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Olympics: 1,000 volunteers have quit following Mori's sexist comments

February 25, 2021 - 03:19
Roughly 1,000 volunteers who were to help out at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have quit in the wake of sexist comments by former organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori, the committee said Wednesday. (Kyodok)
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Japan won't require Olympic vaccinations despite appeal

February 25, 2021 - 03:08
Japan's Olympics minister said Wednesday that coronavirus vaccinations would not be a prerequisite for participation at this summer's Olympics and Paralympics, despite a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal that athletes be inoculated. (Kyodo)
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The enduring appeal of pachinko

February 24, 2021 - 07:59
Travel virtually anywhere in Japan and it won’t be long before you hear the distinctive cacophony of a pachinko parlour ringing out. (
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Sumo: Hakuho reveals virus frustration, hopeful of March return

February 23, 2021 - 01:28
Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho on Monday spoke of his frustration at missing the January Grand Sumo Tournament after contracting the novel coronavirus, while remaining hopeful of a memorable return at the upcoming March meet. (Kyodo)
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Sumo: Tokitsukaze asked to quit after breaking COVID rules

February 22, 2021 - 18:36
The Japan Sumo Association imposed the second most severe punishment on stablemaster Tokitsukaze on Monday, recommending he retire for violating coronavirus protocols when he made nonurgent, nonessential outings during a basho. (Kyodo)
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Naomi Osaka dominates Jennifer Brady to win Australian Open final

February 20, 2021 - 19:20
Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday defeated Jeniffer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win the Australian Open final as she continued her unbeaten streak to 21 matches (14 Grand Slam matches). (
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Naomi Osaka lauds Hashimoto's appointment as Tokyo Games organizing chief

February 19, 2021 - 04:27
Women's tennis star Naomi Osaka on Thursday welcomed the appointment of former Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto as the new head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee in place of Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last week amid a storm of criticism over his sexist comments. (Kyodo)
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Osaka advances to Australian Open final

February 18, 2021 - 19:19
Japanese tennis star Osaka Naomi has beaten Serena Williams in two straight sets to advance to the women's singles final at the Australian Open. (NHK)
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Hashimoto officially chosen as Tokyo Games chief

February 18, 2021 - 19:16
Hashimoto Seiko has officially been chosen as the president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee. She stepped down from her cabinet position as Olympics Minister. (NHK)
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Over half of Japanese firms want Olympics cancelled or postponed: survey

February 15, 2021 - 17:49
Over half of Japanese firms believe the Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed, a survey by think tank Tokyo Shoko Research showed on Monday, casting further doubt over the fate of the troubled Games. (Japan Today)
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Osaka: Man plunges to death from apartment after police discover marijuana

February 15, 2021 - 05:21
A man plunged to his death from an apartment in Naniwa Ward on Saturday after police arrived and discovered marijuana, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Tokyo Olympics chief Mori to resign over sexist comments

February 11, 2021 - 17:44
Yoshiro Mori on Thursday decided to step down as head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee amid a furor at home and abroad over his recent discriminatory comments about women, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit after Mori's sexist remarks

February 9, 2021 - 16:12
Some 390 Olympic and Paralympic volunteers have decided to give up their roles in the wake of sexist remarks by Tokyo Games organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori, the committee said Monday. (Japan Today)
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The rise of sports betting in Asia

February 9, 2021 - 02:28
The Asian continent has experienced tremendous growth in Sports betting recently. (
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Tokyo Olympic organizers eye special meeting over Mori's remarks

February 9, 2021 - 01:45
The organizing committee of this summer's Tokyo Olympics is planning to arrange an extraordinary meeting of executives, possibly by the end of this week, to discuss its response to sexist remarks made last week by its president that have triggered a backlash in Japan and abroad, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Nishikori exits Australian Open in 1st round

February 9, 2021 - 01:43
Japanese tennis player Nishikori Kei has been defeated in the first round of the Australian Open. (NHK)
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Tennis: Naomi Osaka moves easily into second round of Australian Open

February 8, 2021 - 15:54
Three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka started her 2021 Australian Open campaign in impressive style with an easy 6-1, 6-2 straight-sets victory over Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in their women's singles match on Monday. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo 2020 head apologizes for comments on women

February 4, 2021 - 19:21
After igniting a social media backlash and catching international media attention, the head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee is apologizing for controversial comments. (NHK)
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COVID-19 'playbook' for Tokyo Games unveiled

February 4, 2021 - 02:58
Olympic officials have unveiled anti-coronavirus guidelines to be observed by international sports federations taking part in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (NHK)
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Oldest former yokozuna Tochinoumi dies at 82

January 29, 2021 - 18:52
Tochinoumi, who was the oldest living yokozuna, died Friday from a type of lung infection known as aspiration pneumonia at the age of 82, a Japan Sumo Association official said. (Japan Times)
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