SPORTS

Apr 23
About 108,000 people cerebrated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu during a parade in his hometown of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday for winning the second consecutive Olympic gold medal, in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February. (Jiji)

Apr 18
Yuki Kawauchi won the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first Japanese runner to win the prestigious race in 31 years. (Jiji)

Apr 17
Tennis player Naomi Osaka, now living in the United States, has expressed her willingness to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a member of the Japanese team. (NHK)

Apr 15
Japan’s Daigo Higa, aiming to break the national record for consecutive knockouts, was stripped Saturday of his World Boxing Council flyweight belt for being overweight on the eve of his title defense, local media said. (Japan Today)

Apr 13
The Japan Sumo Association recently barred girls from taking part in a sumo event for children. (NHK)

Apr 12
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has launched a project to call for world peace through origami paper cranes. (Jiji)

Apr 10
Just 2 months before the World Cup kicks off in Russia, Japan is replacing its national soccer coach. Akira Nishino is in and Vahid Halilhodzic is out. (NHK)

Apr 10
Japan’s national soccer team coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, is being let go. (NHK)

Apr 07
Japan will likely convert July 23, 2020, a Thursday and the eve of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, into a public holiday by moving Marine Day, which falls on the third Monday of July, to that day, a step to be taken for the year only, it was learned Friday. (Jiji)

Apr 07
The Japan Wrestling Federation says its director has resigned for harassing 4-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho. (NHK)