SPORTS

Oct 20
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
The Hanshin Tigers were behind the Yomiuri Giants before even stepping on the field, but the Kansai club didn’t waste any time getting even. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
The Yomiuri Giants worked out in a mostly empty Tokyo Dome, with neither fans nor the Hanshin Tigers anywhere in sight. The Big Egg will be rocking the next time they’re in it, as they square off with their oldest rivals for the right to participate in the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Japanese Olympic medalist Daisuke Takahashi is retiring from competitive figure skating. (NHK)
Oct 13
Big-serving Australian Samantha Stosur retained a title for the first time in her career Sunday with a resounding 7-6, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas in the Japan Women’s Open final. (Japan Times)
Oct 10
Japan marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, evoking the memory of a festival of peace that inspired and thrilled people across the nation. (The Japan News)
Oct 09
The head of Japan’s delegation to the Asian Games is to receive a severe reprimand by the country’s Olympic committee (JOC) in the wake of swimmer Naoya Tomita’s fine and ban for stealing a camera in South Korea. (Japan Today)
Oct 07
Footage has emerged of Jules Bianchi’s crash at the Japanese Grand Prix that left the Formula One star with a severe head injury and in a ‘critical but stable condition’. (dailymail.co.uk)
Oct 06
U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori beat the No. 3-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday to win his fourth ATP Tour title of the season. (The Japan News)
Oct 05
Lewis Hamilton took one of his greatest victories to win the Japanese Grand Prix in wet conditions and extend his world championship lead. (BBC)