Olympics, opting not to compete because of concerns about the Zika virus, the Japanese golfer said on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

July 3, 2016 - 23:11
Japan forward Takuma Asano is set for a move to Arsenal after the Premier League club agreed a deal in principle with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the clubs announced Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

June 30, 2016 - 23:03
Kyoto will host the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in May next year, tournament organizers announced on Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Japan soccer team captain Hasebe announces marriage

June 30, 2016 - 22:48
Japan national soccer team captain Makoto Hasebe announced that he will be tying the knot in July. (Japan Today)
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Guinness recognizes Ichiro as global hit king

June 24, 2016 - 22:11
Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki was recognized on Friday by Guinness World Records for having the most base hits in professional baseball. (NHK)
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Tokyo assembly cancels mission to Rio Games

June 24, 2016 - 22:07
The Tokyo metropolitan assembly said Friday it will refrain from sending teams of its members to the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics. (Jiji Press)
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Japan 13-26 Scotland: Ring-rusty Scots weather early charge to comfortably win first Test

June 19, 2016 - 23:03
For Scotland, this was mission accomplished. Yet they rarely got out of second gear against an under-strength Japan side who defended ferociously and looked to raise the tempo at every opportunity. (
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Marlins celebrate Ichiro

June 18, 2016 - 23:24
The Miami Marlins held a ceremony on Friday before a home game against the Colorado Rockies to honor Ichiro Suzuki, whose recent hit gave him a combined 4,257 in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball and pushed him past Pete Rose's all-time big league hit record. (
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Model for Tokyo Olympics main stadium completed

June 17, 2016 - 23:50
A model of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has been completed. (NHK)
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Ichiro reaches milestone in hits

June 16, 2016 - 05:09
Japan's Ichiro Suzuki has made baseball history. The Miami Marlins veteran outfielder broke the record for the most hits ever by a Major League ballplayer. (NHK)
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Cycling hill climb race on Mt. Fuji

June 13, 2016 - 10:05
Cyclists from around the world have competed in the Mount Fuji Hill Climb, considered Japan's toughest climbing race. (NHK)
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Japanese pilot wins 3rd race in world championship

June 5, 2016 - 23:06
A Japanese pilot has achieved the country's first victory in an international air race. (NHK)
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IOC acts on doping crisis; backs 5 sports for 2020 Tokyo Games

June 1, 2016 - 23:27
Olympic leaders took action on two fronts Wednesday, ramping up efforts to keep drug cheats out of the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and recommending the inclusion of baseball-softball and four other sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games. (Japan Today)
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