SPORTS – 5

Jul 18
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government invited the media to observe the construction sites for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics venues on Tuesday, 2 years ahead of the games’ opening.
(NHK)

Jul 13
Yokozuna Hakuho, who was seeking to extend his record championship haul to 41, pulled out of the ongoing Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday due to a right knee injury. (Kyodo)

Jul 04
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics says it plans to sell tickets for children, senior citizens and people with disabilities for 2020 yen, or about 18 dollars. (NHK)

Jul 04
Japan captain Makoto Hasebe announced Tuesday he is retiring from the national team, a day after Samurai Blue were knocked out of the Russia World Cup by Belgium. (Kyodo)

Jul 03
Japan has been knocked out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after losing to Belgium 3-2.
(NHK)

Jul 03
A “devastated” Japan head coach Akira Nishino took the blame for the 3-2 loss to Belgium that knocked his team out of the World Cup on Monday, saying he made tactical errors. (Kyodo)

Jul 01
Japan head coach Akira Nishino revealed Saturday that he apologized to his players for making them hold onto the ball and avoid attacking late in their final World Cup group game against Poland, in a tactical move which saw them loudly jeered by spectators. (Kyodo)

Jun 29
In the soccer World Cup finals in Russia, Japan advanced to the knockout phase despite a 1-0 loss to Poland in their final group-stage match on Thursday.
(NHK)

Jun 29
Jubilant soccer fans have overrun a famous intersection near Tokyo’s Shibuya Station in reaction to Japan’s advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup finals in Russia.
(NHK)

Jun 29
A Japanese mayor who suffered a stroke at a sumo wrestling event and was given first aid by a female nurse who entered the male-only ring has said the ancient ban on women is irrelevant. (Japan Today)