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Sapporo announces bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

November 27, 2014 - 14:51
The city of Sapporo in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido has officially announced its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
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Japan Basketball Association suspended by FIBA

November 26, 2014 - 22:29
Basketball's international governing body has suspended the Japan Basketball Association's membership after it failed to meet a deadline for unifying two domestic leagues. (NHK)
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Mongolian Hakuho equals sumo record

November 23, 2014 - 21:46
Mongolian Hakuho tied sumo legend Taiho's record of 32 Emperor's Cup wins on Sunday to send shockwaves through Japan's ancient sport. (SBS)
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Japan rugby official hails Super Rugby entry

November 21, 2014 - 23:52
Japan's formal entry into an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 will provide a shot in the arm for the game across Asia, according to the country's top rugby official. (Japan Today)
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Hakuho takes sole lead after Kakuryu falls at Kyushu tourney on Day 13

November 21, 2014 - 23:35
Yokozuna Hakuho's hopes of a record-tying 32nd championship title got a big boost at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 21 as Harumafuji drove Kakuryu out of the ring--and out of the lead--in the first yokozuna showdown of the competition. (Asahi)
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Osaka could host some of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

November 19, 2014 - 22:23
It appears some of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games slated for Tokyo might actually be held in Osaka. (NHK)
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Soccer: Japan beats Australia 2-1 in Osaka

November 18, 2014 - 22:55
Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals Tuesday to give Japan a 2-1 win over Australia in an Asian Cup warm-up match. (Japan Today)
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Ski jumper Takanashi sets Guinness world record

November 17, 2014 - 22:02
Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi has set a Guinness World Record with her total of 24 wins in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. The figure is the highest for a female jumper. (NHK)
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Tennis: Nishikori defeats Murray in the World Tour Finals

November 10, 2014 - 22:32
Japan's Kei Nishikori has defeated Britain's Andy Murray 2-0 in his first match of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. (NHK)
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Sumo: Harumafuji tames Ichinojo in Kyushu opener

November 9, 2014 - 22:29
Injury-hit yokozuna Harumafuji gave overnight sensation Ichinojo a rude awakening, thrashing his opponent in a sumo clinic on the opening day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Hanyu takes 2nd at Cup of China after scary crash

November 8, 2014 - 22:17
Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu was involved in a scary crash with another skater during warm-ups at the Cup of China on Saturday, but recovered to perform his free skate program and nearly won the title, despite falling five times. (The Japan News)
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Japanese swimmer Tomita denies stealing camera

November 6, 2014 - 11:57
A Japanese swimmer suspended for stealing a camera at the Asian Games has denied the allegations, claiming someone placed the camera in his gym bag. (Asahi)
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How this working man became Japan's most controversial marathoner

November 2, 2014 - 22:11
One guy, one not-super-fast-or-important guy has sort of spanked the elite running establishments of Japan, and the US of A. That guy is Japanese government clerk Yuki Kawauchi, pronounced Kow wah OO chee. He'll be part of the elite men's field in Sunday's NYC Marathon. (
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F1: Bianchi family says injured driver still critical

October 30, 2014 - 22:35
The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. (Japan Today)
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Baseball: Nakamura belts three-run homer in 10th to put Hawks one win away from Japan Series title

October 29, 2014 - 22:00
The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks celebrated like they'd won a championship after Akira Nakamura's home run cleared the fence and ended Game 4 of the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
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Mongolian sumo wrestler promoted in record time

October 27, 2014 - 23:01
Mongolian sumo wrestler Ichinojo has reached the sport's third-highest rank of Sekiwake in the shortest period of time in about 90 years. (NHK)
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Biggest losers: Japan baseball side in 86th straight defeat

October 27, 2014 - 00:59
A Japanese university baseball team extended its own record of futility on Sunday, losing its 86th straight game while finishing a fourth consecutive year winless. (nzherald)
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Baseball: Fifth-inning outburst carries Tigers to Game 1 triumph over Hawks

October 25, 2014 - 23:17
The Hanshin Tigers put runners on every base with two outs in the fifth inning in the opening game of the Japan Series as the zeal and frenzy of their fans in the stands shot to new levels. (Japan Times)
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Japan entering Super Rugby as competition expands to 18

October 25, 2014 - 09:09
Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016. (
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Tigers advance to Japan Series for first time since 2005

October 19, 2014 - 22:36
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
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