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Naomi Osaka ranked No. 2 on Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes

August 7, 2019 - 22:08
Naomi Osaka almost topped the Forbes’ highest-earning female athlete list, slotting in at No. 2 behind fellow tennis star Serena Williams in the annual ranking of the top 10 paid sportswomen. (Japan Times)
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Olympics: Tokyo Games premium tickets to sell for up to 6 mil. yen

August 7, 2019 - 21:57
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games said Wednesday it will sell premium ticket packages including upscale food service and admission to the opening and closing ceremonies, with a top price tag of 6.35 million yen ($60,000). (Kyodo)
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20-year-old Japanese Hinako Shibuno wins Women's British Open

August 4, 2019 - 23:24
Hinako Shibuno, a rookie on Japan's LPGA tour, captured the Women's British Open on Sunday, becoming the second Japanese golfer to win an overseas major event. (Kyodo)
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Rory McIlroy to join Tiger at Japan's first PGA Tour event

July 31, 2019 - 22:28
Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy will join 15-time major-winner Tiger Woods at Japan’s first PGA Tour tournament later this year, organizers announced Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Supplementary lottery for Tokyo Olympic tickets

July 30, 2019 - 21:43
Organizers of next year's Tokyo Olympics say they will hold an additional online ticket lottery for more than four million people who came up empty-handed in the first one. (NHK)
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Japan grapples with putting family or given name first ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

July 28, 2019 - 19:28
With around a year to go until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the age-old question of whether to put family or given name first when writing Japanese names in English has started to garner attention. (Japan Times)
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Busy weekend sets stage for final preparations ahead of Japan's Rugby World Cup

July 27, 2019 - 00:13
Preparations for the Rugby World Cup step up a level this week with 10 of the participating sides playing test matches, as players look to impress coaches ahead of the announcement of the final tournament squads at the end of August. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals unveiled

July 24, 2019 - 23:03
Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have revealed the design for the medals that will be presented to the winners. (NHK)
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Olympics: Tokyo decorated to mark 1 year to go before Games

July 23, 2019 - 21:38
Organizers and official partners of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games ramped up decorations in parts of the city and held events at Haneda airport on Tuesday, one day before Japan starts the one-year countdown to the opening of the games. (Kyodo)
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Olympics: Surfing venue, waves tested ahead of 2020 debut in 1 year

July 22, 2019 - 23:24
The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and International Surfing Association got a hint of what to expect when surfing makes its Olympic debut next year following a successful test at the competition's venue on Tsurigasaki Beach. (Kyodo)
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Mochizuki wins Wimbledon junior boys' title

July 14, 2019 - 22:50
Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam junior boys' title by beating Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final. (Japan Today)
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Higashiosaka ready for 2019 Rugby World Cup

July 13, 2019 - 21:53
With just about two months to go before the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan for the first time, excitement is in the air in Higashiosaka, where the holy land of Japanese rugby -- Hanazono Rugby Stadium -- is located. (Kyodo)
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Best 3D slot games to play

July 11, 2019 - 04:24
3D slot games are the future of online casino. It's come a long way from the old penny slot machines that were available over a century ago. (
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Japan's youngest pro go player, Sumire Nakamura, claims first win

July 8, 2019 - 23:32
Elementary schoolgirl Sumire Nakamura, who in April became the youngest professional go player, has claimed her first career win. (Japan Times)
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Rugby: Japan's World Cup jersey with samurai helmet motif unveiled

July 4, 2019 - 23:11
The Japan Rugby Football Union on Thursday unveiled the national team's jersey for this year's Rugby World Cup, the shirt featuring a samurai helmet motif representing the tradition of Japan's warrior spirit. (Kyodo)
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Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil

July 4, 2019 - 22:58
Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo 2020 'wooden' stadium ready to beat summer heat

July 3, 2019 - 23:09
Japan's new Olympic stadium opened its doors to the media on Wednesday, showing off its nature-inspired design and advanced environmental features as it enters the final phase of construction. (Nikkei)
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Olympic spectators may be allowed to bring own drinks to beat heat

June 27, 2019 - 23:15
Spectators at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games may be allowed to bring their own bottled drinks into event venues, marking a major departure from past security procedures, organizers indicated Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Japanese artists anthropomorphise national flags into samurai characters for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

June 26, 2019 - 23:12
See what your country and national flag look like as a samurai warrior! (
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