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Fans return to baseball in Kobe but day ends in disappointment

10 Jul 2020

KOBE A day that began with joy at a return to something resembling normality ended in disappointment for baseball teams the Yomiuri Giants and Yakult Swallows who saw the first game of the season with fans allowed in washed out and postponed on Friday.

Tokyo 2020 expects to secure all venues for Games - local media

09 Jul 2020

TOKYO Tokyo Olympics organisers expect to be able to use all the venues as originally planned at next year's rearranged Games, several Japanese media outlets reported on Thursday.

Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game

08 Jul 2020

TOKYO With their stadium devoid of fans due to coronavirus restrictions, Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have come up with an imaginative replacement: dancing robots. | Video

World Rugby lauds economic success of Japan World Cup

24 Jun 2020

TOKYO The Rugby World Cup held in Japan last year was the most economically successful World Cup to date, attracting some 242,000 international visitors and adding £2.3 billion to the country's GDP, a report said on Wednesday.

Japanese baseball fan enters empty stadium via robot

23 Jun 2020

TOKYO One lucky baseball fan was taken inside the otherwise empty Tokyo Dome for Yomiuri Giants' win on Tuesday via a monitor mounted on a robot she controlled from home.

Japan withdrawing 2023 Women's World Cup bid

22 Jun 2020

TOKYO The Japanese Football Association announced on Monday that Japan is withdrawing its bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, just days before football's world governing body holds a vote to determine the successful candidate.

Japanese baseball begins in eerie silence

19 Jun 2020

TOKYO Opening Day at the 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome, home of Japan’s most successful and popular baseball team the Yomiuri Giants, is usually a raucous, festive affair but this year the season began on Friday in almost total silence.

As many as 80% of venues secured for next year's Games - Tokyo 2020

12 Jun 2020

TOKYO Tokyo 2020 organisers announced on Friday that 80% of the venues required to run a successful Olympics have been secured ahead of next year's rearranged Games.

Tokyo Games will not be done with splendour, but will be simplified, says CEO Muto

10 Jun 2020

TOKYO Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said on Wednesday that the rearranged Olympics will "not be done with grand splendour", but will be simplified. | Video

Osaka in no mood to back down on support for Black Lives Matter

10 Jun 2020

TOKYO Naomi Osaka, the world's highest paid sportswoman, says the voices of prominent athletes can be more influential than those of politicians and is determined that hers will be heard on the subject of racial injustice.

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