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Youngest shogi pro Sota Fujii matches longest winning streak with 28th victory

June 21, 2017 - 11:51
The nation's youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, won his 28th straight match on Wednesday to equal the all-time winning streak in official matches of the traditional chess-like game. (Japan Times)
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Hideki Matsuyama closes with 6-under 66 in US Open

June 19, 2017 - 01:15
On the last day of the U.S. Open, Hideki Matsuyama was better than everyone else. Better than Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the congested leaderboard. (
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Rugby: Ireland thrashes Japan in 1st match of test series

June 17, 2017 - 22:53
Ireland scored seven tries on the way to a convincing 50-22 victory over 2019 World Cup hosts Japan at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the first match of a two-test series on Saturday. (
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JOC head wants Sapporo to bid for 2026 Games

June 16, 2017 - 06:52
The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee says he hopes the northern city of Sapporo will bid to host the 2026 Winter Games if procedures are revised in its favor. (NHK)
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Soccer: Japan draws with Iraq to move one win away from World Cup

June 14, 2017 - 04:59
Japan is one win away from qualifying for its sixth consecutive World Cup after grinding out a 1-1 draw away to Iraq on Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Sailing: Swedes end Japan's America's Cup title shot

June 11, 2017 - 00:42
Sweden's Team Artemis completed its remarkable comeback to eliminate SoftBank Team Japan from the America's Cup Challenger semifinal series on Friday and set up a showdown with Emirates Team New Zealand. (Japan Times)
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Rugby: Japan holds off late Romania charge

June 11, 2017 - 00:40
Japan's pace got the better of Romania’s brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. (Japan Times)
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Youngest pro shogi player makes 2nd-longest winning record

June 11, 2017 - 00:15
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, marked the 25th straight victory on Saturday, making his official winning streak since turning a pro the second longest in history. (Jiji)
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Baseball: Giants enduring historic losing streak

June 8, 2017 - 12:26
In their 83 years of existence, the Yomiuri Giants have never had a stretch quite this bad. (Japan Times)
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Shogi pro Sota Fujii, 14, extends record with 23rd win

June 7, 2017 - 10:58
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player at age 14, extended his series of wins on Wednesday since turning pro to 23, the third-longest winning streak on record. (Japan Times)
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Youngest pro shogi player Fujii marks 20th straight win

June 2, 2017 - 22:45
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, extended the winning streak since his pro debut to a 20th official game on Friday. (Jiji)
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Sumo wrestler Takayasu promoted to ozeki

May 31, 2017 - 06:55
In professional sumo, wrestler Takayasu has officially been promoted to Ozeki, the second highest rank in Japan's traditional sport. (NHK)
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Takuma Sato becomes first Japanese to win Indianapolis 500

May 28, 2017 - 22:57
Takuma Sato won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese driver to triumph in America's iconic race. (Japan Times)
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Sumo: Hakuho powers to 38th career title

May 27, 2017 - 23:29
It was a struggle, but yokozuna Hakuho pushed his record-high championship total to 38 with a victory on Saturday over ozeki Terunofuji in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. (
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3 parties agree on cost sharing for 2020 Tokyo Games

May 24, 2017 - 23:38
The Tokyo metropolitan government, the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the central government have reached a broad agreement on cost-sharing plans for the 2020 Games, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Golf: Miyazato gets U.S. Open spot after 8-hole playoff in Japan

May 22, 2017 - 22:53
Yusaku Miyazato made an 18-foot birdie putt on the eighth playoff hole to grab the fourth and final spot in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier in Japan. (Japan Today)
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Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix in Japan

May 21, 2017 - 22:43
Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Tennis: Japan to get tougher on tennis players after Mitsuhashi life ban

May 17, 2017 - 23:43
Japan's Junn Mitsuhashi has cast a shadow over Japanese tennis after getting banned for life for match-fixing offenses, a senior official said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Sumo: Temptations, commercial obligations drive injured sumo champ back into the ring

May 17, 2017 - 23:41
One of the perks of holding the highest rank in professional sumo -- yokozuna or grand champion -- is that the title is so exalted, demotion to a lower rank due to poor performance is almost unthinkable. (Japan Today)
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Rugby: All Blacks confirm test in Japan

May 17, 2017 - 23:23
The world champion All Blacks will face Japan in a test match next year before heading to Europe for their end-of-season tour in an effort to boost interest ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the country. (
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