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Japan's Kamiji wins wheelchair tennis French Open

11 June 2017

Japanese wheelchair tennis player Yui Kamiji has won the women's singles title of the French Open, which is one of the 4 major tournaments in the sport.


Japan's table tennis pair wins world title

4 June 2017

A Japanese pair has won gold in mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis Championships in Germany.


Sato becomes first Japanese to win Indy 500

29 May 2017

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 when the former Formula One driver denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory in the closing laps.


WBA orders rematch of middleweight title fight

25 May 2017

The World Boxing Association has ordered a rematch of a middleweight world title fight between Japan's Ryota Murata and France's interim champion Hassan N'Dam.



Japan coach Joseph comments on Rugby World Cup

11 May 2017

Japan's rugby team head coach Jamie Joseph says it has become clear how to prepare his team for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


All Japan Judo Championships to welcome first female referee onto the mat

25 April 2017

For the first time, a female referee will be on the mat at the All Japan Judo Championships on April 29.


Japan to launch project to find talented athletes

18 April 2017

Japan plans to launch a project aimed at finding talented young athletes to win medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Swimming: Ikee 1st woman to win 5 titles at nationals, Hagino tops 200 backstroke

17 April 2017

Rikako Ikee became the first woman to win five titles at the national swimming championships.


Gymnastics: Uchimura completes dominant decade at nationals

10 April 2017

With a landmark win, Kohei Uchimura earned his 10th straight national individual all-around championship.


Curling: Japan men's team secures 2018 Olympic berth

7 April 2017

The Japanese men's curling team qualified for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics after a combined top-seven finish.


Japan's superfans travel far for figure skating heroes

3 April 2017

In Finland, stands were full of the Japanese flags, cheers, and companies supporting Hanyu Yuzuru at this year's world figure skating championships.


Figure Skating: Flawless Medvedeva leads worlds after women's short program

30 March 2017

Japan's Wakaba Higuchi came in 9th place, Rika Hongo 12th, and Mai Mihara in 15th place at the World Figure Skating Championships in Finland.


New Yokozuna Kisenosato wins Emperor's Cup

27 March 2017

Newly-prmoted Yokozuna Kisenosato won his second Emperor's Cup in a row.


Soccer: Kubo stars as Japan beat UAE in World Cup qualifier

24 March 2017

Japan beat United Arab Emirates 2-0 away in a final-round World Cup qualifier.


Soccer: Hasebe pulls out of Japan squad ahead of World cup q'fiers

21 March 2017

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will fly home to do further tests on his right knee injury, which forced him to withdraw from the national team's upcoming final round in the World Cup qualifiers.


Sumo: Yokozuna Hakuho pulls out of Spring basho

16 March 2017

Mongolian grand champion, Hakuho, pulled out of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament due to an injury.


Baseball: Japan holds off Netherlands in WBC 2nd round 11-inning thriller

13 March 2017

Japan beat Netherlands 8-6 after 11 innings on their first second-round Pool E World Baseball Classic game at Tokyo Dome.


Skiing: Horishima wins dual moguls for double gold at worlds

10 March 2017

Japan's Ikuma Horishima won the men's dual moguls at the world freestyle ski championships.


Baseball: Nakata, Tsutsugo go deep as Japan beats Australia

9 March 2017

Japan's Sho Nakata and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo homered to lift Japan over Australia, winning 4-1 in Pool B of the World Baseball Classic.


Olympics: 2020 organizers unlikely to take public input on mascot name

7 March 2017

Offical mascot's name will not be taken from the general public for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.


Swimming: 16-year-old Ikee wins 50, 200 meter freestyles in France

6 March 2017

Japan's Rikako Ikee won the 50 and 200 meter freestyles at an international meet in France on Saturday.


Boxing: Japan's Yamanaka beats Carlson in 12th world title defense

3 March 2017

Shinsuke Yamanaka defeated Carlos Carlson on a technical knockout, defending his WBC bantamweight champion belt.


Golf: Matsuyama up to 4th in world rankings, equals Japanese high

28 February 2017

Hideki Matsuyama moved up to fourth place in the world golf rankings, marking the highest ever position by a Japanese male.


Speed Skating: Kodaira wins overall title at worlds

27 February 2017

Nao Kodaira won the overall title at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, making her the first Japanese woman to achieve this title.


