Table Tennis/ Waste - Disposal Manufacturer Sets The Tables For Star Players

TABLE TENNIS/ Waste-disposal manufacturer sets the tables for star playersHidden among the warehouses and assembly plants here stands a outer stairwell that leads to the expansion plans of a manufacturer of garbage disposal units.

But instead of grinding gears and metal lathes, bouncing table tennis balls are constantly heard at From Industry Co.’s facility in an industrial park.
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Sprinter Yamagata Comes Fraction Of A Second From Smashing 10 - Second Barrier

Sprinter Yamagata comes fraction of a second from smashing 10-second barrier

OSAKA -- Ryota Yamagata came literally a hundredth of a second from becoming the second Japanese sprinter to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters, posting a winning time of exactly 10:00 seconds at the 65th Japan National Industrial Teams Championships here on Sept. 24.

Yamagata is now tied for Japan's second-best time in the event, just behind 21-year-old sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu's 9.98-second record set on Sept. 9 at the Japan National University Championships -- the first time a Japanese runner had broken the 10-second barrier. Having come so close to becoming the second Japanese person to run the 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, Yamagata is determined to keep trying.

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Baseball: Former White Sox Champ Iguchi Goes Out With Bang

Baseball: Former White Sox champ Iguchi goes out with bang

CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Playing in the final game of his career, former big leaguer Tadahito Iguchi belted a game-tying, ninth-inning home run, paving the way for the Lotte Marines' 4-3, 12th-inning walk-off win over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday.

A day after he was asked to manage the Marines in 2018, Iguchi wrapped up a career that began in 1997 and included four Pacific League pennants, three Japan Series championships and a World Series championship with the 2005 Chicago White Sox.

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Sumo: Harumafuji Savors Sweet Taste Of Victory Sake After Big Win

Sumo: Harumafuji savors sweet taste of victory sake after big win

Yokozuna Harumafuji, who won his ninth career title at the just-ended Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, let his guard down to media after a hard-fought playoff bout against ozeki Goeido, allowing his dramatic come-from-behind victory to finally sink in.

"How delicious the sake tastes after you win," said Harumafuji in the traditional morning-after press conference on Monday.

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Sumo: Goeido Moves 2 Wins Clear Of Field At Autumn Sumo

Sumo: Goeido moves 2 wins clear of field at Autumn sumo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ozeki Goeido capitalized on a slip-up by his closest rival to move two wins clear at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.

After Chiyotairyu crashed to a third defeat, Goeido (10-1) took full advantage in the day's penultimate bout, getting both hands on the front of Mitakeumi's (5-6) belt and surging forward to force him over the straw bales.

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Badminton: Okuhara Sets Up Worlds Rematch Against Sindhu

Badminton: Okuhara sets up worlds rematch against Sindhu

Japan's world champion Nozomi Okuhara responded to her fans' expectations on Wednesday by setting up a rematch of her world championships final against India's Pusarla Sindhu in the women's singles at the Japan Open.

With her fans cheering her on at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium the world No. 9 Okuhara, the bronze medalist at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi. Okuhara needed 40 minutes to beat the world No. 15 21-15, 21-13.

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Tennis: Date Says No To Coaching But Seeks Other Ways To Give Back

Tennis: Date says no to coaching but seeks other ways to give back

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date said Wednesday she has yet to give life after sport a serious thought, as she is still going back and forth between strange emptiness and ecstatic relief now that she has retired from competitive tennis.

"There's a sentiment of sadness but at the same time, I'm relieved that I don't have to worry about my condition every morning when I wake up. I do feel reassured and liberated," said Date, who ended her career with a straight-sets loss at the recent Japan Women's Open.

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Rugby: Still More Questions Than Answers With 2 Yrs To Go Until Rwc 2019

Rugby: Still more questions than answers with 2 yrs to go until RWC 2019

Japan celebrated two years to the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo's Shibuya district ahead of a 46-day tour that will see it visit all 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south.

"Two years to go is an exciting milestone for people in the host nation and fans around the world and I am delighted that Japan is marking it with a special nationwide festival that will engage and inspire people the length and breadth of the host nation," World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said in a press release.

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Baseball: Otani Appears Set For 100 Pitches In Thursday Start

Baseball: Otani appears set for 100 pitches in Thursday start

Shohei Otani will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday, Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama revealed Tuesday.

Otani, who threw 78 pitches in his previous start last week, a 5-2/3 inning win over the Rakuten Eagles, is expected to throw around 100 when he takes the mound at Sapporo Dome against the Pacific League champion SoftBank Hawks.

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Sumo: Ozeki Goeido Remains Alone At The Top In Tokyo

Sumo: Ozeki Goeido remains alone at the top in Tokyo

Ozeki Goeido remains the act to beat after he improved to 9-1 on Tuesday with five days remaining at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Goeido has been an extremely tricky opponent so far in the 15-day event at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, feinting and dodging his way to several of the victories he badly needed here. After suffering a losing record in July in Nagoya, Goeido entered this tournament needing eight wins to secure his ozeki status.

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Gallery: Japan Marks 2 Yrs Until Rugby World Cup 2019

GALLERY: Japan marks 2 yrs until Rugby World Cup 2019

With Wednesday, Sept. 20, marking two years until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019, Japanese cities hosting the tournament held various countdown events over the weekend. 

In Tokyo, the Webb Ellis Cup, to be awarded to the winner of the competition to be held Sept. 20-Nov.2, 2019, was unveiled along with a performance of New Zealand's Maori Haka dance, often associated with rugby.

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Baseball: Carp Down Tigers, Repeat As Central League Champs

Baseball: Carp down Tigers, repeat as Central League champs

The Hiroshima Carp clinched their second straight Central League championship, the team's eighth overall, with a 3-2 win over the Hanshin Tigers on Monday afternoon.

Two days after they were denied a chance to clinch at home, a huge number of Carp fans invaded the Tigers' home, historic Koshien Stadium outside Osaka, and erupted after Shota Nakazaki sealed the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his eighth save.

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