Sumo Association Rejects Takanohana's Accusation

Sumo Association rejects Takanohana's accusation

The Japan Sumo Association has rejected an accusation by stablemaster Takanohana over its handling of an assault case involving one of his wrestlers.

The association's public relations chief, Shibatayama, spoke to reporters after Takanohana submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday. Shibatayama said the stablemaster handed in a notice of retirement, but he needs to submit an official letter of resignation.

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Babies Compete In 'crying Sumo' Contest

Babies compete in 'crying sumo' contest

A "crying sumo" contest for babies was held at a shrine in Kanuma City, north of Tokyo, on Sunday.

Two people playing the role of sumo wrestlers raised the infants over their heads 3 times while shouting at them on the ring set up at Ikiko Shrine.

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Power Failure - Hit Skating Rink In Hokkaido Reopens

Power failure-hit skating rink in Hokkaido reopens

A skating rink in Tomakomai City in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido has reopened after a power failure caused by an earthquake melted the ice.

Hakucho Oji Ice Arena is the home of the Oji Eagles ice hockey team, a member of the Asia League.

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Hakuho Wins 1,000th Bout In Sumo's Top Division

Hakuho wins 1,000th bout in sumo's top division

Sumo grand champion Hakuho notched an unprecedented 1,000th victory in the sport's top division on his way to claiming his record 41st Emperor's Cup at the autumn tournament on Saturday.

The Mongolian yokozuna finished the previous day with a record of 13 wins and no losses, followed by ozeki champions Takayasu and Goeido with 11 wins and 2 losses.

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Rugby Players Asked To Cover Up Tattoos

Rugby players asked to cover up tattoos

In just one year, some of the toughest athletes are set to hit the pitch in Japan for the Rugby World Cup. As the players gear up to play, they're getting some advice about adhering to local customs, including covering up their tattoos.

Rugby's international governing body is asking players to wear sports vests when visiting gyms and pools. It says tattoos are often associated with Japanese organized crime known as the "yakuza."

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Policeman Stabbed To Death On Police Box Premises

Policeman stabbed to death on police box premises

A police officer has been stabbed to death at a Koban police box in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The 33-year-old officer, Hiroaki Seino, was attacked by a man early on Wednesday on the police box premises. The attacker was shot dead by another police officer at the site.

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Keisuke Honda Starts To Coach Cambodia Soccer Team

Keisuke Honda starts to coach Cambodia soccer team

Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda, who became the effective coach of the Cambodia's national team, says he intends to move forward slowly and steadily to build up the team.

Honda led a practice session of the team for the first time in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

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Police Question Ex - American Football Team Coaches

Police question ex-American football team coaches

Tokyo police have questioned the former coaches of a college American football team in connection with a dangerous tackle by one of its players.

A defender for Nihon University tackled a Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback long after the ball was passed in a game in May. The quarterback suffered injuries that took 3 weeks to heal.

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Ex - Amateur Boxing Chief Quits All Posts

Ex-amateur boxing chief quits all posts

The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation says its former chief Akira Yamane has quit the other amateur boxing bodies he belonged to and resigned from senior posts.

The JABF announced on Wednesday that Yamane revealed his resignations to JABF managing director Teruo Yoshimori.

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Olympic Officials Cool Down Roads With Water

Olympic officials cool down roads with water

Tokyo officials preparing for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have tested a water-sprinkling method for cooling down roads.

They face the major challenge of how to beat the sweltering summer heat and keep athletes and spectators comfortable during the Tokyo Games.

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