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'Japan nearly slayed the giant' - cheers to tears for despairing fans

Apo - From Tokyo bars to a Buddhist temple, for millions of Japanese football fans the emotions were the same -- pinch-me optimism to crushing disappointment, all in the space of 25 agonising minutes.

Busted flush: Japan fans spark plumbing pinch in World Cup loo dash

Apo - Armchair Japan fans following their team's 2-1 World Cup win over Colombia risked triggering a plumbing disaster of biblical proportions when millions rushed to the toilet at half-time.

IOC helping N. Korean athletes prepare for Olympics

Bejing - The International Olympic Committee is working on a special programme to help North Korean athletes take part in the next two Olympic Games in Japan and China, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

Japan's Olympic golf venue admits first female members

Apo - Japan's golf venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has granted full membership to women for the first time, after lifting a ban under pressure from Games authorities.

Boston marathon winner Kawauchi to quit his day job

Apo - The Japanese high school clerk who sensationally won the Boston Marathon despite having neither a coach nor a sponsor announced Thursday he was packing in his day job and turning pro.

Japan hails school clerk who won Boston Marathon

Apo - Japan on Tuesday hailed local school clerk Yuki Kawauchi, the surprise winner of the Boston Marathon, who called work after his victory to ask for an extra day off to celebrate.

Japanese speed skater in first Pyeongchang Olympics doping case

Pyeongchang - Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito has tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the first doping case of the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.

Japan protests unified Korea Olympic flag with disputed isles

Toukyo - Japan said Monday it had lodged a protest with South Korea over the "unacceptable" use of a unified Korean Olympic flag that features a set of disputed islands.

Sumo champs perform New Year ritual after scandal-hit 2017

Toukyo - Sumo's three grand champions clapped their hands and stamped their feet in a traditional New Year offering to the Shinto gods Tuesday, as the sport seeks to turn the page on a scandal-hit 2017.

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Toukyo - International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region.

Relief for Tokyo as first new 2020 Olympic venue opens

Toukyo - Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics Saturday in a welcome public relations boost for the organisers after a series of setbacks.

Japan launches 'telework' campaign to ease Tokyo 2020 congestion

Toukyo - Japan on Monday launched a national exercise to encourage tens of thousands of commuters to work from home, in a bid to ease rail and road congestion before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and reform the country's workaholic culture.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with spectre of killer quake

Toukyo - For modern Olympic host cities, the twin threats of terrorism and financial ruin constantly loom.But spare a thought for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who face the added risk of a devastating earthquake or tsunami.

Figure skating: Japan's former world champ Asada retires

Toukyo - Japan's former world champion Mao Asada retired from figure skating Monday in a bombshell announcement, citing a lack of motivation after a mystifying slump in form.

Erdogan bitter Turkey has yet to host Olympics

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged he was still rankled by Turkey's failure to win the right to host the Olympic Games, saying it had the ability to hold any sporting event.

Erdogan bitter Turkey has yet to host Olympics

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged he was still rankled by Turkey's failure to win the right to host the Olympic Games, saying it had the ability to hold any sporting event.

Erdogan bitter Turkey has yet to host Olympics

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged he was still rankled by Turkey's failure to win the right to host the Olympic Games, saying it had the ability to hold any sporting event.

Inquiry says $2 million payment fuels Tokyo Olympics suspicions

Paris - French investigators said on Thursday they suspect that $2 million paid to a son of disgraced athletics supremo Lamine Diack was to get support for Tokyo's 2020 Olympics bid.Some 2.8 million Singapore dollars (1.

2020 Tokyo logo plagiarism case set for February

Brussels - The court hearing in the plagiarism case taken by a Belgian graphic designer against the International Olympic Committee over a logo for the Tokyo 2020 Games will take place in Liege next February, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Belgium designer takes IOC to court over Tokyo Olympics logo

Brussels - The Belgian designer of a logo he charges has been plagiarised said Thursday he will take the International Olympic Committee to court over use of the design for the 2020 Tokyo games.

IOC dismisses Tokyo logo dispute

Kuala Lumpur - The International Olympic Committee on Saturday denied there was a legal problem over clashing logos for the Tokyo 2020 Games and one for a Belgian theatre.

Nissan signs UEFA Champions League sponsorship deal

Tokyo - Japanese auto giant Nissan said on Monday it has signed a four-year global sponsorship deal with the UEFA Champions League as it looks to broaden its brand appeal globally.

Hat-trick chasing Czechs whitewash Japan 5-0 in Davis Cup

Tokyo - Reigning Davis Cup champions the Czech Republic powered their way to a 5-0 quarter-final whitewash of Japan after Sunday's reverse singles matches.

Nishikori out of Miami, hands Djokovic final spot

Miami - Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew from the ATP Miami Masters with a left groin injury on Friday, shortly before he was to meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

Nishikori out of Miami, hands Djokovic final spot

Miami - Japan's Kei Nishikori took to Twitter Friday to announce his withdrawal from the ATP Miami Masters, where he had been due to take on Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals."Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today," said Nishikori.

'Japanese Only' banner scandal hits J-League

Tokyo - Japan's professional football league said Monday it was investigating after an apparently racist banner reading "Japanese only" appeared at a weekend match.The large banner, written in English, was hoisted near a gate to the stands of a stadium in the ...

Japan women Olympic team outnumber men for the first time

Tokyo - 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.
 

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