Samurai Blue Land In Qatar

Samurai BlueThe national soccer team, which will participate in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, arrived in Qatar after a 16-hour flight on Tuesday.

"(The Asian Cup) is very important event, but it will be tough for us," head coach Alberto Zaccheroni told a local TV station at the airport. "We are now building the team for the next World Cup.

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Waseda Wins First Tokyo - Hakone

Waseda UniversityWaseda University came from behind to capture its first title in 18 years at the Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay on Monday.

Waseda completed the 217.9-kilometer round-trip between Tokyo's Otemachi business district and the spa resort of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture in a new record time of 10 hours, 59 minutes, 51 seconds, wrecking Toyo University's hopes of a third consecutive title.

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Japanese Socc. Players Grow In De

Shinji KagawaThree players on the 23-strong national soccer team, set to play later this month in Qatar's AFC Asian Cup, currently ply their club game in Germany. That number is about to double as three more Samurai Blue have committed to the Bundesliga.

Urawa Reds midfielder Hajime Hosogai agreed to transfer to Bayer Leverkusen and Sanfecce Hiroshima defender Tomoaki Makino will sign with Cologne. Shimizu S-Pulse striker Shinji Okazaki is set to transfer to Stuttgart.

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Sentoryu Gets His Revenge

Sentoryu gets his revengeFormer maegashira Sentoryu avenged a defeat that 15 years ago sent him to sumo's lower divisions, when he knocked out ex-sekiwake Wakashoyo in the first round of their bout in Tokyo on Saturday night.

A clearly out-of-shape Wakashoyo was totally overwhelmed from the opening bell, being sent to the canvas three times inside the first minute and nine seconds of the final bout of Survivor--Round 6 at Face Shinjuku.

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Jfa Rejects Significant Pay Raises

Japan Football TeamThe Japan Football Association said on Monday it opposes the Japan Pro-Footballers Association’s demand for significant pay raises.

JFA senior official Kunji Matsuda said that the amount players received for victories at the World Cup in South Africa this year was 2 million yen per player, up 1 million yen from the previous tournament.

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Kyoko Hamaguchi Wins 14th Title

Kyoko Hamaguchi Kyoko Hamaguchi may no longer be a dominant force globally, but she still reigns supreme on home soil. But the gap continues to narrow.

Hamaguchi captured a record-tying 14th title at the All-Japan wrestling championships, winning the women's 72-kilogram gold medal on Thursday at Tokyo's Yoyogi No. 2 Gym.

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Ishikawa To Appear In Masters

Ryo IshikawaRyo Ishikawa qualified for next year's Masters after finishing 36th in the final world rankings released Sunday.

The 19-year-old Ishikawa is set to make his third straight appearance in the April tournament at Augusta, Georgia. He missed the cut this season after the first two rounds.

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Arsenal Signs Ryo Miyaichi

Ryo Miyaichi Arsenal has confirmed the signing of 18-years old japanese forwarder Ryo Miyaichi , who will be joining the club in January 2011.

He's expected to sign a five-year deal after impressing Arsene Wenger during trial period. Miyaichi is currently recuperating from a double fracture suffered to his leg during trials with Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam.

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Nishioka Signs With Twins

Tsuyoshi NishiokaTsuyoshi Nishioka and the Minnesota Twins have reached preliminary agreement on a three-year contract worth about $10 million.

Twins general manager Bill Smith said earlier Thursday that Nishioka arrived in town earlier in the day from Japan for negotiations and physical exams. Last season's Pacific League batting champ, Nishioka can play shortstop or second base, and the Twins have openings at both positions.

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Japan Host Pacific Nations 2011

Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium Japan will host the 2011 Pacific Nations Cup in Tokyo next July, the International Rugby Board said Thursday.

Japan, which will stage the 2019 Rugby World Cup, play defending champions Samoa, Fiji and Tonga in the six-match tournament to be held at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground.

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Tosanoumi Retires From Sumo

Tosanoumi ToshioFormer sekiwake Tosanoumi announced his retirement from sumo on Wednesday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The 38-year-old Tosanoumi hangs up his mawashi with 11 kinboshi — victories over yokozuna by lower-ranked wrestlers — in his career, the fourth highest number of all time.

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Karate Champ Ewerton Teixeira

Ewerton TeixeiraEwerton Teixeira seems way too nice to be involved in the bone-breaking world of martial arts. But don't be fooled because underneath that relaxed, friendly exterior, the 190-centimeter, 110-kilogram Brazilian karate king is the real deal, to be sure.

Teixeira, 28, is the reigning Kyokushin-kaikan World Open karate champion, a title he won in 2007 by going 8-0 in the tournament sometimes billed as the "Olympics of karate."

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Nakazawa Could Miss Asian Cup

Yuji NakazawaVeteran Japan defender Yuji Nakazawa is unlikely to play in next month’s Asian Cup as he recovers from an injured left knee.

The 32-year-old Nakazawa told Wednesday’s Nikkansports newspaper that: “I don’t want to cause the national team any problems so I’m thinking it’s best not to take part.”

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Saori Kimura Rising Volleyball Star

Saori KimuraLuckily for the host nation, Japan's best players are also among the world's best.

Spiker Saori Kimura is the team's top scorer. Her nickname "Nippon no mirai Saorin Mugendai" or "Infinite Saorin" (Japan's future) tells us exactly how much she means to Japan volleyball.

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