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Olympics: Tokyo governor gives reluctant consent to marathon venue move

01 Nov 2019

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

RPT-UPDATE 1-Olympics-Tokyo, IOC still at loggerheads over marathon move

30 Oct 2019

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.

Japan trade minister resigns amid melon donations scandal

25 Oct 2019

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.

Kimono runway show lights up Tokyo fashion week

15 Oct 2019

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

Rugby-Japan fans jubilant over first trip to knockout stage

13 Oct 2019

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.

China row threatens to upstage league's return to Japan

09 Oct 2019

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

China TV drops NBA exhibition games; league defends free speech

08 Oct 2019

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

China row threatens to upstage league's return to Japan

08 Oct 2019

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.

Japan's Kore-eda says 'The Truth' could only have been made with Deneuve

02 Oct 2019

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

Japan's 8-on-10 scrum practice paid dividends, says Leitch

29 Sep 2019

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.

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