Japan Wants Joseph To Remain National Rugby Coach

Japan wants Joseph to remain national rugby coach

Japanese rugby's governing body has decided to officially ask the national team's head coach, Jamie Joseph, to stay in the post after leading the side to the best eight in the World Cup for the first time ever.

The president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, Shigetaka Mori, told reporters that a panel made the decision on Thursday. The decision was reportedly unanimous.

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Japan Rugby Coach, Captain 'proud' Of The Team

Japan rugby coach, captain 'proud' of the team

The members of Japan's national rugby team have looked back on their performance in the World Cup, one day after failing to reach the semifinals.

Head coach Jamie Joseph and the 31 players held a news conference on Monday in Tokyo.

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Japan Falls To 8th Place In World Rugby Rankings

Japan falls to 8th place in world rugby rankings

Japan's national rugby team has dropped two places to eighth in the global rankings after being defeated by South Africa in a World Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.

The international rugby governing body, World Rugby, is updating the rankings after each match during the event in Japan.

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2020 Olympics: Marathon May Take Place In Sapporo

2020 Olympics: Marathon may take place in Sapporo

The International Olympic Committee says it is considering moving the marathon and race walking events for next year's Tokyo Olympics to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

The IOC announced this on Wednesday, citing cooler conditions expected in the city in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

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Pm Abe Congratulates National Rugby Team

PM Abe congratulates national rugby team

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Japan's national rugby team on reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time.

Abe tweeted that the players defeated one of the world's top teams by believing in themselves and never giving up. He also wrote that people affected by the powerful typhoon must have been encouraged and cheered by the team's brave attitude.

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Japan Reaches Knockout Stage Of Rugby World Cup

Japan reaches knockout stage of Rugby World Cup

In the Rugby World Cup, Japan beat Scotland 28 to 21 on Sunday, advancing to the knockout stage for the first time.

Japan finished at the top of Pool A, and will face South Africa in the quarterfinal to be held at Tokyo Stadium on October 20.

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Rugby: Japan Vs. Scotland Game To Go Ahead

Rugby: Japan vs. Scotland game to go ahead

The organizers of the Rugby World Cup in Japan have announced that the stage pool match between Japan and Scotland will take place as scheduled on Sunday.

Japan will advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a draw. It can still qualify even if it loses the game, depending on bonus points.

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Osaka To Pick Japan Nationality For Olympics

Osaka to pick Japan nationality for Olympics

Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she aims to play for the host country of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by choosing Japanese nationality.

Osaka, the world's No.3-ranked women's player, told NHK in Tokyo on Thursday that she's already begun the procedure to choose Japanese citizenship.

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Two Rugby World Cup Games Canceled Due To Typhoon

Two Rugby World Cup games canceled due to typhoon

Organizers of the Rugby World Cup in Japan have announced that two pool-stage matches on Saturday will be canceled because of potential impact of a violent typhoon approaching Japan.

The event's organizing committee and the sport's governing body World Rugby announced the decision on Thursday.

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Rugby Superfan On A Colorful Mission

Rugby superfan on a colorful mission

The Rugby World Cup continues to excite people across Japan and beyond. One super-fan is taking things to the next level... energizing the stands, with his torso painted like a team jersey.

Hiroshi Moriyama has been pumping up crowds, donning only body paint from the waist up.

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Racewalker Yamanishi Wins Gold, Olympic Spot

Racewalker Yamanishi wins gold, Olympic spot

Japan's Toshikazu Yamanishi has won the men's 20-kilometer racewalking event at the track and field world championships in Qatar. Yamanishi's victory earns him a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The race started at 11:30 PM on Friday, in temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius and high humidity.

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Japan Ready For Samoa Challenge In Rugby World Cup

Japan ready for Samoa challenge in Rugby World Cup

In the Rugby World Cup, Saturday could be a day of reckoning for host nation Japan. It faces Samoa, with a win increasing the possibility of making the knock-out stages for the first time ever.

Center Ryoto Nakamura was pivotal in last week's shock victory over Ireland. He says the players are ready for Saturday.

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