Govt Eyes Farm Stays For Foreign Tourists

Govt eyes farm stays for foreign tourists

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government plans to actively promote stays at farming villages geared toward foreign tourists. Supportive measures to begin next fiscal year will include sponsoring skilled chefs to hold cooking classes at women's clubs to enhance local cuisine, and other steps to attract foreigners interested Japanese food and culture.

Tourists lodging with farming families and elsewhere in farming communities will have the opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture, such as rice planting, while enjoying local dishes and interacting with villagers. Many tourists, especially from Asia, have stayed repeatedly at Japanese farms in recent years.

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Baseball: Sarfate Overwhelmed By Shoriki Honor

Baseball: Sarfate overwhelmed by Shoriki honor

For the first time in a while, the panel that selects the Matsutaro Shoriki Award stepped out of the box when they named SoftBank Hawks closer Dennis Sarfate this year's winner.

In recent years, the award -- for the player, coach, umpire or manager who makes the biggest contribution to Japanese pro baseball -- had been presented to the manager of the Japan Series-winning team. Not surprisingly, Sarfate was unfamiliar with the award but the more the 36-year-old pitcher learned, the more honored he felt.

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Rugby: Kobe Set To Get Carter, Say Sources

Rugby: Kobe set to get Carter, say sources

All Blacks legend Dan Carter is set to finish his career in Japan with Kobe Kobelco Steelers, a number of informed sources told Kyodo News on Thursday.

Media reports earlier in the week in both France, where the three-time World Rugby Player of the Year currently plays for Racing 92, and New Zealand said Carter is set to sign a contract with a Top League side once he completes his three-year stint in Paris in June.

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Tokyo Olympics Countdown Clock Unveiled

Tokyo Olympics countdown clock unveiled

A 3-meter-tall countdown clock for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was unveiled Thursday in the Japanese capital's Ginza district.

"I am very proud to announce and show you our first countdown to the (Tokyo) Olympics," Christophe Savioz, president of Swatch Group (Japan) KK involved in the installment of the clock in the posh shopping district, said at a press preview.

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Baseball: Mlb Expects New Japan Posting Deal By Early Dec.

Baseball: MLB expects new Japan posting deal by early Dec.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it hopes to establish a new posting system with Japan by early December, in a move that would enable Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Otani to start negotiations with U.S. teams.

MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said a new framework has been agreed with Nippon Professional Baseball, but MLB is awaiting approval from its Players Association.

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Sumo: Hakuho Apologizes For Harumafuji's Assault Scandal

Sumo: Hakuho apologizes for Harumafuji's assault scandal

Hakuho apologized Thursday on behalf of fellow grand champion Harumafuji for causing trouble with his reported assault of a lower-ranked wrestler, promising to make amends by doing what he does best.

"I was present at the scene and therefore I owe a deep apology to the sumo world and to the public. All I can do is put on a good performance in the ring and work hard," Hakuho told reporters after his morning training session.

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Sumo: Terunofuji Withdraws From Kyushu Meet, Delays Ozeki Return

Sumo: Terunofuji withdraws from Kyushu meet, delays ozeki return

Terunofuji has pulled out of the ongoing Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament citing a knee injury Thursday, ending the possibility of his immediate return to the ozeki status.

Terunofuji's withdrawal from the 15-day meet leaves him with a 0-5 record as he forfeits Thursday's bout against fellow sekiwake Mitakeumi. A sekiwake can be promoted to the second-highest rank of ozeki with at least 10 wins in the first basho (meet) following his demotion.

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Takakeisho Posts 2nd Win Over Yokozuna

Takakeisho posts 2nd win over yokozuna

The Japan News Top maegashira Takakeisho picked up his second victory over a yokozuna at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with an impressive win over Kisenosato on the fourth day Wednesday in Fukuoka.

Takakeisho, who defeated now-missing Harumafuji on the second day, kept Kisenosato back on his heels as he attacked with powerful shoves to the chest until he was over the edge. It was Takakeisho's third career kinboshi, awarded to a maegashira wrestler for a win over a yokozuna.

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Olympics: Joc Gives Sapporo Go - Ahead To Bid For 2026 Winter Games

Olympics: JOC gives Sapporo go-ahead to bid for 2026 Winter Games

The Japanese Olympic Committee gave Sapporo formal approval to take part in the bidding process for the 2026 Winter Olympics at a board meeting on Wednesday.

The city in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido plans to announce its intention to bid before the deadline at the end of March 2018, said JOC Vice President Eisuke Hiraoka.

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Focus: Sumo's Scandal - Ridden Underbelly Emerges Again

FOCUS: Sumo's scandal-ridden underbelly emerges again

As the gravity of yokozuna Harumafuji's assault further emerged Wednesday, condemnation of his behavior has morphed into disappointment that sumo's veiled underbelly has yet again stained the reputation of Japan's national sport.

The latest blow to the ancient sport came just as it had begun to regain lost popularity with the promise of fierce competition between the four top-division yokozuna leading to a string of sellout tournaments.

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Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Watching Social Media Over Fear Of Fake News

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee watching social media over fear of fake news

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is monitoring social media trends ahead of the 2020 event to prevent the spread of flaming and fake news as well as to ensure the prompt delivery of correct information.

"In modern society, the voices of the public can be seen," a committee representative stated. "Therefore, we don't believe that we will be able to spend the next 1,000 days until the opening ceremony unscathed."

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Shock Roils Sumo World In Wake Of Assault Allegation Against Yokozuna Harumafuji

Shock roils sumo world in wake of assault allegation against yokozuna Harumafuji

FUKUOKA -- The problem of violence in the sumo world has surfaced once more. Yokozuna Harumafuji is facing accusations that he assaulted fellow Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa with a beer bottle at a banquet on Oct. 26.

Fans arriving at the Fukuoka Convention Center on the morning of Nov. 14 for the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament registered disappointment at the news, while the Japan Sumo Association was pressed for a response.

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Sumo: Kisenosato Keeps Winning Pace At Kyushu Amid Harumafuji's Withdrawal

Sumo: Kisenosato keeps winning pace at Kyushu amid Harumafuji's withdrawal

The three yokozuna competing at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament had mixed fates on Tuesday, with Kisenosato and Hakuho winning convincingly while Harumafuji was forced to pull out after it emerged that he assaulted a fellow wrestler in a drunken brawl.

Kisenosato (2-1) swept past No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu (1-2) on the third day of the 15-day meet at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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