Asian Games: Kobayashi wins gold in women's 10-km free cross-country

21 February 2017

Yuki Kobayashi won gold at the Asian Winter Games in the women's 10-km free in cross-country skiing.


Figure skating: Mihara 4th after women's SP at Four Continents

20 February 2017

At the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Japan's Mai Mihara placed fourth with a largely error-free performance.


Ski jumping: Takanashi nets 4th overall World Cup title, misses career wins mark

16 February 2017

Japan's Sara Takanashi won her fourth overall ski jumping World Cup title.


Ice hockey: 'Smile Japan' punch ticket to Pyeongchang Olympics

13 February 2017

The Japanese women's ice hockey team qualified for the Pyeongchang Olympics with a 3-1 victory over Germany.


Tanaka starting pre-spring training work in Florida

7 February 2017

Masahiro Tanaka began his pre-spring training workouts in Florida with the New York Yankees' minor league.


Japanese dancers win prizes at prestigious Swiss ballet competition

6 February 2017

Japanese nationals take 3rd and 4th prize at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition.


Olympics: Tokyo Organizers appeal to embattled golf venue over reform

3 February 2017

Tokyo Olympic organizers appealed to the 2020 games golf venue over gender equality.


Golf: Matsuyama reaches career-high 5th in world rankings

31 January 2017

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama reached a career-high fifth in the world golf rankings.


Swimming: Watanabe, 19, sets world record in men's 200 breaststroke

30 January 2017

At 19 years old, Ippei Watanabe broke the men's 200-meter breaststroke world record at the Kosuke Kitajima Cup.


Olympics: Mori eyes 2020 opening gala panel, torch relay in 47 prefs.

27 January 2017

Yoshiro Mori, head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing comittee, said the concept of the opening cermony will be set up shortly.


Over 100 mil. yen from Tokyo budget set aside for Olympic volunteer leave

26 January 2017

More than 100 million yen was added to the budget for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to encourage volunteers.


Veteran athletes eager to add to past glory at 2020 Tokyo Games

25 January 2017

Competing at the Olympics or Paralympics is the ultimate goal for many athletes. For a new generation of Japanese athletes, the 2020 Tokyo Games offer the added incentive of achieving their objective on home soil.


Yamanaka to face Mexican Carlson in 12th defense of title

24 January 2017

WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanka will square off against Carlos Carlson at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.


Sumo: New Year champ Kisenosato beats Hakuho, set for yokozuna

23 January 2017

On the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, Ozeki Kisenosato defeated grand champion Hakuho.


Osaka knocked out of Australian Open

19 January 2017

Naomi Osaka knocked out of the Australian Open after a straight-sets defeat to Britain's Johanna Konta.


Baseball: Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

16 January 2017

Humbled baseball catcher Tsutomu Ito and pitchers Senichi Hoshino and Masaji Hiramatsu were inducted into Japan's Baseball Hall of Fame.


Olympics: Abe, Koike affirm 'all-Japan' approach to Olympics

10 January 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike have agreed to work together to ensure the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, eschewing for new talks on how the financial burden should be shared.


Soccer star Kazu renews contract before turning 50

10 January 2017

One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 49-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his contract with second-division J-League club Yokohama FC.


Ex-coach Jones: Japan needs to nurture young rugby talent

28 December 2017

In an interview with The Asahi Shimbun, Jones looks back over the past 12 months as head coach of the England team and speaks about what Japan needs to do in 2017 to keep improving and recapture the popularity it achieved following the 2015 World Cup.


4-way talks to decide Olympic volleyball venue

8 December 2016

Leaders of 4 groups discussing venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are expected to resume talks this month to decide on a location for volleyball.


Tokyo organizers promise cost-cutting for 2020 Olympics

1 December 2016

Hoping to avoid last-minute financial pressures, Japanese officials said Wednesday they are determined to keep total costs of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games below 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) after a three-day debriefing from organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Games.


Tokyo Games venues may be decided on Tuesday

28 November 2016

Some pending competition venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are expected to be decided on Tuesday.


Fencing: Ota elected to board of sport's governing body

28 November 2016

MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- The International Fencing Federation elected Japanese world champion and double Olympic medalist Yuki Ota as a member of its executive board Sunday.


