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Apr 16 Mizuno apologizes for ball defect in pro baseball
Japan's professional baseball league was facing another ball scandal Tuesday as sports equipment giant Mizuno apologized for a defect that turned the nation's top sport into a slugfest. (Japan Today )
Apr 11 Soccer World Cup trophy arrives in Japan
The soccer World Cup trophy has arrived in Japan on an international promotion tour ahead of the start of the games in Brazil in June. (NHK )
Apr 05 IOC coordination team completes Tokyo tour
An advance team for the International Olympic Committee has inspected Tokyo's preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games, and is happy with what they have seen. (NHK )
Mar 29 Kennedy tosses opening pitch in Tokyo
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has opened the Japanese professional baseball season by tossing out the first pitch of the opening game in Tokyo. (NHK )
Mar 28 New Yokozuna Kakuryu practices ring ceremony
Sumo's newly promoted Yokozuna Grand Champion Kakuryu has practiced a ring-entering ritual wearing a new ceremonial rope belt. (NHK )
Mar 25 Kakuryu to be promoted to yokozuna
The Yokozuna Deliberation Council on Monday decided to recommend that ozeki Kakuryu be promoted to yokozuna, a day after he won his first Emperor's Cup in Osaka. (The Japan News )
Mar 24 Kakuryu wins Spring tournament
In sumo, Ozeki champion Kakuryu won the spring tournament on Sunday with 14 wins and one loss. The Japan Sumo Association will hold a meeting of its board of directors to decide if Kakuryu should be promoted to the highest rank of Yokozuna grand champion. (NHK )
Mar 24 Urawa play in empty stadium after racist sign
Urawa Red Diamonds drew 1-1 with Shimizu S-Pulse on Sunday in a game played in an empty stadium as punishment for a racist "Japanese only" banner put up by hardline fans that deeply embarrassed the J-League. (Bangkok Post )
Mar 20 Ex-Ozeki Kotooshu from Bulgaria retires
Former ozeki champion Kotooshu has retired from professional sumo wrestling. Born in Bulgaria, he was the first sumo wrestler from Europe to reach the sport's second-highest rank. (NHK )
Mar 20 Japan football's J-League denies match-fixing
Japan's professional football league has said an internal probe turned up no evidence to support suspicions that a recent match was fixed, as it wrestles with an embarrassing racism scandal. (AFP )
Mar 13 Soccer club penalized for 'discriminatory' banner
Japan's professional soccer governing body has ordered the Urawa Reds club to play a home game without spectators as a penalty for a "Japanese only" banner shown at its stadium last weekend. (NHK )
Mar 13 World Cup 2014: Japan's fringe players have two months to prove their worth
Japan entertained New Zealand last week, racing to a 4-0 lead barely a quarter of an hour into the game, but it was all downhill after that. (telegraph.co.uk )
Mar 11 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League
Japan's professional soccer league said Monday it was investigating after an apparently racist banner reading "Japanese only" appeared at a weekend match. (Japan Today )
Mar 09 Japan wins Paralympic gold
Japan celebrated a medal rush on the first day of the Sochi Paralympics on Saturday, with Akira Kano winning the men's sitting downhill and Takeshi Suzuki finishing third as Kozo Kubo took the bronze in the men's 7.5-kilometer sitting biathlon. (The Japan News )
Feb 25 Curtain falls on Sochi Olympics
After 17 days of hard-fought competition, the curtain fell on the Sochi Olympic Games on Sunday night. (The Japan News )
Feb 24 36,000 runners take part in Tokyo Marathon
About 36,000 runners took part in the 8th Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. (NHK )
Feb 22 Skater Asada wins admiration in China
Japanese figure skater Mao Asada received great acclaim in China on Friday for her impressive free skating performance at the Sochi Olympics in a flurry of online messages and an influential newspaper, despite souring relations between Japan and China. (Jiji Press )
Feb 21 Tokyo 2020 chairman blasts Japan figure skater Mao Asada
If you're the chair of the Olympic Organizing Committee for your country's 2020 summer hosting duties, you ought to refrain from blasting your nation's 2010 women's figure skating silver medalist and two-time World Champion. (cbssports.com )
Feb 15 Hanyu gives Japan 1st Sochi gold on Olympic debut
It was not quite the performance that he had hoped for, but Yuzuru Hanyu delivered Japan's first gold medal of the Sochi Games on Friday, winning the men's figure skating competition on his Olympic debut. (Kyodo )
Feb 14 Hanyu sets world record in men's figure skating
Nineteen-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan impressed in the men's short program on Thursday, while Canada's Patrick Chan remains in contention for the gold medal, as well. (sbnation.com )
Feb 13 Watabe grabs silver in Nordic Combined
Japan's top Nordic combined skier Akito Watabe has won silver in the individual normal hill event at the Sochi Olympics. He is the first Japanese athlete to win a medal in the event since the 1994 Lillehammer Games. (NHK )
Feb 09 Baruto's retirement ceremony held in Kokugikan
A retirement ceremony for former Ozeki Champion Baruto was held in Tokyo's Ryogoku sumo stadium on Saturday. (NHK )
Feb 03 Tennis: Japan, Czech Republic to meet in Davis Cup quarterfinals
Japan won its Davis Cup World Group tie on Sunday, clinching a quarterfinal berth when Frank Dancevic of Canada was forced to retire in the second set of his reverse singles match with Kei Nishikori. (tennis.com )
Jan 31 Team Japan leaves for Sochi Olympics
Japan's national Olympic team has left for the Russian city of Sochi ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the city. (NHK )
Jan 31 Tanaka joins long line of Japanese sensations
This winter's saga surrounding starter Masahiro Tanaka broke new ground on what has become an increasingly well-traveled pathway between the sport known as yakyu in Japan and baseball's pinnacle known as the Major Leagues here in America. (mlb.com )
