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Japan and Senegal fans tidy up after themselves at World Cup

Japanese fans set trend with their regular habit of clearing up after supporting the Samurai Blue at World CupsJapanese fans further cemented their reputation as one of the politest sets of supporters at World Cups as they were filmed helping to clean …

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Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia

It is difficult to imagine a team making a more calamitous start to a game in this World Cup finals than Colombia did here and, unfortunately for José Pékerman and his players, there was another blow to come on top of being a goal and a man down inside…

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Colombia v Japan: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group H updates from the 1pm BST kick-offDavid Squires on England, VAR and the World Cup so far??????W?????H?????????Any thoughts? You can email Scott Murray 11.04am BST We’ve waited a long time for Group H to come around. Nearly a week! But …

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Makoto Hasebe: slow starter whose diligence paid off with Japan captaincy

Makoto Hasebe’s rise to becoming a stalwart for Japan and in the Bundesliga owes much to the backing of his late grandfather This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisati…

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Japan World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

The sacking of Vahid Halilhodzic two months before the World Cup has left many scratching their heads although Akira Nishino’s appointment suggests a more attacking philosophyThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a coo…

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries preview the tournament

Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018• Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting? Continue reading…

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Japan’s all-time World Cup XI: create your own

With the World Cup coming up we are offering you the chance to select your best-ever Japan side, from 50 legends who have worn the blue shirt Continue reading…

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Yasuhito Endo picks his all-time Japan XI

The former Japan legend, who won 152 caps for his country, selects his best-ever XI and says: ‘This team will not play any long balls’I have decided to base my team on players who have already retired from international football as it would be tough fo…

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Matildas left to rue missed chances after Japan win Asian Cup final with late goal

Japan 1-0 Australia (Yokoyama 84)Elise Kellond-Knight misses penalty for MatildasThe Matildas were left ruing numerous missed chances after losing the Asian Cup final 1-0 to Japan. After dominating for the majority of the match, Australia were left sha…

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani drawing early Babe Ruth comparisons

Japanese import continues to shine as both pitcher and hitterOhtani flirted with perfect game for six-plus innings on SundayJapanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani continued to display Babe Ruth-like brilliance in the early stages of his Major League Baseb…

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Shohei Ohtani: the future of baseball or empty hype?

Baseball’s most intriguing property has been billed as the first two-way star since Babe Ruth, but questions about the Angels’ prized import still outnumber answers as opening day loomsHe is a particular species of baseball flower that’s never been kno…

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First doping case of 2018 Winter Olympics sees Japanese athlete sent home

Kei Saito tests positive for masking agent Speed skater provisionally suspendedJapanese short track speed skater Kei Saito has failed an out-of-competition doping test and been expelled from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Saito, a reserve athlete…

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NBC apologizes after praise for Japan’s ‘example’ angers Koreans

Japan committed human rights abuses during colonial ruleComments came during Winter Olympics opening ceremonyNBC has issued an apology after its Olympic “Asian analyst” Joshua Cooper Ramo praised Japan’s contribution to Korea’s history.The comments wer…

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Big trouble: all of Japan’s sumo wrestlers to be questioned as sport lurches into crisis

External panel will quiz 900 sumo figures after high-profile cases of violence and sexual harassment among membersEvery one of Japan’s sumo wrestlers is to face questioning by outside investigators after a series of incidents tipped the sport into cris…

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Bledisloe Cup Test match to be played in Japan this year

Australia and New Zealand to clash on neutral territoryNissan Stadium in Yokohama to host game three in OctoberThe Wallabies’ hopes of ending their long Bledisloe Cup drought have been boosted with this year’s third Test to be played on neutral territo…

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Japanese kayaker banned eight years for spiking rival’s drink

Yasuhiro Suzuki caused rival to fail doping test last yearBoth men had been competing for a place at the 2020 OlympicsA Japanese kayaker has been banned from competition for eight years for spiking the drink of a rival so that he would fail a doping te…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries

With the draw taking place in Moscow on Friday, here is everything you need to know about the teams, from star players to tactics and the ones to watch Continue reading…

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Brazil easily polish off Japan before lunchtime in Lille

It was the quirkiest of occasions. On a damp and slightly chilly lunchtime in northern France, Brazil started their countdown to the World Cup finals. It is anybody’s guess why the five-times champions kicked off at 1pm in Lille and for long spells the…