Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike showed an apparent expression of displeasure on Friday over the International Olympic Committee’s abrupt decision to move the marathon and race walking events next year to the northern city of Sapporo in order to avoid the extreme summer heat in the capital.
Japan shocked the rugby world again on Saturday with a stunning come-from-behind victory over No 2-ranked Ireland in the 2019 World Cup. The second straight win in Pool A has given the host nation a strong chance of reaching the knockout stages for the first time ever.
A high school baseball manager created a controversy for resting its ace pitcher in the prefectural final in late July. The school’s failure to reach the prestigious national tournament sparked a debate across Japan on whether a team should put a pitcher’s health ahead of its victory.
Rui Hachimura became the first player from Japan to be selected in the first round draft of the National Basketball Association with the ninth pick by the Washington Wizards in New York on Thursday. His mother is Japanese and his father is from the West African nation of Benin.
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.
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.