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Tokyo Games to mark turning point for Japan: IOC's Bach

October 20, 2016 - 18:28
Visiting International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Thursday expressed confidence that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be a "transformational moment" for Japan and its capital. (Jiji)
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Wrestler Kaori Icho receives People's Honor Award

October 20, 2016 - 18:23
Japanese 4-time Olympic gold medalist in women's wrestling, Kaori Icho, has received the People's Honor Award. (NHK)
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Olympics: Bach stresses 4-party 2020 working group not about politics

October 19, 2016 - 18:49
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday he thinks he sees eye to eye with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and is not expecting any issues inside the four-party working group that will review costs for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (Kyodo)
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Carp hurler Kuroda to end 20-year career

October 18, 2016 - 21:48
Veteran Hiroshima Carp right-hander Hiroki Kuroda announced on Tuesday that this will be his last season. Now he will see if he can go out as a champion. (
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Fighters beat Hawks 7-4 to reach Japan Series

October 17, 2016 - 03:18
The Nippon Ham Fighters overcame a first-inning four-run deficit to reach the Japan Series on Sunday, defeating the SoftBank Hawks 7-4 at Sapporo Dome in Game 5 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage. (Japan Today)
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Golf: Matsuyama captures Japan Open title for first time

October 16, 2016 - 18:07
U.S. PGA Tour regular Hideki Matsuyama won the Japan Open Golf Championship, holding on to his overnight lead after carding a 1-under-par 69 in the final round Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Koike sees possible Tokyo Olympic rowing site

October 16, 2016 - 00:51
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reviewing plans for venues for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
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Osaka customs nab pro wrestler Matt Sydal for marijuana importation

October 16, 2016 - 00:46
Osaka Prefectural Police and customs officials have arrested a 33-year-old American professional wrestler for the alleged importation of marijuana, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan eyes total smoking ban at public facilities ahead of Olympics

October 13, 2016 - 09:36
Japan's health ministry has proposed a total ban on smoking at public facilities including central and local government office buildings, hospitals and other medical institutions, and schools, to help prevent passive smoking in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo organizers say rowing venue for 2020 Olympics should stay put

October 12, 2016 - 22:06
Organizers want the rowing venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to remain at its original location rather than be moved to a site in Miyagi Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Socceroos draw 1-1 with Japan in crucial World Cup qualifier in Melbourne

October 11, 2016 - 12:41
The Socceroos have taken another step on the road to the 2018 World Cup after coming from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with arch-rival Japan at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. (
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Hataoka becomes youngest-ever golfer on Japan pro tour

October 10, 2016 - 22:14
Nasa Hataoka became the youngest golfer on the Japan Ladies Professional Golfers' Association tour on Monday at the age of 17 years and eight months. (Japan Times)
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Nico Rosberg records dominant victory in Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix

October 9, 2016 - 22:23
Nico Rosberg romped to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead over world champion Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One title race. (foxsports)
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Tennis: Nick Kyrgios wins Japan Open final against David Goffin in three sets

October 9, 2016 - 11:00
Nick Kyrgios shelved the on-court histrionics and let his tennis do the talking to win an enthralling battle against rising Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and clinch the Japan Open in Tokyo on Sunday. (
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Throng hails Rio medalists

October 7, 2016 - 22:50
Japanese Olympians and Paralympians who won medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games were hailed in a parade in central Tokyo on Friday in Ginza's Chuo-dori. (
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Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

October 6, 2016 - 22:42
National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players "deserve two glasses of champagne" after Thursday's dramatic 2-1 World Cup-qualifying win over Iraq, but warned they will have to sharpen up at set pieces before they take on Australia on Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Fuming Hamilton seeks solace in Formula One Japan GP

October 5, 2016 - 22:26
Lewis Hamilton needs to find some Zen-like mind control in Japan this weekend after a cruel engine fire left the world champion fuming in Malaysia. (Japan Today)
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Ex-Giants pitcher Kasahara guilty of baseball gambling

October 5, 2016 - 22:17
Tokyo District Court on Wednesday sentenced Shoki Kasahara, a former pitcher for the Japanese professional baseball club Yomiuri Giants, to 14 months in prison, suspended for four years, for helping organize gambling on baseball. (Jiji Press)
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J. League announces plan to return to single-stage system for top flight

October 4, 2016 - 22:51
J. League soccer executives agreed Tuesday to return to the single-stage system for the first division next season, putting an end to the current two-stage system after two seasons. (Japan Times)
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Japan unveils plan to increase Olympic medalists

October 3, 2016 - 19:55
-Japan Sports Agency Commissioner Daichi Suzuki unveiled Monday an eight-year athlete support plan to bring more Olympic and Paralympic medals to the country. (Jiji Press)
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