Students gain journalistic experience from Olympic cultural program

27 November 2016

Junior high and high school students took part in a cultural program linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Sunday to gain experience in journalism.


Two Japanese awarded prestigious Olympic Order

24 November 2016

The International Olympic Committee has awarded former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi and 1964 Tokyo Olympic women’s team gymnastics bronze medalist Kiyoko Ono the Olympic Order.


Battling Japan go down to Wales on back of last-gasp drop goal

22 November 2016

Despite missing a plethora of players through injury and self-imposed exile, the Brave Blossoms pushed Wales all the way before a last-gasp drop goal from Sam Davies saw the hosts win 33-30 in front of 73,969 at the Principality Stadium.


Tokyo 2020 organizers plan to hire at least 90,000 Olympic volunteers

19 November 2016

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Nov. 18 released a "strategic plan" to hire at least 90,000 Olympic and Paralympic volunteers for the 2020 Games.


Canceling construction of Tokyo 2020 canoe venue would cost 10 billion yen: official

19 November 2016

Canceling construction of the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay as the Olympic canoe and boat course would cost some 10 billion yen, it was disclosed at a Nov. 18 meeting of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly's Olympic and Paralympic Games committee.


British hobnob dunker, Simon Berry, smashes World Record with 73.41 metre bungee dunk 

17 November 2016

The 12th annual Guinness World Records Day was celebrated all over the globe this week with upwards of 600,000 people hoping to secure their place in the history books. In Berkshire, UK, Simon Berry and Experience Days marked the day in a quintessentially British fashion by enjoying a nice cup of tea and a biscuit via a bungee jump.


Seto triumphs in 400-meter individual medley at Asian championships

18 November 2016

Rio Olympic bronze medalist Daiya Seto won the men’s 400-meter individual medley at the Asian swimming championships Thursday, while countrywoman Rikako Ikee renewed her own national record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle.


Exhibitions shine light on Samurai Japan’s deficiencies

15 November 2016

Samurai Japan wrapped up its series of exhibition games on Sunday at Tokyo Dome, finishing with a 3-1 record against Mexico (1-1) and the Netherlands.


Rugby: Japan flyer Ohata to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

15 November 2016

LONDON (Kyodo) -- Former Japan international Daisuke Ohata will be inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame this week


Koike: Tokyo may offer multiple venue proposals

26 October 2016

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan government may present multiple plan-change proposals for 3 Olympic venues.


Tokyo, intl. swimming body discuss Olympic venue

25 October 2016

The international governing body of swimming, FINA, has called on the Tokyo governor to keep the current plan to build a new facility as the swimming venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Two Japanese awarded prestigious Olympic Order

25 October 2016

The International Olympic Committee has awarded former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi and 1964 Tokyo Olympic women’s team gymnastics bronze medalist Kiyoko Ono the Olympic Order, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced Thursday.


Ex-Japanese rugby star Seiji Hirao dies

21 October 2016

A Japanese rugby star in the 1980s and 1990s and former head coach of Japan's national team has died. Seiji Hirao was 53.




Koike, IOC chief agree to cooperate on cutting cost of Olympics

18 October 2016

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike agreed Tuesday to cooperate to reduce the cost of hosting the 2020 Olympics in their first meeting since Koike took office.


Tokyo Gov. Koike to meet IOC president over Olympic facility review

10 October 2016

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is considering meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in Tokyo on Oct. 18.


800,000 pack Ginza to cheer Rio Olympians, Paralympians

7th October 2016

Close to a million people lined the streets of central Tokyo on Oct. 7 to give superstar treatment to the Japanese athletes who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics.


Cool Runnings: Japanese manufacturers unveil bobsled for Jamaican team

5th October 2016

A group of small factories based in Tokyo's Ota Ward, a factory belt, unveiled an original bobsled to be used by the Jamaican team, the first made-in-Japan sled to be employed by a national team.


17-year-old Hataoka 1st amateur to win Japan Women's Open

2nd October 2016

Seventeen-year-old Nasa Hataoka rallied from a four-stroke deficit to win the Japan Women’s Open on Sunday in Nasu-Karasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture, becoming the first amateur golfer to win a Japanese major.


