SPORTS

Feb 27
Hideki Matsuyama moved up a place to fourth in the world golf rankings released Sunday, matching the highest-ever position by a Japanese male player. (Japan Times)

Feb 27
The Asian Winter Games drew to a close Sunday marking the end of an event which brought together some 1,200 athletes from a record 32 nations and regions for nine days of hotly contested continental competition. (Kyodo)

Feb 27
More than 36,000 runners took to the streets of Tokyo on Sunday for Japan’s largest marathon event. (NHK)

Feb 24
Japan cruised past Kazakhstan 17-0 in the women’s curling bronze-medal match on Thursday at the Asian Winter Games. (Japan Times)

Feb 21
Well, there is now a new Internet sensation breaking down those stereotypes and he comes from the comparatively not-so-popular sport of professional pool. His name is Naoyuki Oi, and you may want to remember the name because it may be popping up a bit more often in the future.
(rocketnews24.com)

Feb 16
In Tinseltown this week there is the potential for a golfing script of which even Hollywood itself would be proud. (telegraph.co.uk)

Feb 14
Japan’s transport ministry said Monday it has started accepting applications for special license plates featuring the 2019 Rugby World Cup logo, aiming to build momentum for the country’s hosting of the quadrennial sporting event. (Jiji)

Feb 11
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named the 2016 Boxer of the Year on Friday by the Japan Boxing Commission. (Japan Times)

Feb 08
A planned golf venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has yet to decide whether to allow women full membership. (NHK)

Feb 08
South Korean and Chinese athletes will not stay at the APA Hotel & Resort in Sapporo during the Asian Winter Games that begin there later this month, apparently due to a controversial history book placed by hotel management in guest rooms. (Kyodo)