Oct 24
Hiroshima Carp fans might have gone home feeling that a little can sometimes go a long way after Game 2 of the Japan Series. Their Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters counterparts, however, head back to Sapporo thinking that snowballs have a nasty tendency to start avalanches. (Japan Times)

Oct 21
Visiting International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Thursday expressed confidence that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be a “transformational moment” for Japan and its capital. (Jiji)

Oct 21
Japanese 4-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s wrestling, Kaori Icho, has received the People’s Honor Award.

Oct 20
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday he thinks he sees eye to eye with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and is not expecting any issues inside the four-party working group that will review costs for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (Kyodo)

Oct 19
Veteran Hiroshima Carp right-hander Hiroki Kuroda announced on Tuesday that this will be his last season. Now he will see if he can go out as a champion. (

Oct 17
The Nippon Ham Fighters overcame a first-inning four-run deficit to reach the Japan Series on Sunday, defeating the SoftBank Hawks 7-4 at Sapporo Dome in Game 5 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage. (Japan Today)

Oct 17
U.S. PGA Tour regular Hideki Matsuyama won the Japan Open Golf Championship, holding on to his overnight lead after carding a 1-under-par 69 in the final round Sunday. (Japan Times)

Oct 16
Osaka Prefectural Police and customs officials have arrested a 33-year-old American professional wrestler for the alleged importation of marijuana, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)

Oct 16
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reviewing plans for venues for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)

Oct 13
Japan’s health ministry has proposed a total ban on smoking at public facilities including central and local government office buildings, hospitals and other medical institutions, and schools, to help prevent passive smoking in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Jiji Press)