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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Masayo Imura Swimming Legend

Masayo Imura swimming legend"The mother of Japanese synchronized swimming" landed at Beijing Capital International Airport in late August this year to instruct Chinese swimmers once again.

"I never dreamed I would be back here again, but life is like that, I guess," said Masayo Imura, 60, who had been hoping to get the call to revive Japan's synchronized swimming program.

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K - 1 World Gp 2010 Final Results

K1 World GP 2010 Final ResultsIt has been a fantastic night in the K1 World and Alistair Overeem is the new K1 World GP 2010 Champion.

After a hard match with Semmy Schilt , Peter Aerts tried to win his 4th K1 World GP Title but failed against Alistair Overeem.

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F.c. Tokyo Were Relegated

F.C. Tokyo were relegated F.C. Tokyo were relegated to the lower division after a shocking 2-0 loss to Kyoto Sanga while Vissel Kobe survived in the top flight after a 4-0 drubbing of the Urawa Reds on the last day of the J.League season on Saturday.

Entering the final Round 34, the Gasmen had one point advantage over 16th-place Vissel.

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Japan Eyes 2017 Winter Asiad Bid

Japan eyes 2017 Winter Asiad bid The Japanese Olympic Committee will make a formal request that the cities of Sapporo and Obihiro bid to cohost the 2017 Asian Winter Games, sources said Tuesday.

JOC president Tsunekazu Takeda, who received a request from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to host the winter event, is scheduled to visit Sapporo on Dec. 3.

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