SPORTS

Feb 08
Hideki Matsuyama won an unexpected playoff victory Sunday after Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Asahi)
Feb 06
Rugby star Ayumu Goromaru has left Japan to join the world’s top professional league. (NHK)
Feb 05
Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year on Thursday in a poll of Japan’s soccer writers. (Japan Times)
Feb 05
Former Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi was announced as a full-time driver oi Toyota’s World Endurance Championship team on Thursday, marking his first entry into the premier class of endurance road racing. (Japan Times)
Feb 04
Former Japanese professional baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara admitted using a stimulant to Tokyo police after his arrest on Tuesday, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 03
An elementary school student has died after colliding with a snowboarder at a ski resort in Kitahiroshima city in Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Feb 03
The JGTO, along with the well-established China Golf Association, Korean Tour and Australian PGA have seen the golf market in the region muddied by a turf war between the Asian Tour and OneAsia circuits over recent years. (sbs.com.au)
Feb 02
Ozeki Terunofuji, who pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken right collar bone and damaged meniscus in his left knee, said Tuesday he will return to the ring for the Spring Basho in March. (Japan Times)
Feb 02
A Belgian designer has dropped a plagiarism lawsuit concerning the now-scrapped 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo. (NHK)
Jan 27
Japan is home to a lot of martial arts, many of which John can not physically do. However, there’s one he can – SPOCHAN! It uses air swords and doesn’t require a big financial investment. Basically, that means not only will you survive a blow from a sword, you can dish them out without being arrested. (ONLY in JAPAN)