Sep 29
A Tokyo government panel says the cost of hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could quadruple from the original estimate to over 3 trillion yen, or about 30 billion dollars. (NHK)

Sep 29
Ace pitcher Shohei Otani struck out 15 in a one-hitter and Brandon Laird homered as the Nippon Ham Fighters clinched the Pacific League pennant on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over the Seibu Lions. (Japan Today)

Sep 28
A panel tasked by the Tokyo metropolitan government with reviewing the costs for hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plans to propose that the construction of three venues should be reconsidered, and existing facilities possibly used, a senior Tokyo government official said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

Sep 28
One challenge facing the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be keeping athletes cool in the blazing summer heat. Government officials plan to apply a special coating to roads in Tokyo to reduce surface temperatures. (NHK)

Sep 26
Aichi Prefecture and its capital Nagoya have been named as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Summer Games. (NHK)

Sep 26
Having clinched his first Emperor’s Cup a day earlier, Goeido had one challenge remaining on the 15th and final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament: going undefeated. (

Sep 23
Chinese pingpong champion Wang Nan says her husband was right to leave the faucet running in a Japanese hotel to waste water as revenge over Japan for invading China 85 years ago. (Asahi)

Sep 22
It’s been a year since Japan shocked the world with its stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in England. And ever since the Brave Blossoms’ breakthrough performance, rugby has been in a far brighter spotlight. (Japan Times)

Sep 20
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games came to a close with a festive closing ceremony on Sunday, with the Paralympic flag handed over to Tokyo, host of the 2020 Games. (Jiji Press)

Sep 14
Japan’s Kaori Icho, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s wrestling, is to receive the People’s Honor Award. (NHK)