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Citizen marathons aim to attract foreign tourists

May 2, 2016 - 00:02
The number of foreign tourists participating in citizen marathons has increased dramatically. With host cities seeing a significant economic impact due to increased demand for accommodations and meals, local governments and the tourism industry are noticing the potential for "running tourism". (
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Ex-Giant Kasahara arrested over gambling

April 30, 2016 - 00:19
In the latest development in the gambling scandal involving Yomiuri Giants players, the Metropolitan Police Department on Friday arrested restaurateur Satoshi Saito, 38, on suspicion of running gambling operations for the purpose of gain and former Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara, 25, on suspicion of assisting the operations. (
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2 snowboarders suspended over marijuana use

April 27, 2016 - 21:55
Japan's ski competition governing body has suspended the membership of 2 teenage snowboarders for their use of marijuana. They used the banned drugs on their tours of the United States in December. (NHK)
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New emblems have strong Japan flavor

April 27, 2016 - 00:07
The new emblem designs chosen by the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games appear to have impressed people with their simplicity and distinctly Japanese sensibility. (
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Tokyo Games emblems chosen

April 25, 2016 - 12:27
A pair of logos for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has officially been chosen. (NHK)
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Ichiro stars for Marlins in victory over Nationals

April 22, 2016 - 05:44
Ichiro Suzuki quietly cleaned his cleats in a noisy postgame clubhouse Thursday before packing the shoes for his next game, which will be No. 2,368. (Japan Times)
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Athens Olympic marathon champion Noguchi retires

April 15, 2016 - 23:15
Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi announced her retirement on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Kagawa police nab American basketball player for marijuana possession

April 14, 2016 - 03:49
Kagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old American basketball player for the possession of marijuana in Takamatsu City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (April 13). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Baseball: Ichiro snaps tie with Bonds on career hits list

April 13, 2016 - 22:40
Ichiro Suzuki found a fitting way to reach the next milestone in his amazing career - beating out an infield single. (
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Sydney snowboarder claims she was chased by a bear at a Japanese resort

April 11, 2016 - 22:35
A video has emerged purportedly showing a Sydney woman snowboarding in a Japanese ski resort, blissfully unaware of a bear chasing her a short distance behind. (
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Nippon Badminton Association bans player for life

April 10, 2016 - 20:47
The Nippon Badminton Association says star player Kento Momota will be banned from competition indefinitely. The decision means he will not be selected for Japan's national team for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (NHK)
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Candidates for Tokyo Games logos go online

April 9, 2016 - 00:31
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has disclosed 4 sets of candidates for the emblems of the event. (NHK)
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Swimming: Kitajima's Rio hopes dashed at national c'ships, set to retire

April 9, 2016 - 00:24
Kosuke Kitajima saw his hopes of appearing in a fifth-consecutive Olympics end after placing fifth in the men's 200 breaststroke final at the national championships on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Badminton: Momota, Tago apologize for gambling at illegal casino

April 8, 2016 - 09:32
Japanese badminton superstar Kento Momota and teammate Kenichi Tago apologized on Friday following their admission of gambling at illegal casinos. (Kyodo)
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Japanese badminton stars linked to yakuza-backed casino

April 7, 2016 - 07:06
The Olympic future of a Japanese badminton star is in serious jeopardy following revelations that he and another player visited an illegal casino supported by organized crime, reports NHK (April 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo Marathon finish line moving to Tokyo Station

March 30, 2016 - 00:10
Starting next year, runners at the Tokyo Marathon will cross the finish line at historic Tokyo Station, race organizers decided Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Sumo: Hakuho wins 36th career title

March 27, 2016 - 19:00
It was not pretty, but Hakuho defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to capture a record-extending 36th career championship title with a 14-1 record on Sunday, the final day of the Spring Grand Tournament. (Japan Today)
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Sumo: Yokozuna Hakuho warned over reckless final shove

March 22, 2016 - 01:28
Yokozuna Hakuho has been warned for his full-blooded shove that sent a defeated opponent flying from the ring, causing serious injury to a ringside judge. (Japan Today)
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Ex-slugger Kiyohara indicted for stimulant use

March 15, 2016 - 23:46
Public prosecutors indicted former professional baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara on Tuesday for suspected stimulant use, after charging him with stimulant possession last month. (Jiji Press)
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Okuhara ends Japan's 39-year wait for All-England badminton title

March 14, 2016 - 22:11
Nozomi Okuhara became the first Japanese in 39 years to win the women's badminton singles title at the All-England Championships on Sunday, beating Wang Shixian 2-1 in the final. (Japan Times)
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