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Land of the rising scrum: World Cup fever sweeps Japan

10 hours 1 min ago
Long queues for replica shirts, desperate searches for tickets and TV stations showing Japan's wins on a loop: excitement is building ahead of the host nation's historic Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo Olympic marathons headed to cooler Sapporo

October 16, 2019 - 21:56
The International Olympic Committee is considering moving the marathons and race walking events for the 2020 Summer Games from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido amid concerns about the Japanese capital's stiflingly hot weather. (Nikkei)
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Final 8 teams selected in Rugby World Cup

October 13, 2019 - 20:47
In Rugby World Cup action, the final eight teams advancing to the knockout stage have been decided. (NHK)
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Rugby: Brave Blossoms dedicate win to typhoon victims

October 13, 2019 - 20:40
Japan captain Michael Leitch said Sunday's historic win over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup was the Brave Blossoms' way of helping the nation in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis and thanking those that helped put the game on. (Kyodo)
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World Rugby slams Scotland over legal threat

October 11, 2019 - 20:54
World Rugby slammed Scotland over a “disappointing” threat of legal action on Friday as tempers flared over fears their pivotal game with World Cup hosts Japan will be cancelled because of a typhoon. (Japan Times)
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Rugby World Cup cancels two Saturday games as powerful Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

October 10, 2019 - 21:19
Rugby World Cup organizers announced Thursday that two crucial pool games scheduled to take place on Saturday have been canceled to avoid the impact of a massive super typhoon set to hit the country. (Japan Times)
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Osaka to pick Japan nationality for Olympics

October 10, 2019 - 21:03
Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she aims to play for the host country of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by choosing Japanese nationality. (NHK)
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Naomi Osaka overcomes world No. 1 Ash Barty to win fifth title

October 6, 2019 - 22:04
Japan’s Naomi Osaka came from a set down to beat French Open champion and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty on Sunday and win the China Open. (Japan Times)
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Japan on brink of first World Cup quarterfinal after beating Samoa 38-19

October 5, 2019 - 21:44
Kotaro Matsushima scored a bonus-point try deep into injury time as Japan moved to the brink of their first Rugby World Cup quarterfinal with a 38-19 Pool A victory over Samoa at the City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Legal sports betting in Japan

October 3, 2019 - 21:29
The gambling laws in Japan are not the easiest to work out and understand. The big point is that no legal casinos exist in the country, although that doesn’t stop other forms of gambling from existing as a stand alone service. (newsonjapan.com)
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Japan national team announces 28-man roster team for Premier12

October 1, 2019 - 22:01
Yomiuri Giants captain Hayato Sakamoto was among the 28 players named Tuesday to the Japan national team for the upcoming Premier12, an international baseball event that doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)
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Rugby World Cup organizers warn teams of approaching typhoon

September 29, 2019 - 23:49
World Cup organizers have briefed both France and the United States on "contingency options" for their Pool C match in Fukuoka on Wednesday if the game is affected by Typhoon Mitag, which is developing off the south-west coast of Japan. (Japan Today)
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Japan upsets Ireland in Rugby World Cup play

September 28, 2019 - 21:46
In the Rugby World Cup, host nation Japan has defeated world-ranked No.2 Ireland in front of an ecstatic home crowd. Ireland is seen as one of the favorites to win the cup. (NHK)
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Eddie Jones smiling as England peaking at Rugby World Cup

September 26, 2019 - 23:16
Eddie Jones' smile was wider than it's been at the Rugby World Cup so far. (Japan Today)
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World Cup lifts stadium food ban after long lines spur complaints

September 23, 2019 - 22:32
The 2019 Rugby World Cup organizing committee announced on Monday that it has modified its in-venue food policy amid a shortage of provisions at stadium food stalls, which has caused confusion and chaos for attendees across the country since the event kicked off last Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japan beats Russia in Rugby World Cup opener

September 20, 2019 - 21:47
The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. It's the first time an Asian country has hosted the tournament. (NHK)
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On-demand streaming service available for overseas visitors to RWC

September 19, 2019 - 22:26
An online streaming service designed for the more than 400,000 overseas visitors expected here over the next two months for the Rugby World Cup was launched this week by J SPORTS, one of the three broadcast rights holders in Japan. (Japan Times)
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Rugby: Japan set to host "spectacular" World Cup despite legacy issues

September 17, 2019 - 20:52
Japan may be ready to host a "spectacular Rugby World Cup," but serious questions remained Tuesday as to what impact it will have on the nation, particularly with the Tokyo Olympics just a year away. (Kyodo)
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Ichiro gives speech in English to Mariners' fans

September 15, 2019 - 22:46
In Major League Baseball, former Seattle Mariner player Ichiro Suzuki has made his first public farewell since his retirement at the team's home stadium. The Japanese baseball superstar expressed his gratitude to his fans in English. (NHK)
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Octopuses predict Japan will fail to reach knockout stage at Rugby World Cup

September 14, 2019 - 23:52
Two octopuses predicted Friday that Japan will not advance to the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup, which opens next week. (Japan Times)
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