Japan's Kazuto Ioka defended his WBA bantamweight crown for the fifth time on Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Noknoi Sitthiprasert of Thailand.
In the first title fight on the card at Edion Arena Osaka, Shohei Omori lost his first world title fight, suffering an 11th round technical knockout against Marlon Tapales of the Philippines.
Mai Mihara placed second with the highest ever Japanese score in the women's free skate and overnight leader Japan won the World Team Trophy for the second time on Saturday.
The 17-year-old Mihara, the Four Continents champion, scored 146.71 points in the free and Wakaba Higuchi came third with 145.30, helping Japan clinch the title for the first time in three events with 109 points. Russia finished second with 105 and the United States placed third with 97.
Japan duly beat South Korea in their Asia Rugby Championship opener Saturday but it was hardly an impressive performance from Jamie Joseph's side.
The Brave Blossoms may have scored seven tries but they conceded five in a 47-29 victory at Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Field that left Joseph less than impressed.
Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is still looking for his first win of the season after another unsuccessful attempt Friday in the Seattle Mariners' 3-1 defeat to the Oakland Athletics.
In his fourth start of the season, Iwakuma gave up three runs and five hits, including two home runs, while issuing four walks and striking out three in 5-1/3 innings at Oakland Coliseum and was tagged with the loss.
Sixteen-year-old Rikako Ikee became the first woman to win five titles at the national swimming championships after sweeping the 50-meter freestyle and the 100 butterfly Sunday.
On the final day of the four-day meet, Ikee won the 50 free in 24.57 seconds before taking the 100 fly in 57.39. Through Saturday, the second-year high school student had topped the 100 and 200 free as well as the 50 fly, and met the qualifying standard for this summer's world championships in all five races she won.
Japan's 17-year-old Miu Hirano completed a remarkable run at the Asian table tennis championships on Saturday, winning the women's singles title after defeating the world's top two players on their home turf.
The teenager silenced the home crowd in the final, beating world No. 5 Cheng Ming in straight games 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 as she produced crisp strikes both off her forehand and backhand to keep the Chinese at bay.
DENVER, Colorado (Kyodo) -- Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda became the first Japanese pitcher to pick up a win in the major leagues this season as the Los Angeles Dodgers scored in all but three innings and defeated the Colorado Rockies 10-6 on Sunday.
Maeda gave up four runs and five hits, including a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon, while striking out five in five innings at Coors Field and received backing from a 15-hit offense led by Corey Seager and Justin Turner, who each drove in two runs.
OSAKA - Japan's most youthful shogi proficient, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, on April 4 guaranteed his eleventh straight triumph since his introduction - a record for another player.
Fujii, who holds a fourth-dan rank, beat 40-year-old seventh-dan player Hiroshi Kobayashi in 104 moves in their diversion at Kansai shogi lobby in Osaka's Fukushima Ward to set the record.
SC Karuizawa, hoping to get a Japanese men's twisting group in the Olympics surprisingly since 1998, opened its big showdown with a 9-5 charm Italy on Saturday.
So far, just host South Korea has met all requirements for next February's Pyeongchang Olympics, however seven compartments are up for snatches in Edmonton, and will be distributed to the groups with the best consolidated complete from this competition and last year's universes. Japan was fourth a year ago and requirements to complete in the main seven here to secure its Olympic spot.