Sumo Tournament Starts Without 65 Wrestlers

Sumo tournament starts without 65 wrestlers

The New Year Grand Sumo Tournament kicked off at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan arena on Sunday without 65 wrestlers belonging to four stables who either tested positive for the new coronavirus or were in close contact with those who did.

Yokozuna Grand Champion Hakuho was among the wrestlers who tested positive.

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'demon Slayer' Film Shatters Box Office Record

'Demon Slayer' film shatters box office record

Japanese animation film "Kimetsu no Yaiba," or "Demon Slayer," has shattered the country's all-time box office record. It earned more than 32.4 billion yen, or about 314 million dollars, in 73 days.

The film broke the previous record of 31.6 billion yen set by the 2001 animation fantasy "Spirited Away," directed by Miyazaki Hayao.

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Japanese Rugby Star Speaks Before His Last Season

Japanese rugby star speaks before his last season

Japanese rugby star Goromaru Ayumu is set to retire after the coming season that starts in January. He spoke about the sport and his legacy.

Goromaru said, "It is sad that I'll finish my rugby career as a player, which I started when I was 3 years old. But I have been running with all my might for 32 years."

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Nhk Poll: Over 30% Want Olympics Canceled

NHK poll: Over 30% want Olympics canceled

More than 30 percent of respondents to an NHK opinion poll have said next year's Olympics and Paralympics should be canceled.

The telephone survey was conducted over the weekend. More than 1,200 people answered the questions.

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Nhk Poll: Over 30% Want Olympics Cancelled

NHK poll: Over 30% want Olympics cancelled

More than 30 percent of respondents to an NHK opinion poll have said next year's Olympics and Paralympics should be canceled.

The telephone survey was conducted over the weekend. More than 1,200 people answered the questions.

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Bach Wants Athletes From Abroad Vaccinated

Bach wants athletes from abroad vaccinated

The president of the International Olympic Committee says foreign athletes and visitors to the Tokyo Games next year should be vaccinated for the coronavirus before entering Japan if a vaccine is available.

IOC President Thomas Bach made the remark during a meeting with Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko at the Office of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday. He arrived in Tokyo on Sunday for the first time since the decision was made in March to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to next year.

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Olympic, Paralympic Swimming Venue Opens

Olympic, Paralympic swimming venue opens

A ceremony was held on Saturday to mark the completion of the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which will host swimming competitions in next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The metropolitan government spent about 540 million dollars to build the venue, where 15,000 seats, including temporary ones, will be set up for the games.

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Demon Anime Breaks Box Office Record

Demon anime breaks box office record

The animated movie "Kimetsu no Yaiba," or "Demon Slayer," has broken box office records in Japan.

The film based on a hit manga series hit cinemas across Japan last Friday.

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Shodai Wins First Sumo Tournament Title

Shodai wins first sumo tournament title

The 28-year-old Shodai has won his first title in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, with 13 wins and two losses.

Shodai, who holds the third-highest rank of Sekiwake, clinched the Emperor's Cup on the final day on Sunday by beating his immediate runner-up, rank-and-file Tobizaru.

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Suga, Bach Agree To Work On Holding Safe Olympics

Suga, Bach agree to work on holding safe Olympics

Japan's prime minister and the head of the International Olympic Committee have agreed to work closely to hold next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics safely.

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and IOC President Thomas Bach spoke by phone for about 15 minutes on Wednesday. The talks were their first since Suga took office as prime minister last week.

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Japan Eases Restrictions On Sports Events

Japan eases restrictions on sports events

Baseball stadiums in Japan welcomed back more fans on Saturday as a spectator limit of 5,000 people was eased.

Organizers of professional baseball games can now fill up to half the capacity of stadiums.

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Osaka Naomi Qualifies For Tennis Hall Of Fame

Osaka Naomi qualifies for tennis Hall of Fame

Japanese tennis star Osaka Naomi has shot up to Number Three in the latest ATP world rankings.

The rankings were announced on Monday, shortly after Osaka won the Women's Singles at the US Open over the weekend. She was ranked ninth as she competed for the Grand Slam title.

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Murofushi To Become Sports Agency Chief

Murofushi to become Sports Agency chief

Olympic hammer throwing gold medalist Murofushi Koji is assuming the post of Japan's Sports Agency commissioner.

The education and sports ministry said on Friday that Murofushi will replace current commissioner Suzuki Daichi on October 1.

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18 Sumo Wrestlers Test Positive For Coronavirus

18 sumo wrestlers test positive for coronavirus

Eighteen sumo wrestlers at the Tamanoi stable in Tokyo have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.

The Japan Sumo Association says 32 wrestlers were tested after a rank-and-filer at the sumo stable was confirmed to be infected on Saturday. Eighteen of them tested positive, including a Juryo division wrestler, Fujiazuma.

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