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Hiroshima Carp's 'Iron Man' Kinugasa dies at 71

April 24, 2018 - 22:57
Former Japanese professional baseball slugger Sachio Kinugasa of the Hiroshima Carp has died. He was 71. (NHK)
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Rugby World Cup volunteers being recruited

April 23, 2018 - 19:24
The organizer of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has started recruiting about 10,000 volunteers. (NHK)
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Huge crowds cerebrate Hanyu's consecutive Olympic win

April 22, 2018 - 20:09
About 108,000 people cerebrated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu during a parade in his hometown of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday for winning the second consecutive Olympic gold medal, in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February. (Jiji)
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Kawauchi wins Boston Marathon, 1st title for Japan in 31 years

April 17, 2018 - 22:27
Yuki Kawauchi won the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first Japanese runner to win the prestigious race in 31 years. (Jiji)
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Naomi Osaka eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

April 16, 2018 - 23:45
Tennis player Naomi Osaka, now living in the United States, has expressed her willingness to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a member of the Japanese team. (NHK)
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Flyweight boxer Higa stripped of WBC title for being overweight

April 14, 2018 - 22:54
Japan's Daigo Higa, aiming to break the national record for consecutive knockouts, was stripped Saturday of his World Boxing Council flyweight belt for being overweight on the eve of his title defense, local media said. (Japan Today)
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Girls not allowed to take part in sumo event

April 12, 2018 - 22:55
The Japan Sumo Association recently barred girls from taking part in a sumo event for children. (NHK)
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Tokyo Olympic committee calling for truce with origami cranes

April 11, 2018 - 22:00
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has launched a project to call for world peace through origami paper cranes. (Jiji)
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Japan gets new coach for World Cup

April 9, 2018 - 20:19
Just 2 months before the World Cup kicks off in Russia, Japan is replacing its national soccer coach. Akira Nishino is in and Vahid Halilhodzic is out. (NHK)
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Japan's soccer coach Halilhodzic being dismissed

April 9, 2018 - 20:17
Japan's national soccer team coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, is being let go. (NHK)
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Some surprising Japanese connections to the Grand National

April 6, 2018 - 21:31
The Grand National, held annually at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool every April, is the world's most famous handicap steeplechase for thoroughbred horses, but did you there are a couple of surprising connections between the extended four-and-a-quarter miles race and Japan? (
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Sumo: Female mayor barred from giving speech on sumo ring in wake of furor

April 6, 2018 - 21:03
A female mayor was forced to give a speech outside a sumo ring on Friday after being refused entry because of her sex, just two days after the Japan Sumo Association drew heavy criticism for telling women to leave the ring even though they were trying to rescue a collapsed man. (Kyodo)
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Japan to make eve of Tokyo Olympics public holiday

April 6, 2018 - 20:36
Japan will likely convert July 23, 2020, a Thursday and the eve of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, into a public holiday by moving Marine Day, which falls on the third Monday of July, to that day, a step to be taken for the year only, it was learned Friday. (Jiji)
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Wrestling director resigns over harassment

April 6, 2018 - 20:06
The Japan Wrestling Federation says its director has resigned for harassing 4-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho. (NHK)
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Life-saving women told to leave sumo ring

April 5, 2018 - 20:07
A professional sumo referee has told women who stepped onto a sumo ring to provide first aid for a mayor to leave the ring, according to the Japan Sumo Association. (Jiji)
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Sumo chief sorry for improper referee request

April 5, 2018 - 19:43
The Japan Sumo Association has apologized for an inappropriate request that women leave a sumo ring where they were providing emergency treatment. (NHK)
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3 Tohoku prefectures may each get 3 days in Olympic torch relay

April 4, 2018 - 22:01
The three northeastern Japan prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which were hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, are expected to have three days each allotted to them in the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Takanohana demoted again by Japan Sumo Association

March 30, 2018 - 23:44
Sumo elder Takanohana, who was faulted for his absence from the most recent Spring Grand Sumo Tournament and lack of supervision of a wrestler from his stable, was handed a two-rank demotion by the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Guidelines announced for Tokyo Games volunteers

March 28, 2018 - 22:40
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have published a draft of application guidelines for people who want to volunteer to work at the Games. (NHK)
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What are the sporting highlights in April?

March 26, 2018 - 23:28
Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama is looking to win his opening major championship in 2018 and he will have his first opportunity to do that at the US Masters next month at Augusta in Georgia. (
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