The BCCJ Welcomes David Beckham to Japan

30th September 2016

On the evening of September 28th, 2016, the BCCJ team and children from the British School in Tokyo (BST) gathered at Narita Airport with great anticipation to welcome UK football legend David Beckham to Japan!


Panel to propose review of 3 venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

28th September 2016

A panel tasked by the Tokyo metropolitan government with reviewing the costs for hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plans to propose that the construction of three venues should be reconsidered, and existing facilities possibly used, a senior Tokyo government official said Tuesday.


Olympic medalists to get October parade in Tokyo

27th September 2016

Japanese medalists from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics will parade through central Tokyo on Oct. 7 over a 2.5-km course from the Ginza area to the Nihombashi district.


Victorious Goeido ends basho with 15-0 record

25th September 2016

Goeido became the first kadoban ozeki in sumo history to win the Emperor’s Cup with a perfect record after outclassing Kotoshogiku on the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.


Japan sees 1st Paralympics with zero gold

20th September 2016

The final day of competition in Rio on Sunday marked a humiliating moment for Japan, as the country finished its first Paralympics without a gold medal.


Alistair Brownlee (GB) gives up chance to win triathlon and helps brother over line

19th September 2016

A dazed Jonny Brownlee was helped over the line by his brother Alistair, who shunned the chance to win the race to come to the aid of his younger sibling in a dramatic end to the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico.


Rio Paralympics 2016: GB seal second place in table with 147 medals and 64 golds

18th September 2016

Great Britain closed the Rio Paralympics with 64 gold medals, the most by a British team since 1988.


Paralympics: Kunieda-Saida pair wins wheelchair tennis bronze

16th September 2016

Japanese wheelchair tennis pair Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida clinched bronze in the men's doubles at the Rio Paralympics on Thursday, defeating another Japanese pair, Takuya Miki and Takashi Sanada, 6-3, 6-4.


Paralympics 2016: Libby Clegg seals sprint double as GB win six more golds

14th September 2016

Libby Clegg made it a sprint double as Great Britain claimed three golds in the space of 30 minutes on the evening of day six at the Rio Paralympics.


Paralympics: Relief for Japan as boccia team secure at least silver

13th September 2016

Japan's only good news on a medal-less day at the Rio Paralympics was the boccia squad guaranteeing at least a silver medal as the mixed team beat Portugal 8-5 in the BC1-2 semifinal on Sunday.


Hirose battles to bronze in Paralympic debut

12th September 2016

Junko Hirose, 25, became the first Japanese female athlete to win a medal in women’s judo at the Paralympic Games, earning a bronze by winning the third-place match on Friday in the 57-kilogram class of the event for the visually impaired in Rio de Janeiro.


Paralympian determined to clean up sports' tarnished image in Rio

12th September 2016

Wheelchair basketball player Reo Fujimoto, who is competing in the Rio Paralympics as the captain of the Japanese delegation, is determined not only to lead his fellow Japanese Paralympians in the quadrennial event but also to dispel the negative image attached to sports because of a series of scandals involving international organizations.


Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

8th September 2016

Being blind is nobody’s choice, but for Japanese swimmer Keiichi Kimura the decision to break into the world of competitive swimming — and go one further by aiming for gold at the Paralympics — was entirely his.


Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Begin!

7th September 2016

Get ready for the intense excitement of 23 Paralympic sports! 528 events over the course of 11 days of competition will yield 225 medals for women, 265 for men and 38 mixed medals. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games begin today!


World Rugby appoints RWC 2019 General Manager

7th September 2016

With just over three years to go before Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, World Rugby has appointed Rob Abernethy as RWC 2019 General Manager.


Japan blanks Thailand 2-0 to log first win in final World Cup qualifier

7th September 2016

Japan got its World Cup qualifying final-round campaign up and running by beating Thailand 2-0 in Bangkok on Tuesday night for its first win in Asian zone Group B.


Jones Reveals how to Create a Winning Team

6th September 2016

To create a winning team, three things are necessary — talent, making that talent cohesive, and then luck. So said Eddie Jones, rugby coach for the England national team and formerly the Japan national team, when he spoke to the Yomiuri International Economic Society (YIES) in Tokyo


20% of Japanese Paralympic athletes have faced restrictions on facility use: poll

6th September 2016

Some 20 percent of Japan's Paralympic athletes have in the past been prevented from using sports facilities or have had conditions imposed on them because of their disabilities, a survey made public by the Paralympians Association of Japan has shown.


