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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…

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Japan basketball players kicked out of Asian Games after night with women

Quartet went out in Jakarta following win over QatarDelegation chief issues apology to Japanese peopleFour players from Japan’s men’s basketball team have been sent home in disgrace from the Asian Games in Indonesia for spending the night with women in…

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Keisuke Honda to coach Cambodia national team while playing in A-League

Honda signs two-year contract and won’t receive a salaryMelbourne Victory insist he won’t miss A-League matchesFormer Japan international Keisuke Honda has been named general manager of Cambodia’s national team just a week after signing for Melbourne V…

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

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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The ecstasy and agony of the knockout stages – the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the last-16 of the World Cup in Russia, including some penalty tension and last gasp goalsSee the opening week photos here and the second week here• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Con…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil reign while Sweden still edge England

With all the last-16 ties played we rank the teams who made it to the knockout stages of the World Cup, with Sweden and England rising while Spain plummet nine places to 16thIt looks like Brazil’s World Cup to lose now. They reduced Mexico to huff and …

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Fellaini and Chadli as game-changers? This World Cup is absolute chaos | Nick Miller

Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli play bit-part roles at their clubs but proved their worth with goals to beat JapanHearts sank like lost shoes in a muddy field in Manchester when the news emerged last week. Derision, resignation, bafflement: United …

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Belgium knock Japan out of World Cup with late goal in 3-2 last-16 win

Belgium scored a stunning late goal to secure progress to the World Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory in their last-16 tie against Japan.In four extraordinary minutes Japan rocked the Rostov Arena with goals to Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui just…