July 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR--Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on July 29 over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games.
July 27, 2015
NAGOYA--As yokozuna Hakuho rode triumphantly in the motorcade celebrating his latest sumo triumph here on July 26, much of the cheers were directed at the popular older wrestler holding his flag.
July 27, 2015
KAZAN, Russia--Synchronized swimmers Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui captured the bronze medal in the women’s duet technical final at the world championships in Russia on July 26.
July 26, 2015
NAGOYA--Yokozuna Hakuho extended his Emperor's Cup winning record to 35 by defeating fellow Mongolian grand champion Kakuryu on the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament here on July 26.
July 25, 2015
The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unveiled emblems for the events on July 24, the date the summer extravaganza will get under way in 2020.
July 23, 2015
SAPPORO--Figure skater Mao Asada performed in front of an audience at a rink here July 22 for the first time since taking a year off from skating.
July 17, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said July 17 that the government will scrap the costly design of the New National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, and return the project to the starting blocks.
July 08, 2015
The need to live up to an international promise and to show off Japanese technology will come at a price of 252 billion yen ($2.1 billion).
July 06, 2015
VANCOUVER--When your game is built on possession and suffocating the opposition, the last thing you want to do is concede an early goal--let alone four inside the first 16 minutes as Japan did in the Women's World Cup final on July 5.
July 02, 2015
EDMONTON, Canada--Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.
June 30, 2015
LONDON--A five-set Wimbledon first-round match lasting almost three and a half hours was not what Kei Nishikori needed on June 29 as he nursed a sore calf strain.
June 29, 2015
Japan's trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said on June 29.
June 28, 2015
EDMONTON, Alberta--Japanese coach Norio Sasaki couldn't resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi's expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward in during the second half against Australia on June 27.
June 27, 2015
LEICESTER, England--Japan striker Shinji Okazaki has signed for English club Leicester and will become the seventh Japanese player to feature in the Premier League.
June 24, 2015
No final decision has been made on Japan's new National Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but with an alternate plan judged "unrealistic," there are still no reasons to abandon the original design, an official said on June 24.
June 24, 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Mizuho Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal in the 78th minute, and defending Women's World Cup champion Japan held on to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on June 23 and reach the quarterfinals.
June 20, 2015
SAO PAULO--The Japan Football Association sent $1.5 million (185 million yen) to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in appreciation for its support of Japan’s hosting of the 2002 World Cup, a Spanish sports newspaper reported June 19.
June 13, 2015
Aya Sameshima scored in the 6th minute as defending champion Japan became the first team at the women's World Cup to secure a berth in the knockout stage with a 2-1 victory over Cameroon on the night of June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
June 13, 2015
Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place after Games officials opened the door for new attractions at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
June 11, 2015
BAKU--Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on June 11 as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.