Tennis star Naomi Osaka won a dramatic Australian Open final on Saturday after missing three championship points in the second set. Her two straight grand slam titles ensure that she will rise to the new world number one.
Japan’s three-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s wrestling Saori Yoshida announced her retirement on Tuesday at the age of 36. The 13-time world champion, who also received the People’s Honor Award, has not competed since her loss in the final at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A fourth-grade Japanese girl will debut as the youngest professional player of the Asian board game “Go” when she turns 10 this spring, the Japan Go Association announced on Saturday. The girl, a resident of Osaka, said she wants to win a title while being in junior high school.
A Japanese 5th grader became the youngest world champion at the World Othello Championship in Prague on Friday. On his return flight to Japan, he was unexpectedly congratulated by the pilot, who revealed that he was the previous record holder.
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana submitted his retirement to the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday. He said the association pressured him to admit that the complaint he filed with the Cabinet Office in March was groundless, which prompted him to retire from the sport.
Twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam singles title on Saturday after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the U.S. Open. The match will be remembered for the way Williams clashed with the chair umpire, who issued her multiple penalties for receiving coaching, smashing her racket, and then calling him a “thief.”
The 78-year-old chairman of the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation admitted to his relationship with a former head of a gang for over half a century. He has been accused of improper conduct including forcing referees to fix the outcome of matches.
Soccer fans were split over Japan’s strategy in the game against Poland on Thursday. Its head coach instructed players to pass the ball around towards the end and settle for a 1-0 defeat, knowing it was enough to advance to the knockout stage.
The association of college American football in the capital and the surrounding area on Tuesday decided to expel the former head coach and assistant coach of a university team in Tokyo. The body determined that the two ordered the defensive player to crush the opposing quarterback in a dangerous foul play earlier this month.
An extremely dangerous tackle against a defenseless quarterback has sparked controversy across the nation. The head of the Japan Sports Agency on Monday launched an inquiry into the incident that occurred during an American football game between two universities on May 6th.