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Japanese Baseball Star Ōtani to Join LA Angels (News)

Los Angeles, Dec. 8 (Jiji Press)—Japanese professional baseball star Ōtani Shōhei, 23, has decided to join the Los Angeles Angels, his agent announced Friday. Ōtani dons his number 17 Angels jersey at a December 9 press conference in Anaheim, California, announcing his decision to join the team. (© Jiji) "While there has been much speculation about what would drive Shōhei's decision, what m…

Schoolkid Scrum: New Zealand Rugby Stars Teach Japanese Children (Japan in Photos)

Six players from New Zealand’s men’s and women’s rugby teams held a class teaching the mysteries of the egg-shaped ball to 100 elementary school children in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on November 28, 2017. The All Blacks and Black Ferns stars included 2.02-meter high Sam Whitelock, who towered above the Japanese kids taking part and drew excited attention. Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in …

Sumō Champion Harumafuji Assaults Junior Wrestler (News)

Dazaifu, Fukuoka Pref., Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Yokozuna sumō grand champion Harumafuji has assaulted a junior wrestler, it was learned Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at a sumō wrestlers' residence in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Harumafuji expressed his apology over the incident. The 33-year-old yokozuna then submitted a notification that he will drop out of the Kyūshū Gran…

Baseball Star Ōtani Announces Desire to Play in America (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japanese professional baseball star Ōtani Shōhei of the Hokkaidō Nippon Ham Fighters officially announced his desire on Saturday to move to the US Major Leagues using the posting system. Ōtani Shōhei pitches against the Orix Buffaloes at Sapporo Dome on October 4, 2017. (© Jiji) "I've conveyed my thoughts to the club and gained permission," the 23-year-old pitche…

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Kiryū Becomes First Japanese to Break 10-Second 100-Meter Barrier (News)

Fukui, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)—Kiryū Yoshihide, 21, of Tōyō University became the first Japanese sprinter to run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds on Saturday. Kiryū poses with the board showing his Japan-record time following the finals of the 100-meter dash at Japan's intercollegiate track and field championships. Taken on September 9, 2017, at the Fukui Ken'ei Field. (© Jiji) Kiryū marked …

Go Gateball! Enthusiastic High Schoolers Revive a Fading Sport

Most people think of gateball as a leisurely sport for the elderly to while away a lazy afternoon. Yet even as older Japanese turn increasingly to more diverse pursuits, the popularity of this “made in Japan” competitive game has been edging up among younger Japanese, particularly high-school students. We visited Aomori Yamada High School, known for its strong sports program and world-class alumni athletes, to look in on one of its most recent additions, the Aomori Yamada Gateball Club.

Japan Punches Ticket to Russia (Japan in Photos)

Japanese midfielder Ideguchi Yōsuke celebrates after netting Japan’s second goal in its 2–0 win against Australia at Saitama Stadium on August 31, 2017. The victory against the Socceroos assured the men’s national soccer team a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with one game remaining in the qualifying round. Japan has now qualified for six consecutive World Cup finals. (© Jiji)

Saitama Team Wins First Summer High School Baseball Crown (Japan in Photos)

Hanasaki Tokuharu players celebrate after winning the ninety-ninth National High School Baseball Championship on August 23, 2017. The Saitama team crushed Kōryō of Hiroshima 14-4 at Kōshien Stadium in Hyōgo Prefecture. It is the first time a team from Saitama Prefecture has won the enduringly popular tournament. (© Jiji)

Japan’s Sani Brown Shatters Bolt’s Record—Becomes Youngest-Ever Men’s 200m Finalist (Japan in Photos)

On August 9, Japanese sprinter Sani Brown Abdul Hakim raced into the record books at the IAAF World Championships in London, topping legendary racer Usain Bolt to become the youngest-ever finalist in the men’s 200m. The 18-year-old Sani Brown will be 198 days younger than Bolt was when the Jamaican set the previous record of 18 years and 355 days at the 2005 championships in Helsinki, Finland.…

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