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Goromaru leaves for Australia to join Super Rugby

February 5, 2016 - 21:31
Rugby star Ayumu Goromaru has left Japan to join the world's top professional league. (NHK)
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Ex-F1 driver Kobayashi joins Toyota's World Endurance Championship team

February 4, 2016 - 15:34
Former Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi was announced as a full-time driver oi Toyota's World Endurance Championship team on Thursday, marking his first entry into the premier class of endurance road racing. (Japan Times)
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Soccer: Okubo named Japan's Footballer of the Year

February 4, 2016 - 15:32
Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year on Thursday in a poll of Japan's soccer writers. (Japan Times)
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12-year-old girl dies after colliding with snowboarder

February 3, 2016 - 08:42
An elementary school student has died after colliding with a snowboarder at a ski resort in Kitahiroshima city in Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Japan Tour keen to spread wings without structural change

February 2, 2016 - 19:15
The JGTO, along with the well-established China Golf Association, Korean Tour and Australian PGA have seen the golf market in the region muddied by a turf war between the Asian Tour and OneAsia circuits over recent years. (
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Retired slugger Kiyohara arrested for possessing stimulants

February 2, 2016 - 18:57
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested Kazuhiro Kiyohara, a former professional baseball star who played for the Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants, for possessing illegal stimulant drugs, Kyodo News reported late Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Sumo: Terunofuji to enter Spring Basho

February 2, 2016 - 13:59
Ozeki Terunofuji, who pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken right collar bone and damaged meniscus in his left knee, said Tuesday he will return to the ring for the Spring Basho in March. (Japan Times)
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Belgian designer drops Olympics logo lawsuit

February 2, 2016 - 05:47
A Belgian designer has dropped a plagiarism lawsuit concerning the now-scrapped 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo. (NHK)
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Air Sword Martial Arts: Spochan Experience

January 27, 2016 - 14:05
Japan is home to a lot of martial arts, many of which John can not physically do. However, there's one he can - SPOCHAN! It uses air swords and doesn't require a big financial investment. Basically, that means not only will you survive a blow from a sword, you can dish them out without being arrested. (ONLY in JAPAN)
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2020 Tokyo Olympic 'host towns' announced

January 26, 2016 - 17:14
Japan's government has chosen 44 municipalities for its "host town" program to promote exchange with countries taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (NHK)
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Kotoshogiku captures 1st career Cup

January 24, 2016 - 15:38
Ozeki Kotoshogiku took down fellow ozeki Goeido on Sunday to win the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo for his first career Emperor's Cup, ending a 10-year title drought by Japan-born wrestlers. (
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Rugby: New Zealander Joseph set to take over as Japan coach

January 21, 2016 - 04:31
Otago Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has agreed to take over as Japan coach at the end of the Super Rugby champions' 2016 season, the Dunedin-based team said on Jan. 21. (Asahi)
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Teen Osaka gets crash course in Japanese media after win at Aussie Open

January 20, 2016 - 09:49
Naomi Osaka, an 18-year-old tennis player from Japan, faced a room overflowing with Japanese journalists on Tuesday after beating Donna Vekic in the first round of the Australian Open for her first-ever win at a Grand Slam tournament. (Japan Times)
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Police conduct drone-capturing drill ahead of Tokyo Marathon

January 18, 2016 - 08:18
Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month. (Japan Times)
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Architect of Tokyo 2020 stadium says his design not a copy

January 16, 2016 - 08:22
Kengo Kuma, the architect of Japan's new 2020 Olympics stadium, refuted allegations by British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid that his design borrowed from blueprints she made and which organizers dropped last year. (Japan Today)
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Harumafuji suffers second-day loss

January 11, 2016 - 13:41
Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered a setback on the second day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, falling to No. 1 maegashira Shohozan. (Japan Times)
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Rugby - Japan's third most popular word in 2015

January 10, 2016 - 19:59
It was a blockbuster year for the growth of rugby union in 2015, and now it has the Google data to back it up. (
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Sumo: Harumafuji starts basho with win

January 10, 2016 - 19:37
Harumafuji, the winner of November's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, opened the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a textbook victory on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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4 finalists picked for Tokyo Olympic emblem designs

January 9, 2016 - 19:02
The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Saturday picked four finalists for new emblem designs for the 2020 Games. (Jiji Press)
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Dog trips runner at New Year's relay race in Japan, may have cost victim's team the win

January 6, 2016 - 20:54
If we were this dog’s owner, we would be sure to keep our pet pooch securely on a leash during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics… (
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