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Iyama becomes 1st go player to hold 7 titles for 2nd time

October 19, 2017 - 00:12
Yuta Iyama has become the first-ever professional player of the board game of go to hold all seven major go titles in Japan for the second time, by winning back the Meijin crown. (Jiji)
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Japan starts distributing car number plates for Tokyo games

October 11, 2017 - 00:39
Japan started Tuesday the nationwide distribution of vehicle registration number plates featuring the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to increase the country's momentum toward the quadrennial international sports events. (Jiji)
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Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move closer to F1 title

October 10, 2017 - 00:12
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title. (Japan Today)
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'King Kazu' wants to continue reign

October 10, 2017 - 00:09
Fifty-year-old soccer legend Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire any time soon, even joking that the day he stops will be "the day I die." (Japan Times)
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers find high bacteria levels at open-water swim venue

October 4, 2017 - 22:28
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers said on Wednesday that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon. (Japan Today)
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Hakuho's achievement honored with special award

October 4, 2017 - 10:31
Yokozuna Hakuho received a special award from an advisory body of the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday, commemorating the record of all-time wins of 1,050 he set in July. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo 2020 unveils new promotional graphics

September 27, 2017 - 06:18
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has unveiled new graphics that are to feature on posters and banners across the city and during the planned “1,000 Days To Go” celebration period which will run from Oct 28 to Nov 29. (Japan Today)
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High school slugger Kotaro Kiyomiya decides to turn professional

September 22, 2017 - 07:45
Japanese high school baseball standout Kotaro Kiyomiya said on Friday he had decided to turn pro rather than attend university. (Japan Today)
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Namie Amuro’s retirement announcement re-sparks debate on who should sing at the Olympics

September 22, 2017 - 07:41
With Japan’s Queen of Pop set to end her career, many are left wondering who the front-runner for the opening ceremonies is now. (
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Still more questions than answers with 2 years to go until Rugby World Cup 2019

September 20, 2017 - 22:41
Japan celebrated two years to the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo's Shibuya district ahead of a 46-day tour that will see it visit all 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south. (Japan Today)
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Beaches of Miyazaki, Kyushu set for World Jr. Surfing Championships

September 19, 2017 - 23:13
The surf breaks of Okuragahama Beach in Miyazaki, Kyushu are set to welcome the world's top junior surfers Saturday at the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. (Kyodo)
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World Rugby chief confident Japan can fill venues for 2019 tournament

September 11, 2017 - 22:30
Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup has created "nervousness" about whether big crowds will turn up but national pride will carry the day for the Japanese, World Rugby's chief executive said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Kiryu breaks Japan record for 100m sprint

September 9, 2017 - 22:51
Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the men's 100 meter sprint. (NHK)
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Injured yokozuna Hakuho pulls out of Autumn Tournament

September 9, 2017 - 00:36
Hakuho on Friday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament getting underway Sunday due to pain in his left knee, becoming the third yokozuna to withdraw from the meet after Kisenosato and Kakuryu. (Japan Times)
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More lottery revenues to be used to cover Tokyo Olympic costs

September 6, 2017 - 21:50
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday announced an agreement to use more lottery sales revenues to cover 34-billion-yen costs for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic events that will be held outside the capital. (Jiji)
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Soccer: Saudi Arabia beat Japan, qualify for 1st World Cup since '06

September 5, 2017 - 21:44
Russia-bound Japan were condemned to a 1-0 defeat away to Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, a result that saw the Gulf state pip Australia for an automatic place at next year's finals. (Kyodo)
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Bolt delights crowd at Kyoto event

September 5, 2017 - 10:02
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt delighted local children and "maiko" in Kyoto on Tuesday, with his trademark "lightning bolt" pose as he attended a promotional event for Swiss watchmaker Hublot. (Kyodok)
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Japan seal World Cup berth, South Korea made to wait

August 31, 2017 - 22:46
Japan handed Australia a 2-0 defeat on Thursday (Aug 31) that sealed the nation's sixth straight qualification for the World Cup finals and brought praise from coach Vahid Halilhodzic who heralded his young players' performance. (
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Tennis: Date calls time on career

August 28, 2017 - 12:22
Japan's Kimiko Date called time on her tennis career at the age of 46 on Monday, saying she was no longer able to perform at the best of her abilities due to physical issues and had decided to listen to the "inner voice" telling her it was time to quit. (
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Japan wins Little League World Series

August 28, 2017 - 12:21
Japan overpowered Texas in the Little League World Series championship game, 12-2, on Sunday. The victory marks the fifth time that a Japanese team has won the title since 2010. (
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