SPORTS – 3

Sep 11
Shoya Nakajima’s and Takumi Minamino’s first-half goals lead Japan to a 2-0 win away over Myanmar as the Samurai Blue opened their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory. (Japan Times)

Sep 10
Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken finger, his stablemaster said Monday, following a shock opening-day loss to rank-and-filer Hokutofuji. (Japan Times)

Sep 08
Japan will enter the Rugby World Cup believing they have made the necessary preparations to achieve their goal of a berth in the quarterfinals, head coach Jamie Joseph said Saturday. (Kyodo)

Sep 06
South Korean Olympic officials have called on Japan to ban its “rising sun” flag at the 2020 Tokyo Games after claiming it represents a “militaristic and imperial past.” (Japan Today)

Sep 05
It is not ground breaking news to hear that Japan’s ski industry is booming, each winter record levels of international tourism are achieved, driven largely by a growing global awareness and explosion in Asian ski culture. (newsonjapan.com)

Sep 03
Yokozuna grand champion Hakuho has announced that he has obtained Japanese nationality. (NHK)

Sep 03
The Japan Olympic Museum will open in Tokyo on September 14. Members of the media were given a preview on Monday. (NHK)

Sep 03
With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics less than a year away, Tokyo police are stepping up efforts to strengthen their foreign language assistance. (Japan Times)

Aug 30
Japan’s squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup was announced on Thursday. The 31 members include captain Michael Leitch and hooker Shota Horie. (NHK)

Aug 27
It was an historic weekend for sumo in Japan as the first-ever Wanpaku national championships for elementary school-age girls took place at Okudo Sogo Sports Center in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward on Aug. 25. (Japan Times)