SPORTS

Sep 22
Japanese high school baseball standout Kotaro Kiyomiya said on Friday he had decided to turn pro rather than attend university. (Japan Today)

Sep 22
With Japan’s Queen of Pop set to end her career, many are left wondering who the front-runner for the opening ceremonies is now. (tokyoreporter.com)

Sep 21
Japan celebrated two years to the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo’s Shibuya district ahead of a 46-day tour that will see it visit all 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south. (Japan Today)

Sep 20
The surf breaks of Okuragahama Beach in Miyazaki, Kyushu are set to welcome the world’s top junior surfers Saturday at the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. (Kyodo)

Sep 12
Japan’s hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup has created “nervousness” about whether big crowds will turn up but national pride will carry the day for the Japanese, World Rugby’s chief executive said Monday. (Japan Today)

Sep 10
Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the men’s 100 meter sprint. (NHK)

Sep 09
Hakuho on Friday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament getting underway Sunday due to pain in his left knee, becoming the third yokozuna to withdraw from the meet after Kisenosato and Kakuryu. (Japan Times)

Sep 07
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday announced an agreement to use more lottery sales revenues to cover 34-billion-yen costs for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic events that will be held outside the capital. (Jiji)

Sep 06
Russia-bound Japan were condemned to a 1-0 defeat away to Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, a result that saw the Gulf state pip Australia for an automatic place at next year’s finals. (Kyodo)

Sep 05
The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt delighted local children and “maiko” in Kyoto on Tuesday, with his trademark “lightning bolt” pose as he attended a promotional event for Swiss watchmaker Hublot. (Kyodok)