Olympics/ Don't Expect To Smoke At Tokyo 2020 Games

OLYMPICS/ Don't expect to smoke at Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo is still a smoker's heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don't contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.

However, don't expect to puff away at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

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Tennis/ Shy Naomi Osaka Must Adjust To Limelight, Says Kvitova

TENNIS/ Shy Naomi Osaka must adjust to limelight, says Kvitova

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says Naomi Osaka's shyness is a problem for her as she struggles to deal with the increased scrutiny in the wake of her success at the Grand Slams and her rise to the top of the world rankings.

A tearful Osaka admitted difficulty in dealing with the attention of being the world's top-ranked woman after a shock defeat by France's Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

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New Emperor To Open Olympics And Paralympics

New Emperor to open Olympics and Paralympics

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito will likely open both the Olympic and Paralympic summer games in Tokyo in 2020 as the new Emperor.

Japan will host the two events after the Crown Prince ascends the throne on May 1st, following Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30th.

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Possible Cap On Pitches In High School Baseball

Possible cap on pitches in high school baseball

Discussions are under way in Japan on whether to limit the number on pitches per pitcher in high school baseball games to try to prevent injuries.

An organizer in Niigata Prefecture on the Japan Sea coast announced in December that it plans to introduce a cap of 100 pitches, starting this coming season.

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Paris Rules Out Baseball, Karate In 2024 Olympics

Paris rules out baseball, karate in 2024 Olympics

Baseball, softball and karate will likely be dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics but breakdancing is expected to make its Olympic debut.

Host cities are allowed to pick additional sports and the organizing committee for the Paris Games announced its candidates on Thursday.

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Tokyo Olympic Venues May Be Totally Smoke Free

Tokyo Olympic venues may be totally smoke free

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee is planning to ban smoking in and around all event venues.

The committee previously considered prohibiting smoking inside the buildings where games would be held, but setting up smoking areas on venue grounds for spectators and staff.

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Resort Town Hosts Slipper Table Tennis Tourney

Resort town hosts slipper table tennis tourney

A table tennis tournament using slippers as rackets was held at a hot spring resort in the western Japanese city of Matsue.

More than 300 people, including tourists, gathered in a gymnasium in Tamatsukuri Onsen, a town known for its hot springs. Men's, women's and mixed doubles games were played in tournament style.

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Leukemia - Diagnosed Teenage Athlete Tweets Again

Leukemia-diagnosed teenage athlete tweets again

Japanese swimming sensation Rikako Ikee posted fresh messages on social media to her fans on Wednesday. A day earlier she tweeted that she has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The 18-year-old's updates of her accounts on Twitter and Instagram noted her gratitude for people's support.

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Olympic Minister Apologizes For Leukemia Gaffe

Olympic minister apologizes for leukemia gaffe

Japan's minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has apologized for saying he was disappointed to hear that one of the nation's promising swimmers has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Yoshitaka Sakurada on Wednesday retracted his comments from the previous day about 18-year-old gold medal hopeful Rikako Ikee.

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Media Shown Olympic Venue Construction Sites

Media shown Olympic venue construction sites

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has shown media construction sites for venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics about 18 months before the games' opening.

Domestic and foreign media visited the sites of five venues and the athletes' village on Tuesday.

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Olympic Medalist Kaori Matsumoto Retires From Judo

Olympic medalist Kaori Matsumoto retires from judo

Two-time Olympic medalist Kaori Matsumoto has announced her retirement from judo, saying she has lost her fighting spirit after having a child.

Matsumoto told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday that she will start a new life in a different field.

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No Charges Sought For Ex - Football Coaches

No charges sought for ex-football coaches

NHK has learned that Tokyo police are set to inform prosecutors of their decision not to seek charges against two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

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No Criminal Charges Against Ex - Football Coaches

No criminal charges against ex-football coaches

NHK has learned that Tokyo police are set to inform prosecutors of their decision not to charge two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

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Tokyo To Replace Seismic Dampers At Olympic Pool

Tokyo to replace seismic dampers at Olympic pool

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says it will replace faulty anti-quake devices found at a facility housing a swimming pool to be used in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The 16 faulty shock absorbing dampers have been found at the Olympic Aquatics Center under construction. Officials say the work to replace the faulty devices will not affect its scheduled completion in February 2020.

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