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Category: Asia Pacific

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Are NBA stars and coaches hypocrites for not speaking out on China?

A tweet supporting protestors in Hong Kong has caused a rift between China and the NBA. Do social-activist players have a duty to speak out?After years of taking heat for voicing their opinions on political and social issues, NBA players and coaches ha…

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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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‘No regrets’ for professional gamer banned over Hong Kong support

Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai was expelled from Hearthstone eventOrganizers announce one-year suspension and pull prize moneyChinese holding company Tencent owns stake in maker BlizzardA top professional gamer from Hong Kong who was expelled from an intern…

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NBA’s China reaction shows the league is only woke when it doesn’t cost money

The NBA has won plaudits for supporting social issues in the US. But like any other sports league, it is an entertainment vehicle built to maximize profitsThe NBA’s handling of the Daryl Morey controversy over the weekend showed the league is happy to …

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NBA scrambles after China angered by Houston Rockets’ ‘regrettable’ pro-democracy tweet

Daryl Morey sorry for ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ tweetNBA says many Chinese have been ‘deeply offended’ Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has tried to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong ant…

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New Zealanders vent anger at being unable to watch Rugby World Cup

New streaming service receives thousands of complaints as All Blacks kick off campaignNew Zealand v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!Many New Zealanders have expressed anger at not being able to watch the All Blacks’ first match of this year’s…

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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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Shanghai’s ostracised skateboarders – in pictures

Skateboarding will debut in the Tokyo Olympics next year. Despite this, those who are part of a growing scene in Shanghai, China, complain of being labelled troublemakers Continue reading…

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Don Bradman’s Bodyline cricket bat set to give auction payday for New Zealand man

James Sanders snapped up the bat for a few hundred dollars but could pocket $35,000 at an auctionAn unemployed New Zealand man is facing an extraordinary payday after picking up a cricket bat Sir Donald Bradman once owned for a few hundred dollars and …

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South Korea: world championship swimmers injured in fatal balcony collapse

Nightclub balcony falls, killing two South Koreans and injuring athletes from the US, New Zealand, Netherlands, Italy and BrazilTwo South Koreans have died and several others, including athletes attending world aquatic championships, have been injured …

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Manchester City accused of being ‘disrespectful’ by Chinese state media

• Xinhua news agency says tour was ‘commercial obligation’• City played matches in Shanghai and NanjingManchester City have been accused of being “disrespectful” and “arrogant” by China’s state-run press agency after their appearance at the Asia Trophy…

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‘Heals the wound’: New Zealand Netball World Cup final win takes sting out of cricket loss

Jacinda Ardern was among those cheering the Silver Ferns on as they faced the Australian Diamonds in a nail-biting finishWhat a difference a week makes.Seven days ago, New Zealand was in despair, mourning the loss of a Cricket World Cup final that will…

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‘Heals the wound’: New Zealand Netball World Cup final win takes sting out of cricket loss

Jacinda Ardern was among those cheering the Silver Ferns on as they faced the Australian Diamonds in a nail-biting finishWhat a difference a week makes.Seven days ago, New Zealand was in despair, mourning the loss of a Cricket World Cup final that will…

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Thousands of Tokyo commuters told to work from home to avoid Olympic crush

Employees will stay home for two weeks as part of mass trial to take pressure off crowded public transport systemHundreds of thousands of employees in Tokyo will work from home for two weeks as part of a trial of measures designed to reduce congestion …

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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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All Blacks coach criticised for saying domestic violence ‘not a gender thing’

Steve Hansen made the comments after naming Sevu Reece, who admitted to assaulting his partner, in the teamThe All Blacks head coach has been called out for saying that domestic violence is not a gendered issue after he named a player who pleaded guilt…

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Tokyo 2020: U-turn as hotels agree to wheelchair rooms for Paralympics

Promise by Japan that rooms will stay accessible as Paralympics legacy follows Guardian revelation that hotels wanted payment for conversionsThe Japanese government has promised that all hotel rooms that are converted to make them accessible for wheelc…

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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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Rugby World Cup committee warns Japan not to run out of beer

Issue was raised as part of briefing sessions in cities tipped to deal with the largest influx of international visitorsIt’s the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans: organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised fears that bars and restauran…