Oldest Japanese Paralympian practices in Rio

5th September 2016

As Japanese athletes gear up for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest member of the team is honing her skills in front of the public.


Japan investigators say no bribery in Tokyo Olympic payment

1st September 2016 

An investigation into a payment made during Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics has found no evidence of bribery.
Japanese officials have been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with a 2.8m Singapore dollar payment (£1.55m; $2.05m) made to a consultancy firm.


Uehara sinks two holes in one at Canadian Women’s Open

29th August 2016 Ayako Uehara became the fourth golfer in U.S. LPGA tour history to score two holes in one in a single tournament when she aced the par-3 No. 8 at the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open


UK Driving Innovation in Sport and Business in Japan

26th August 2016 British engineering could be the key to the British team's success in November when Great Britain, New Zealand, Sweden, France and Japan are battling it out to take the title from the US.


Japan may use e-waste for 2020 medals

23rd August 2016 Japan is exploring the feasibility of forging the Olympic 2020 medals using precious metals salvaged from electronic waste.


Team GB - Greatest Ever Olympic Performance

22nd August 2016
Britain will leave the Rio Olympics with 67 medals, and will feature in the top two most successful nations for the first time in more than 100 years.


Japan's gold medal rush in women's wrestling

18th August 2016 On the 13th day of the Rio Olympics, Japan won 3 gold medals in women's wrestling.


Harumafuji captures title at Nagoya Bay

27th July, 2016 Wrestler Harumafuji defeated his fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and his eighth career championship


Japanese schoolgirl swimmer set to melt hearts in Rio

25th July, 2016 Rikako Ikee, who melted the hearts of a nation when she burst into tears on qualifying for the Olympics, is set to make a big splash in Rio.


IOC decides against full ban on Russian athletes

25th July, 2016 The IOC will leave the decision to ban Russian athletes to each sport's federation. 


Japan Olympic chief seeks 2020 lift-off in Rio

20th July, 2016 Japan will bank on “mental toughness” to win a best-ever medal haul at the Rio Olympics as they look to build a solid platform for the 2020 Tokyo Games.


Japan to dispatch 331 athletes to Rio

20th July, 2016 The Japanese Olympic committee announced that it will send a total of 331 athletes to the Rio 2016 Games, 167 men and 164 women.


BETTING LIFE ON SWORD: Basketball standout gets fresh start at 38 with fencing

19th July, 2016 Naoki Yasu is continuing to fight from his wheelchair. The 38-year-old used to be one of the top players in Japan in wheelchair basketball. Now, he is engaged in wheelchair fencing and has been chosen for a program to strengthen the representative athletes of Japan.


Japan unveils golden rugby ball to celebrate win over Springboks

14th July, 2016 A pure gold rugby ball, made in honor of Japan’s shock win over South Africa at last year’s rugby World Cup, went on sale in Tokyo on Wednesday for 38 million yen



British cyclists take over Tour de France during 1st week

12th July, 2016 It’s not exaggerating to say that British riders have taken over the Tour this summer. They have won five out of nine stages so far, and can reasonably hope for a second 1-2 in the space of four years on the Champs-Elysees.


Kisenosato triumphs on opening day at Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

11th July, 2016 Wrestler Ozeki Kisenosato began his campaign for promotion into yokozuna by a clear vistory over Mitakeumi during the first day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. 


Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

7th July, 2016 The Japanese Olympic and Paralympic team could make a leap in medals won partly because the possible ban on Russian athletes.


Doi dreaming of winning Rio medal for Japan

6th July, 2016 Doi became the first Japanese woman to reach the last 16 of any of the four majors since Ai Sugiyama made the Wimbledon fourth round in 2006.


Triathlete Sato toughens her mind for Rio

6th July, 2016 Olympic triathlete Yuka Sato talks about training body and mind in preparation for Rio, Tokyo


Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Takuma Asano

5th July, 2016 Arsenal has struck a deal to sign Japan forward Takuma Asano from J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.


