SPORTS

Apr 30
In the latest development in the gambling scandal involving Yomiuri Giants players, the Metropolitan Police Department on Friday arrested restaurateur Satoshi Saito, 38, on suspicion of running gambling operations for the purpose of gain and former Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara, 25, on suspicion of assisting the operations. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 27
Japan’s ski competition governing body has suspended the membership of 2 teenage snowboarders for their use of marijuana. They used the banned drugs on their tours of the United States in December. (NHK)
Apr 27
The new emblem designs chosen by the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games appear to have impressed people with their simplicity and distinctly Japanese sensibility. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 25
A pair of logos for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has officially been chosen. (NHK)
Apr 22
Ichiro Suzuki quietly cleaned his cleats in a noisy postgame clubhouse Thursday before packing the shoes for his next game, which will be No. 2,368. (Japan Times)
Apr 16
Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi announced her retirement on Friday. (Japan Today)
Apr 14
Kagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old American basketball player for the possession of marijuana in Takamatsu City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (April 13). (Tokyo Reporter)
Apr 14
Ichiro Suzuki found a fitting way to reach the next milestone in his amazing career – beating out an infield single. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 12
A video has emerged purportedly showing a Sydney woman snowboarding in a Japanese ski resort, blissfully unaware of a bear chasing her a short distance behind. (9news.com.au)
Apr 11
The Nippon Badminton Association says star player Kento Momota will be banned from competition indefinitely. The decision means he will not be selected for Japan’s national team for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (NHK)