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Tokitenku accepts retirement due to cancer battle

August 29, 2016 - 23:21
Longtime maegashira Tokitenku said Monday that balancing cancer treatments and sumo wrestling proved to be too difficult. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo Olympic officials find hints, warnings in Rio

August 22, 2016 - 23:31
Organizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are taking a close look at Rio's successes and shortcomings this year, hoping to glean solutions to the Japanese capital's own cost and space challenges. (Nikkei)
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ATHLETICS / Arai ambles down historic path for Japan

August 20, 2016 - 21:07
With each step he took - not withstanding his little bump with a competitor - Hirooki Arai walked closer and closer into Japanese Olympic history. (
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Japan's Olympics medal tally at record high

August 20, 2016 - 00:57
Japanese athletes won more medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Friday, bringing Japan's total medal count to 40, the highest-ever at an Olympics. (NHK)
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WRESTLING / Kawai wins gold

August 19, 2016 - 01:01
Risako Kawai bagged a wrestling gold medal in her Olympic debut, winning the women's 63-kilogram title on Thursday at the Rio de Janeiro Games. (
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BADMINTON / Japanese women's duo win the gold

August 19, 2016 - 01:00
The top-seeded duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won Japan's first-ever gold medal in badminton on Thursday, taking the top prize in women's doubles at the Rio Games. (
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Japan's gold medal rush in women's wrestling

August 18, 2016 - 00:36
On the 13th day of the Rio Olympics, Japan won 3 gold medals in women's wrestling. (NHK)
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Rio Olympics 2016: Pole vault penis claim 'made up' says Japan athlete Hiroki Ogita

August 18, 2016 - 00:28
The Japanese pole vaulter who appeared to knock off the bar with his penis in qualifying is refusing to blame his manhood for the incident. (
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Olympics: Icho wins 58-kg gold, 1st woman wrestler to 4-peat at Games

August 18, 2016 - 00:25
Japan's Kaori Icho became the first female wrestler to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals Wednesday as she defeated Russia's Valeriia Koblova Zholobova in the women's 58-kilogram freestyle final at the Rio Olympics. (Kyodo)
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Japanese gold medalists thrown by slow playing of anthem

August 15, 2016 - 21:59
Now that Japan has earned seven gold medals so far in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the slow playing of the national anthem in medal ceremonies has popped out as a talking point among Japanese athletes. (Jiji Press)
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Olympics: Nishikori beats Nadal for Japan's 1st tennis medal in 96 yrs

August 14, 2016 - 22:40
Kei Nishikori defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3 to win bronze at the Rio Olympics on Sunday for Japan's first tennis medal in almost a century. (Kyodo)
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Nishikori to face Nadal for bronze after losing Olympic semifinal to Murray

August 14, 2016 - 00:14
Kei Nishikori's bid for an Olympic gold medal came up short after a 6-1, 6-4 semifinal defeat to defending champion Andy Murray at the Rio Games on Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Veteran Kaneto swims to gold

August 12, 2016 - 02:54
Swimmer Rie Kaneto won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. (
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Uchimura wins men's gymnastics all-around in nail-biter

August 11, 2016 - 06:11
Japan's Kohei Uchimura, or King Kohei as he's known, continued his reign, squeaking by Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev to win his second Olympic men's gymnastics individual all-around title by 0.099 points. Uchimura has won every all-around at world championships and Olympics since 2009. (Time)
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Baker, Tachimoto win judo gold for Japan

August 10, 2016 - 22:05
Japan swept the judo gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday, taking the top spot in both men's and women's middleweight divisions. (Japan Today)
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Olympics: Japan shock New Zealand as men's rugby 7s kicks off

August 9, 2016 - 21:45
Japan set the men's rugby sevens competition at the Rio Olympics alight Monday as they opened their Pool C campaign with a 14-12 win over New Zealand. (Kyodo)
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Olympics: Ono breaks Japan's judo gold drought

August 9, 2016 - 00:13
Reigning world champion Shohei Ono has claimed Japan's first judo gold of Rio 2016 on Monday, ending a run of five bronze medals in the sport over the first three days of the Games. (Kyodo)
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Kohei Uchimura leads Japan to gymnastics gold, dethroning China

August 8, 2016 - 23:49
Japan returned to the top of the men's gymnastics world, beating Russia and China in the team event at the Olympics. (
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Soccer: Japan draws Colombia 2-2 in wild Group B showdown

August 8, 2016 - 23:45
In a matchup of two teams that struggled to find their best form in Matchday 1, Japan rallied to tie Colombia 2-2 in Group B action. (
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Ichiro Suzuki gets 3,000th career hit in major leagues

August 7, 2016 - 23:18
Ichiro Suzuki has gotten his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone. (
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