Ex-Japan rugby boss Eddie Jones still has real love for the game

5th July, 2016 Just one month before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby Sevens will make its Olympic debut in Rio. Rugby Union England coach Eddie Jones talks about the Olympic Games and his playing career.


Japanese Olympic captain and flagbearer officially named

4th July, 2016 Three times Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida became the first female Olympic captain, decathlete champion Keisuke Ushiro to be flagbearer. 

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Ahead of 2020 Olympics, Japan to get kids with disabilities more involved in sports 

30th June, 2016 Sources said Monday the ministry is considering bringing Olympians and Paralympians into special-needs schools to meet and chat with students.

772nd-ranked teacher passes 1st-round test

29th June, 2016 Tennis teacher and 772nd ATP ranked tennis player Marcus Willis has passed to the second round of Wimbledon, where he will face 3rd ranked Roger Federer.  


Tokyo Olympics official goodies hit store shelves nationwide

23rd June, 2016 The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled its original merchandise designed with new Olympic emblems on June 22.


Fukushima breaks 200-meter national record to complete sprint double

27th June, 2016 Japanese women's sprint star Chisato Fukushima, set a new national record for the 200m race as she won both 100m and 200m races at nationals in preparation for Rio.


Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

23rd June, 2016 Japanese men's basketball head coach has revealed his final 12-men roster for the final qualifier for the Rio Olympics early next month in Belgrade.


Icho strikes gold at Poland tourney

22nd June, 2016 Japanese ten times wrestling world champion and three times Olympic gold medallist Kaori Icho, is on her way to defend her gold at Rio after win in wrestling championship in Poland


Model for Tokyo Olympics 2020 main stadium complete

18th June, 2016 The model is based on a government-approved design by architect Kengo Kuma and was made by a joint group engaged in the stadium project.

The model is based on a government-approved design by architect Kengo Kuma and was made by a joint group engaged in the stadium project including Taisei Corporation. - See more at:

Murfushi relaxed and heading to nationals

20th June, 2016 Iconic Japanese track and field athlete and gold medalist in the 2004 Olympics Kojo Murofushi, is making a comeback at nationals.


Maruyama aims to steer wheelchair tennis superstar Kunieda to greater hights

17th June, 2016 World No.1 ranked and two time gold medallist wheelchair tennis player Shingo Kunieda and his coach get ready to defend gold at Rio 2016.


Japan to face Georgia, Wales and Fiji in November rugby tests

16th June, 2016 Japan’s rugby team will begin their northern hemisphere tour against Georgia in Tbilisi on Nov 12, before facing Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff a week later


Native son Shodai encourages kids in quake-hit Kumamoto

15th June, 2016 Sumo wrestler Shodai and his Sakaigawa stable donate 4.6 million yen for relief efforts at the quake-struck prefecture


Tsukada wins first major title, earns spot in British Open

7th June, 2016 Golfer Yosuke Tsukada wins his first major title since turning pro in 2008, earns spot in British open along with fellow Japanese national Yuta Ikeda


Olympic addition of baseball more likely

2nd June, 2016 A proposal to add a total of 18 events in five sports as a package for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


Toshiba Brave Thunders become champions of the NBL

6th June, 2016 The brave Thunders become the last champions of the National Basketball League before its merger with the bj-League to form the B.League next season


Fukuoka to host America's Cup World Series November 18-20

3rd June, 2016 Fukuoka will host the prestigious America's Cup, the oldest sailing and sporting trophy, and it will be the first time the competition is hosted in Asia. 


Paralympics tennis champ spins around globe to hit top

2nd June, 2016 As a professional wheelchair tennis player, Kamiji switches gear completely when she moves from the wheelchair she uses in daily life to the one that has helped her become one of the best women's players in the world.


Hirai sowed seeds for running career at Kyoto

1st June, 2016 Kyoto University graduate Kentaro Hirai hopes to make Japan's national men's marathon team. 


TMG starts Tokyo2020 business opportunity portal for SMEs in April 2016

April, 2016 Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will launch a portal for SMEs with business opportunities related to Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Tennis: Nishikori falls to Gasquet in French Open fourth round 

30th May, 2016 Kei Nishikori was bundled out of the French Open fourth round on Sunday, losing to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in a rain-hit four setter (6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2) at Roland Garros.


