SPORTS

Aug 28
The Japanese government has decided on a new plan for a national stadium to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
Aug 26
Super Rugby’s 2016 expansion is under threat because of Japan’s slow progress in recruiting players and a coach for a competitive team. (smh.com.au)
Aug 25
The International Olympic Committee has asked the Japanese government to have the new main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games ready by January of that year. (NHK)
Aug 25
Crowds flocked to central Tokyo on Sunday to catch a glimpse of a Formula E car — a race car minus the exhaust and ear-splitting noise of its gasoline-powered counterparts. (NHK)
Aug 25
Ryo Ishikawa won next season’s U.S. PGA Tour card after finishing 31st at the Wyndham Championship and placing 124th in the FedEx Cup standings on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Aug 17
Japan’s Ichiro Suzuki has matched one iconic Major League Baseball hitter and is taking aim at another as he chases a historic milestone – his 3000th hit in North America. (sentinelrepublic.com)
Aug 15
Hiroshi Iwata of Japan fired a 90-yard wedge from the rough on No. 18 that nearly rolled in before settling 3 feet from the cup. That tap-in par for a 63 was the best score at the PGA Championship so far and good enough to match the lowest single round ever in a major. (abcnews.go.com)
Aug 15
Japan’s government has come up with a new, cost-conscious plan to build a national stadium in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (NHK)
Aug 15
Although karate has failed to win Olympic inclusion three times before – for the Beijing, London and Rio Games – chances are a lot better this time for the traditional Japanese sport. (Japan Today)
Aug 14
Homare Sawa, a midfielder on the women’s national soccer team who was married on Saturday, revealed that her husband is Hiroaki Tsujikami, 38, a former J.League player. (The Japan News)