SPORTS

Jul 02
Football fans in Japan are celebrating the victory of the women’s national football team over England to advance to the World Cup final. (NHK)
Jul 02
Reigning champions Japan will meet the United States in the Women’s World Cup final for the second tournament in a row after a 2-1 defeat of England on Wednesday, victory coming after a cruel and unlucky injury-time own goal from Laura Bassett. (Kyodo)
Jun 29
Japan’s sports minister Hakubun Shimomura says the reconstruction of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will cost 2 billion dollars, 700 million dollars more than the initial estimate. (NHK)
Jun 25
The government is poised to sign a contract with two major general contractors for the construction of the new National Stadium, which will be the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, with no changes made to the original plan, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
Jun 22
Eight sports including baseball and softball are now set to advance to the final selection process for addition to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the host city’s initiative. (Jiji Press)
Jun 17
Japan got its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign off to an embarrassing start after being held to a 0-0 home draw by Singapore on Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jun 16
Koji Murofushi said Monday he will not take part in the national championships at the end of June, putting an end to his 20 straight titles in men’s hammer throw. (Japan Times)
Jun 14
In Women’s World Cup soccer in Canada, defending champions Japan defeated Cameroon 2-1 in a Group C match held in Vancouver on Friday. (NHK)
Jun 13
The final design for Tokyo’s new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympic games, is currently expected at the start of July but could be delayed, Japanese officials said on Friday. (Japan Today)
Jun 10
Nadeshiko Japan launched the defense of its Women’s World Cup title with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Group C in Vancouver on Monday. (Japan Times)