2 for 1: Judo couple makes Rio Paralympics 

25th May, 2016 Husband and wife, Haruka and Junko Hirose, will both be heading to Rio as members of Japan’s visually impaired judo team after both earned berths at the domestic Paralympics qualifying tournament.



Sato craves Indy 500 win to help heal Japan

25th May, 2016 Japanese racecar driver seeks victory in prestigious race in honour of those affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


2019 Rugby World Cup to boost Japan's economy

24th May, 2016 Japanese analysts estimate the 2019 Rugby World Cup will boost Japan's economy by more than 2 billion dollars.



Japan women's volleyball team clinches one of four spots to the Rio Games.

22nd May, 2016 Next stop Rio!


Leicester City wins Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.

2nd May, 2016 Leicester started the campaign as 5000-1 outsiders for the title after almost been relegated last season.


Brave Blossoms announce 43-man provisional squad for June tests.

10th May, 2016 Japan interim coach Mark Hammett name extended squad ahead of the June tests against Canada and Scotland.


Scotland at full strength for Japan rugby tour

10th May, 2016. Scotland will be at full strength for its two-test rugby tour of Japan next month because it cannot afford to rest players.


Japan unveils Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos

25th April, 2016. Japans Olympic organisers have unveiled the new official logos of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Japanese Paralympic Committee Consults University of Worcester to Help Create Legacy for Tokyo 2020 Games

19th April, 2016. Amid worldwide preparations for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio in September, officials from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic organising committee met with the UK’s University of Worcester this week to plan a legacy for their Games.


No-one had heard of Leicester City in Japan last year, now everyone has

17th April, 2016. Japanese star Shinji Okazaki admits nobody in his homeland knew who Leicester City were last summer, but now they are a firm favourite in the Far East.


Athens Olympic marathon champion Noguchi retires

16th April, 2016. Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi announced her retirement on Friday.


Soccer: Japan in tough Olympic group with Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia

15th April, 2016. This week Japan were drawn with Sweden, Nigeria and Colombia in Group B for the men's Olympic football tournament 


Swimming: Kitajima announces retirement, looks forward to Tokyo Olympics

10th April, 2016. Two days after finishing fifth in the 200 to miss out on a fifth trip to the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, the 33-year-old Kitajima put an official end to a remarkable career.


Tokyo 2020: Four Shortlisted Olympics and Paralympics Emblems Unveiled

8th April, 2016. Which design would you like to see as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics logo? Submit your vote online!


Ota makes Japan’s Olympic fencing team

5th April, 2016. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Yuki Ota and three others have officially been named to Japan’s fencing team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics


Japan wins silver at World Women's Curling Championships

28th March, 2016. The silver was Japan's first medal in curling in either the Olympics or world championships and skip Satsuki Fujisawa said she was proud of the team's achievement.


Okazaki stays modest while moving Leicester toward PL title

20th March, 2016. "The contribution of Okazaki has been invaluable in his debut season in English football, playing a direct role in collecting 13 points with his five league goals. "He's always there in the penalty or six-yard box," Leicester teammate Marc Albrighton said. "That (goal against Newcastle) was definitely up there with one of the best this season. The skill and technique involved in his finish was superb." HERE


Okuhara ends 39-year wait for badminton world title

14th March, 2016. Nozomi Okuhara has become the first Japanese player to win the women’s singles title in the All England Open Badminton Championships in 39 years. HERE


Japanese players win All England badminton titles

14th March, 2016. Japanese players have won women's singles and doubles titles at the All England Open Badminton Championships. HERE


Agitos Foundation partners with Sport for Tomorrow, Japan

26th February, 2016. The development arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Agitos Foundation, has announced a partnership with Sport for Tomorrow to grow para-sport in south-east Asia ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. HERE


Firms increasingly eager to hire athletes with disabilities

22nd February, 2016. Interest in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is increasing public awareness and support for disabled athletes in Japan. Various businesses have begun to express their support for disabled athletes by providing them with more opportunities to compete in sporting events, and allowing disabled athletes more time to prepare for the 2020 Paralympics. HERE


Figure Skating: Miyahara leads after short program of 4 Continents Championships

18th February, 2016. Bidding for her first international title, Satoko Miyahara of Japan opened with a flawless triple lutz, triple toe loop combination and also cleanly landed a triple flip and a double axel for a personal-best 72.48 points. "It's very satisfying to get such a high score in an international competition." HERE


