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Hakuho reprimanded for hand-clapping cheer

April 24, 2019 - 23:53
The Japan Sumo Association has reprimanded yokozuna grand champion Hakuho for leading an unapproved cheer during his victory interview last month. (NHK)
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Japan sets lottery for coveted Tokyo Olympics tickets

April 19, 2019 - 00:36
Those hoping to watch a tennis match featuring No. 1-ranked Naomi Osaka at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games will likely face long odds in the upcoming ticket lottery. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo Olympics schedule unveiled

April 16, 2019 - 22:31
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has announced a detailed schedule for the 17-day event. (NHK)
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Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

April 16, 2019 - 22:27
For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. (Japan Today)
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Japan Sumo Association lays groundwork for Trump visit

April 13, 2019 - 00:21
The Japan Sumo Association is preparing to host U.S. President Donald Trump at an upcoming tournament after learning he wants to watch a live sumo bout during his visit to Japan at the end of May, a source with the organization said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's 'Miracle' Suzuki takes darts world by storm

April 10, 2019 - 22:17
Described as the Phil Taylor of women's darts, Japan's Mikuru Suzuki already has plans to dominate the sport after becoming the first Asian player to capture a world title. (Japan Today)
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Women's Soccer: Keepers left red-faced in Germany's draw with Japan

April 9, 2019 - 22:42
A comedy of goalkeeping errors, including two howlers from Wolfsburg keeper Almuth Schult, saw Germany labor to a 2-2 draw with Japan on Tuesday in their penultimate friendly before the women's World Cup. (Japan Today)
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Ichiro turns down Japan's prestigious People's Honor Award for 3rd time

April 5, 2019 - 21:54
For the third time, baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has turned down a prestigious Japanese government award handed to stars in sports, entertainment, and culture. (Japan Today)
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Controversial ex-sumo champ Futahaguro dies at 55

March 30, 2019 - 22:14
Controversial former sumo grand champion Futahaguro, who retired in the late 1980s after a rift with his manager, died last month at age 55, Japanese media said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Sumo: Hakuho called on carpet for unapproved cheer leading

March 28, 2019 - 22:35
Yokozuna Hakuho was summoned to explain himself on Thursday after leading an impromptu cheer following his victory at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. (Kyodo)
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Female Go prodigy to become youngest professional

March 26, 2019 - 20:25
A 10-year-old Japanese girl is set to become the youngest professional player of the Asian board game "Go" next month. (NHK)
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Tokyo Paralympic torch unveiled

March 25, 2019 - 22:08
The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games have unveiled the torch that will carry the Paralympic flame. Its motif is a cherry blossom, the same as for the Olympic torch, but the color is more pinkish, which the organizers characterize as "cherry blossom pink." (NHK)
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Hakuho wins 42nd sumo tournament

March 24, 2019 - 22:01
Sumo grand champion Hakuho clinched his 42nd title in the spring tournament in Osaka on Sunday. The Mongolian yokozuna beat another grand champion, Kakuryu, in the final bout. (NHK)
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Baseball star Ichiro announces retirement

March 21, 2019 - 21:57
Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki of the US Major Leagues' Seattle Mariners has announced his retirement. (NHK)
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Baseball: Ichiro impresses in outfield against Giants, will start in MLB opener

March 18, 2019 - 22:04
A rush went through the crowd as Ichiro Suzuki settled underneath the ball Shunta Tanaka hit high into air in the third inning. (Japan Times)
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Motor racing: Honda secures 1st podium since return to F1

March 17, 2019 - 22:29
Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, delivering a first Formula One podium for the team's engine manufacturer Honda since its return to the sport. (Kyodo)
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Train hours to be extended during Tokyo Olympics

March 15, 2019 - 23:07
Trains in and around the Japanese capital will run later into the night during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to allow spectators to get home easily from events. (NHK)
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Olympics: Tokyo Games torch relay to start at J-Village in Fukushima

March 12, 2019 - 21:23
The Japan leg of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start at a soccer facility in Fukushima Prefecture that is considered a symbol of the country's reconstruction from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo Olympic sports pictograms unveiled

March 12, 2019 - 21:18
With 500 days to go until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the organizing committee has unveiled 50 pictograms of the 33 sports being held. (NHK)
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Japan's 2020 team likely to be largest in Olympic history

March 11, 2019 - 18:11
The number of Japanese athletes at next year's Tokyo Olympics is expected to exceed 500 and could conceivably be one of the largest contingents in Olympic history, an informed source said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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