SPORTS

Aug 23
Organizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are taking a close look at Rio’s successes and shortcomings this year, hoping to glean solutions to the Japanese capital’s own cost and space challenges. (Nikkei)

Aug 21
With each step he took – not withstanding his little bump with a competitor – Hirooki Arai walked closer and closer into Japanese Olympic history. (the-japan-news.com)

Aug 20
Japanese athletes won more medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Friday, bringing Japan’s total medal count to 40, the highest-ever at an Olympics. (NHK)

Aug 19
Risako Kawai bagged a wrestling gold medal in her Olympic debut, winning the women’s 63-kilogram title on Thursday at the Rio de Janeiro Games. (the-japan-news.com)

Aug 19
The top-seeded duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won Japan’s first-ever gold medal in badminton on Thursday, taking the top prize in women’s doubles at the Rio Games. (the-japan-news.com)

Aug 18
On the 13th day of the Rio Olympics, Japan won 3 gold medals in women’s wrestling. (NHK)

Aug 18
Japan’s Kaori Icho became the first female wrestler to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals Wednesday as she defeated Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova in the women’s 58-kilogram freestyle final at the Rio Olympics.
(Kyodo)

Aug 18
The Japanese pole vaulter who appeared to knock off the bar with his penis in qualifying is refusing to blame his manhood for the incident. (stuff.co.nz)

Aug 16
Now that Japan has earned seven gold medals so far in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the slow playing of the national anthem in medal ceremonies has popped out as a talking point among Japanese athletes. (Jiji Press)

Aug 15
Kei Nishikori defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3 to win bronze at the Rio Olympics on Sunday for Japan’s first tennis medal in almost a century. (Kyodo)