SPORTS

Apr 20
Environment ministry guidelines for trail running (see below) rules have been introduced at national parks amid a growing number of problems and complaints resulting from the sport. (The Japan News)
Apr 16
To say that Canada isn’t a major world player in sumo wrestling is an understatement. On a Wikipedia page titled “Canadian sumo wrestlers,” there are two entries-and they’re just different names for the same guy. (macleans.ca)
Apr 13
Hideki Matsuyama turned in his best round yet at the Masters and a fifth-place finish has him setting his sights even higher at Augusta National. (Japan Times)
Apr 06
“Do it!” “Hang in there!” Cries from spectators echoed in the dimly lit venue as the packed audience watched muscular men pull fast and furious wrestling moves on each other in the ring under a spotlight. (The Japan News)
Apr 06
Japan failed to exploit its strong start to the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday, when it crashed out with two straight defeats in the seventh event of World Rugby’s Sevens World Series. (Japan Times)
Apr 02
Jingu stadiums, the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium and other sports facilities in Tokyo’s Meiji Jingu Gaien district, where numerous historic matches have been held, are scheduled to be rebuilt after repeated land swaps, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Mar 31
The head of Tokyo’s organizing committee for the 2020 Olympics says he intends to continue working following an operation to treat lung cancer. (Japan Today)
Mar 31
AUSTIN, Texas–Teenage track sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to clock a time under 10 seconds in the 100-meter sprint with a wind-assisted mark of 9.87 seconds. (Asahi)
Mar 28
Imagine you’re sitting in the Sapporo Dome, cheering for the Nippon Ham Fighters home team, when suddenly you hear the unmistakable crack of a bat. (rocketnews24.com)
Mar 28
Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda came off the bench to score quickfire goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in their first outing under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. (Japan Today)