Economic Impact of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

(Report - January 2016) This paper considers the economic impact of the Olympic Games in past host countries and examines the potential economic impact of the Tokyo Olympics focusing on foreign tourism, and construction investment. It also provides rough estimates of the macroeconomic impact and discusses the efforts required to enhance economic growth in order to ensure that hosting the Olympic Games provides a sustained boost to the Japanese economy. HERE


Ski jumping: Takanashi sets hill record, wins 10th straight World Cup

8th February, 2016. Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi opened the women's World Cup with a 98-meter jump, beating the four-year-old previous best mark by two meters. She jumped 90 meters in the final round for her second victory in two days. More HERE.


Symposium 'Sharing experiences from London 2012'

28th January, 2016.  Experiences from the London Olympics and Paralympics are bringing Japan and the UK closer together by creating a discussion on the roles and opportunities for universities during major sporting events. HERE


Coxless Crew - British female rowing team complete record-breaking journey across the Pacific 

25th January, 2016. A team of British women adventurers rowed 9,200 miles across the Pacific for over 9 months, breaking two records: becoming the first all-female team and the first team of four to row the Pacific. More HERE.



Success for Japan - The Secrets of Sumo

24th January, 2016. Sumo fans throughout Japan celebrated with great elation on January 24, 2016, as the sumo wrestler Kotoshogiku beat fellow wrestler Goeido to win the 2016 New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. It was a particularly exciting event this year as Kotoshogiku is the first Japan-born wrestler to win a tournament title in ten years. Learn more about sumo rules, rituals and secrets HERE.


Together with Foreigners / Sports help bridge nations, cultural divides

18th January, 2016. As the number of foreigners in Japan reaches an all time high, sports, from sumo to baseball, are bringing people from diverse backgrounds together and bridging cultural divides. HERE



Doglegs: the wrestlers breaking stereotypes of disability in Japan

16th January, 2016. Check out the film 'Doglegs', in which disabled athletes fight the able-bodied as an outlet  to escape the prejudice they face in everyday life. “If there is a message in the film, it is that people should be allowed to live their lives on their own terms. That disability is in the eye of the beholder.” HERE


Rugby premiership side Bath agree deal to sign Japan number eight Amanaki Mafi on a short-term contract

29th December, 2015. BBC report: “We’re always looking to strengthen the squad, and Amanaki will give us another option in a hugely competitive position.” HERE


Ernst & Young and espnW report explores the role of sport in the advancement of women

11th December, 2015. Research conducted over the last three years as part of EY’s Women Athletes Business Network shows the role that sport plays at every stage of professional women’s lives — from girls to rising leaders to C-suite executives. With their problem-solving skills and team-building experiences, women who have played sport are uniquely positioned to lead in the corporate world. Full report HERE


A night of intercultural street rugby

8th December, 2015. Preparing for the 2019 Rugby World Cup! At the home of Japanese rugby, the Chichibunomiya stadium, over 500 visitors and 150 players from around ten different countries participated in a "night street rugby" event with international stalls set up around the pitch. More HERE


Women of Vision - Breaking the Limits

11th November, 2015. Keiko Ihara has made a name for herself competing at the top level of endurance motor racing. Now she's shifting gears to become a mentor to other women. More from NHK World HERE


Japan National Tourism Organization (Article in Japanese)

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Tokyo Bay Development Delegation 

4th June 2015. BCCJ representatives joined an information session for 15 Foreign Chambers of Commerce on the development of Tokyo Bay this morning.

Full report here


BCCJ secures Government funding to promote Rugby and Tokyo 2020 business opportunities.

27th October 2014. The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) today signed an historic agreement with the UK Government to help UK companies secure business from the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics / Paralympics 2020.

Full report here





 UK to support Japan in delivering lasting legacy from 2020 Games

26th September 2014. Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain (VB) and Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of the Japan National Tourism Organistion (JNTO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this morning at an event hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), ‘Ahead of the game: making global sporting events work for your business’, held at the Conrad Tokyo.

Full report here



Japan blanks Thailand 2-0 to log first win in final World Cup qualifier