Jan 30 Wladimir Balentien: Not good feeling
Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien apologized to his fans Wednesday, several days after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges in Florida. (ESPN )
Jan 28 Japan women Olympic team outnumber men for the first time
Women outnumber men for the first time in Japan's Winter Olympic team as the country sends a record number of athletes to Sochi, hoping for its biggest ever medal haul. (AFP )
Jan 28 Balentien arrives in Japan
Professional baseball player Wladimir Balentien is back in Japan after being released on bail by a US state court. (NHK )
Jan 26 Hakuho wins 28th championship
Yokozuna Hakuho won his 28th championship after he beat ozeki Kakuryu in a playoff Sunday on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Today )
Jan 25 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee launched
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games has been inaugurated. (NHK )
Jan 24 2020 hosts Japan set bar high for Sochi
Buoyed by Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan are hoping to turn the Sochi Winter Games into another feelgood affair but they may have set the bar too high. (indiatimes.com )
Jan 23 Japanese pitcher Tanaka signs up for Yankees
The New York Yankees team says it has signed a seven-year contract with ace Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. US media outlets say the contract is worth 155 million dollars. (NHK )
Jan 22 Japanese Major Leaguers Uehara, Tazawa visit Abe
Japanese Major League Baseball pitchers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Jan 21 Sochi Olympics send-off ceremony held in Tokyo
A morale-boosting sendoff ceremony for Japanese athletes has been held in Tokyo ahead of the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. (NHK )
Jan 18 Abe likely to attend Sochi opening ceremony
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to attend the Feb. 7 opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, government sources said Friday. (The Japan News )
Jan 18 Baseball: Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
People don't remember Hideo Nomo by his records. They remember him as a trailblazer. And that's enough to get him into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. (Japan Times )
Jan 17 Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese
Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu has obtained Japanese nationality, it was learned on Thursday.

(Japan Times )
Jan 17 Swallows' Balentien released on bail
Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, who last year broke the Japanese home runs record, was released on bail on Wednesday following his arrest on charges of domestic violence. (Japan Times )
Jan 14 Tennis: Nishikori comes through five-setter in Melbourne
Asian number one Kei Nishikori endured a grueling five-set marathon in the Melbourne heat before taking his place in the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 4-6 6-2 win over Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday. (Reuters )
Jan 14 Japan's homerun king Balentien arrested for domestic violence
Japan's homerun king Wladimir Balentien has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges. (NHK )
Jan 13 Sumo: Kisenosato's promotion bid takes hit with 1st-day loss
Ozeki Kisenosato's second bid at yokozuna promotion crash landed before it even got off the runway after a lopsided defeat on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. (Kyodo )
Jan 09 Japan's sumo elite stomp in the New Year
Japan's top sumo wrestlers paraded into a Tokyo shrine on Wednesday (January 8) to usher in the New Year with a traditional foot-stomping performance. (ntd.tv )
Jan 09 AC Milan presents Japan star Keisuke Honda as new signing
Keisuke Honda always knew he'd be playing in the Serie A and wearing a No. 10 shirt. The Japan forward was presented on Wednesday as an AC Milan player after signing a 3 1/2-year contract on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow. (Sports Illustrated )
Jan 07 Japan boxer dies after knockout in debut match
A 21-year-old Japanese boxer died in a Tokyo hospital on Monday, 17 days after he was knocked out during his professional debut, the Japan Boxing Commission said. (The West)
Dec 30 1964 Olympic cauldron to be preserved at new stadium
The Olympic cauldron, which was used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will be preserved at the new national stadium to be built for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, together with a plate bearing the names of gold medalists at the Games, the sports ministry has said. (Yomiuri )
Dec 25 Baseball: Rakuten to allow Tanaka to join Major Leagues
Japanese professional baseball team Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles has announced that it will allow its ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to try to join the US Major Leagues. (NHK )
Dec 18 New posting system for Japanese baseball players
The professional baseball leagues of the United States and Japan have agreed on a new system that will allow Japanese players who are not free agents to negotiate contracts with Major League clubs. (NHK )
Dec 17 Japan's women curlers seal final qualification spot at Sochi 2014
Japan secured the final available spot in the women's tournament for Sochi 2014 following victory over Norway in the second play-off game at the World Curling Federation's (WCF) Olympic Qualification event in Füessen. (insidethegames.biz )
Dec 12 Japanese Olympic judo champion loses rape appeal
Japanese double Olympic judo gold medallist Masato Uchishiba lost an appeal on Wednesday against a five-year jail sentence for raping a teenage student. (AFP )
Dec 09 Koji Oishi retains featherweight title with 3rd round KO
Japan’s Koji Oishi retained his mixed martial arts featherweight belt on Friday with a third-round knock out of Honorio Banario in the main event at the ONE FC (Fighting Championship) “Moment of Truth” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Tokyo Reporter)
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