TOKYO Sapporo was formally approved on Friday as host of the marathon events at next year's Summer Olympics with the reluctant consent of Tokyo's governor, ending a showdown between the Japanese capital and the IOC over where to stage the flagship event. | Video
TOKYO, Oct 30 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it wants Tokyo to understand the reasons why it is switching the 2020 Games marathon to the northern city of Sapporo, a decision that has infuriated the capital's governor Yuriko Koike.
TOKYO Japanese Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara resigned on Friday, following accusations of election law violations just a month after taking up the key post charged with handling a trade dispute with neighbouring South Korea.
TOKYO Rock met kimonos as Tokyo kicked off its fashion week with a dazzling runway show that put a modern twist on the traditional Japanese garment. | Video
TOKYO, Oct 13 Japanese rugby fans erupted in celebration on Sunday after their team advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time with a convincing victory over a determined Scotland.
SAITAMA, Japan The NBA returned to Japan for the first time in 16 years on Tuesday, with pre season action between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors - but it was the league's growing crisis in neighboring China that demanded much of the attention. | Video
TOKYO/BEIJING Chinese state television said on Tuesday it would not air NBA exhibition games played in the country this week, heaping pressure on the U.S. basketball league after a tweet by a Houston Rockets executive backing protests in Hong Kong. | Video
SAITAMA, Japan The NBA returned to Japan for the first time in 16 years on Tuesday, with preseason action between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors - but it was the league's growing crisis in neighbouring China that demanded much of the attention.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda found the pieces magically falling into place for his film, "The Truth", even though he had to revive a long-dormant script, get renowned actress Catherine Deneuve on board and overcome a language barrier to pull it off. | Video
HAMAMATSU, Japan Japan got a lift from their scrum in their shock victory over Pool A favourites Ireland and captain Michael Leitch said his team's 8-on-10 drills in the lead-up had paid off.