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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…

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Charging Paralympians extra for accessible hotel rooms? I expect more from Japan | Anne Wafula Strike

As a Paralympic athlete, I know the Tokyo 2020 Games can be a catalyst for change. But Japan must shift how it treats disabilityThe Paralympic Games cannot, and should not, be expected to resolve every aspect of disability inequality or remove the prac…

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Ichiro Suzuki retires to ovation after sparkling 27-year baseball career

Japanese star plays final MLB game in packed Tokyo Dome45-year-old was a 10-time All-Star and fierce competitorIchiro Suzuki was showered with cheers and chants on Thursday night while taking his final bow in a magnificent career that lasted nearly thr…

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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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Japan v England: SheBelieves Cup – live!

SheBelieves Cup updates from the 10.25pm GMT kick-offSteph Houghton: England can go toe-to-toe with world’s bestAnd you can email Rob here with your thoughts 10.33pm GMT 8 min England have had the better of the game so far, even if it hasn’t quite been…

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Qatar stun Japan with 3-1 win to be crowned Asian Cup champions

World Cup 2022 hosts upset the odds to win major trophyXxxxAlmoez Ali scored a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the tournament to set Qatar on their way to a first Asian Cup triumph with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions …

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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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‘I’m tan, it’s pretty obvious’: Naomi Osaka responds to ‘whitewashing’ in advert – video

Naomi Osaka said she does not think one of her sponsors are guilty of ‘whitewashing’ after the player, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, was depicted with pale skin in an advertisement.Nissin, who featured the US Open champion in an …

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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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Yokozuna, controversies and a ‘Dump Truck’: a sumo history – in pictures

The origins of sumo date back 2,000 years and it was from the 17th century that saw its rise as a spectator sport. However, viewing figures and homegrown participants have declined over the past two decades with the sport also under the spotlight due t…

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Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in JapanWhen Eddie Jones was the coach of Japan he once cancelled a training session and gave everyone the day off. …

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‘Blindsided’ Floyd Mayweather backs out of Nasukawa fight claiming ambush

Boxer says promoter misrepresented scale of December fightMayweather appeared at press conference announcing eventFloyd Mayweather appears to have backed out of a planned New Year’s Eve fight with Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa less than thr…

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‘I can do it all’: Floyd Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa – video

Floyd Mayweather has said he is ready for any challenge as he prepares to fight 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Years Eve in Japan -without being able to specify what format or rules the fight will follow.In a shock move, the Ame…

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Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxing sensation on New Year’s Eve

Boxer set to join Rizin FF, an MMA company based in JapanMayweather, 41, to fight Tenshin Nasukawa on 31 DecemberContracted weight and rules to be decided in coming weeksFloyd Mayweather has revealed that he is aligning with the Rizin Fighting Federati…

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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…

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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…

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‘A new heroine’: Japan celebrates first grand slam winner amid Serena row

Shinzo Abe and Japanese news outlets have lauded Naomi Osaka’s victory at the US Open on SundayWhile the tennis world debated the merits of Serena Williams’ tirade against umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final, Japan heaped praise on its …

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Son Heung-min spared military service as South Korea take Asian Games gold

• South Korea beat Japan 2-1 (aet) in Asian Games final• Tottenham forward is now exempt from 21 months’ serviceTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min secured an exemption from military service – along with his South Korea teammates – when they beat J…

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Rugby World Cup stadium opens as a symbol of ‘hope’ in tsunami-hit Kamaishi

More than 6000 people watched the first match at the new stadium in the Japanese coastal town as it battles to rebuild following the 2011 disasterOn the afternoon of 11 March 2011, Akiko Iwasaki was preparing for another busy evening at her traditional…