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Uruguay rugby players questioned by police over alleged nightclub assault in Japan

The two unnamed players also allegedly punched walls Organising committee says both have expressed regretPolice in Japan have questioned two Uruguay players who allegedly assaulted a nightclub employee hours after the team’s exit from the Rugby World C…

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Rugby World Cup: England game cancelled with decision pending on Scotland as typhoon looms

Final pool game against France called a 0-0 drawDecision on Scotland-Japan game to be made on SundayNew Zealand v Italy also called off England and France will not play in Yokohama on Saturday evening after World Rugby and tournament organisers took th…

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Rugby World Cup: England game cancelled with decision pending on Scotland as typhoon looms

Final pool game against France called a 0-0 drawDecision on Scotland-Japan game to be made on SundayNew Zealand v Italy also called off England and France will not play in Yokohama on Saturday evening after World Rugby and tournament organisers took th…

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Brave Blossoms challenging old ideas of what it means to be Japanese

Japan’s Rugby World Cup side, along with Naomi Osaka, Rui Hachimura and others, show the potential for a more inclusive definition of Japanese identityAmong the many striking images of Japan’s gleaming start to the Rugby World Cup, one in particular sh…

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‘Re-written history’: how Japan reacted to shock win over Ireland

Joy on the front pages and the streets while some speculated that World Cup hosts should now be a Tier 1 rugby nationJapan’s media devoted copious column inches to Japan’s stunning victory over Ireland on Saturday, in a reflection of the outpouring of …

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Japan can only dream of a Shizuoka Shock to match the Brighton Miracle

Four years after World Cup heroics against South Africa, Japan’s players must play the game of their lives to upset IrelandShizuoka is best known as Japan’s biggest producer of green tea. As the Brave Blossoms prepare to take on Ireland at the Pacific …

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Take a bow: Rugby World Cup teams charm Japanese hosts by copying local custom

All Blacks, Ireland and Wales win enthusiastic response from hosts with ‘gesture of respect’ to crowds after their gamesJapan’s rugby players have discovered they can, after all, teach the All Blacks something: how to execute a respectful post-match bo…

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Host Japan rallies to open Rugby World Cup with win over Russia

Brave Blossoms overcome nervous opening to the relief of Japanese fans hoping they reach the knock out stages After an opening ceremony inspired by Japan’s ancient culture, the country’s rugby team briefly risked reverting to their traditional role of …

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Let’s ruck and roll: Japan wakes up to the arrival of rugby giants

The stakes are high for the first Asian host of the Rugby World Cup, both on and off the pitchThe Rugby World Cup megastore in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is doing a brisk business in official merchandise. Wallabies and All Blacks T-shirts have sold out,…

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Let’s ruck and roll: Japan wakes up to the arrival of rugby giants

The stakes are high for the first Asian host of the Rugby World Cup, both on and off the pitchThe Rugby World Cup megastore in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is doing a brisk business in official merchandise. Wallabies and All Blacks T-shirts have sold out,…

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Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link

With body ink associated with yakuza gangsters, New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup stars are happy to hide their artwork The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their de…

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South Korea concerned over food safety at Olympics with events slated for Fukushima

Talks to take place over food provision at Tokyo GamesFukushima to host baseball and softball games next yearSouth Korea is considering making its own arrangements to feed its athletes at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, citing concerns over the safety of f…

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Concerns rise with Tokyo heat after rowers treated at Olympic test event

British athlete among those treated for heatstroke Concerns also raised about wellbeing of spectators Three rowers, including a British competitor, were treated for apparent heat exhaustion and several others appeared to be unsteady on their feet durin…

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Japan tries to please Rugby World Cup fans with rethink on tattooed bather ban

Hot spring resorts consider lifting traditional curbs on displaying body art, which is associated with criminal gangsThousands of hot springs in Japan are rethinking their long-standing ban on tattooed bathers, as the country prepares for the arrival o…

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Trump fetes sumo champ in Japan before grappling with trade

Visit to sumo wrestling’s spiritual home followed by golf and burgers as Abe tries to keep president on sideOn one side of the sumo ring stood a tall, hefty man with an unconventional hairstyle, bowing and smiling as the crowd applauded; opposite Donal…

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Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal

Tsunekazu Takeda denies claims relating to payments to consultancy linked to son of disgraced ex-Olympic officialThe president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has said he will resign amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to…

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Tokyo 2020 organisers cut crowds at sailing events over tsunami risk

Olympic authorities reduce crowd size to make evacuations easier The organisers of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo have decided to cut the number of spectators for the sailing events by a third so they can be quickly evacuated to higher ground in th…

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Naomi Osaka sponsor apologises for ‘whitewashing’ tennis star in ad

Noodle company Nissin says it will ‘pay more attention to diversity issues in the future’One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors has been forced to apologise after depicting the Japanese tennis star, who is half-Haitian, with pale skin in an advertisement.Nissin…

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Call for Tokyo Olympic marathon to start at 5.30am to avoid deaths

Japanese health bodies concerned that 7am start in intense heat may cause fatalitiesThe organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been urged to start the marathon events at 5.30am to avoid the risk of deaths from the intense heat later in the day.The …

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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…