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Motor racing: Dominant Toyota finish 1-2 at 24 Hours of Le Mans

June 17, 2019 - 21:28
Toyota drivers Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Buemi claimed their second consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans victory Sunday, but only after some bad luck scuttled their sister car's hopes of a win. (Kyodo)
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Ban on ticket scalping comes into force ahead of Tokyo Olympics

June 15, 2019 - 00:58
A law to prohibit ticket scalping for concerts and sports events came into force Friday ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Today)
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Ticket sales strong 100 days out from Rugby World Cup

June 12, 2019 - 23:05
Organizers have marked 100 days to go before the opening of the Rugby World Cup by saying the challenges of staging the sport's showpiece event in a non-traditional rugby nation have largely been overcome, most particularly with ticket sales. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan

June 11, 2019 - 23:07
Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world. But the chief executive of next year's Tokyo Olympics has reminded potential visitors to the games that the substance is against the law in Japan. (Japan Today)
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Japan's sprinter runs 100 meters in 9.96 seconds

June 6, 2019 - 21:55
Japanese sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown clocked 9.96 seconds with wind assistance of 2.4 meters in the men's 100-meter semifinal at the NCAA championships in Texas. (NHK)
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Shogi genius Habu gets record 1,434th victory

June 4, 2019 - 22:32
Professional shogi player Yoshiharu Habu earned his 1,434th win at a tournament in Tokyo on Tuesday, setting a record for victories in the traditional Japanese board game. (Japan Today)
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Nadeshiko Japan can rule the world again

June 4, 2019 - 09:57
The FIFA Women's World Cup is just days away to kick off in France and the Japanese team will be ready to compete. There they'll make the final adjustments to their plans to lift the trophy for the second time in their history after conquering the world at Germany 2011. (
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How the Japanese esports union is changing esports in Japan

June 3, 2019 - 22:29
Home to companies such as Sony, which makes billions of dollars selling PlayStation consoles, as well as Nintendo, Sega, Capcom and Konami, Japan is famous for being a world leader in gaming. However, when it comes to competitive gaming - esports - the country has lagged behind. (
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Tokyo Olympics bans fans from posting photos of the Games on their social media accounts

June 2, 2019 - 22:29
Your medal-worthy Olympic venue selfies will have to stay within the confines of your phone, say organizers of 2020 Olympics. (
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Rugby: Japan relegated from World Rugby Sevens Series for 2020

June 2, 2019 - 22:14
Japan's run as a core team in rugby sevens' elite world tour came to an abrupt end on Sunday, when the team was relegated for next season. (Kyodo)
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Olympic torch relay route unveiled

June 1, 2019 - 22:18
Japan's Olympic organizing committee has unveiled a tentative torch relay route for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that features cultural and scenic attractions around the country. (NHK)
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Watch Trump present the 'President's Cup' to sumo tournament winner in Japan

May 29, 2019 - 22:02
President Trump presented the "President's Cup" to the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama in Tokyo on May 26. ( Washington Post)
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Tokyo Olympic ticket application deadline extended amid heavy online traffic

May 28, 2019 - 23:01
Japan residents wishing to buy 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games tickets have an additional half a day to apply online after organizers extended the deadline on Tuesday, with the official ticketing website continuing to receive a huge amount of traffic. (Japan Today)
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Asanoyama wins first sumo tournament

May 26, 2019 - 00:54
In sumo, rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama has clinched his first tournament title. (NHK)
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Boxing to be included in Tokyo Olympics

May 22, 2019 - 23:58
The International Olympic Committee says boxing is set to maintain its place in the 2020 Tokyo Games, but that the sport's international association should be excluded from organizing the events due to a number of problems. (NHK)
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Japan's 10-year-old Go professional debuts in international game

May 22, 2019 - 00:44
Japan's youngest professional Go player, 10-year-old Sumire Nakamura, debuted in an international match in Beijing on Tuesday, with her game being closely watched in China. (Kyodo)
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Report reveals alleged labor issues at 2020 Tokyo Olympic building sites

May 17, 2019 - 00:20
A report released by a global union federation has demanded better conditions for laborers working on the construction of Tokyo Games facilities after several "alarming" alleged labor violations were uncovered. (Japan Today)
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Can Kawasaki retain the J-League for a third successive time?

May 14, 2019 - 03:06
In November 2018, Kawasaki were crowned champions of the J-League for the second season running despite losing 2-1 to Cerezo Osaka. Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s last-gasp home defeat to Vegalta Sendai was enough to seal the title for Kawasaki with two games to spare. (
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Hakuho pulls out of Summer Basho with arm injury

May 9, 2019 - 23:35
Yokozuna Hakuho, who was diagnosed with a torn biceps tendon after winning his 42nd title in March, has withdrawn from the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster Miyagino said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Sumo attracts famous politicians seeking public affection, attention

May 9, 2019 - 23:34
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to attend the final day of the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)
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