Japan Men's Team In Business, Women In Economy

Japan men's team in business, women in economyJapan's world champion women's football team has taken exception to flying economy while their male counterparts sat in business class on a flight to Europe for the Olympics.

The women's team was assigned seats in premium economy for the 13-hour flight to Paris while the nation's under-23 men's team was up front on the same flight.

Swimming: Japan Withdraws From Men 400-meter Relay

Swimming: Japan withdraws from men 400-meter relayJapan is withdrawing its entry in the men's 400-meter relay at the London Olympics after it was learned that two of its swimmers were not qualified to participate in the event, the Japan Swimming Federation announced Tuesday.

Volleyball: Japan Men Miss Out On Olympic Berth

Volleyball: Japan men miss out on Olympic berthThe Japanese men's hope for a second consecutive Olympic appearance ended in heartbreak Sunday before they even stepped on the court for their final match at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Volleyball: Japanese Men Lose Olympic Qualifying Opener To Serbia

Volleyball: Japanese men lose Olympic qualifying opener to SerbiaJapan failed to put up much of a fight in its opening match of the men's world Olympic qualifiers, losing 3-0 to Serbia on Friday.

Japan went down 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 to the world's No. 7 team at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, where the Serbs were led by 13 points from Nikic Milos and 10 each from Nikola Kovacevic and Marko Podrascanin.

Table Tennis : Japanese Men Lose In Semis At Team Worlds

Table tennis : Japanese men lose in semis at team worldsJapan lost to host Germany 3-1 in the men's semifinals to settle for a bronze medal at the world team table tennis championships Saturday.

Japanese No. 1 Jun Mizutani, ranked eighth in the world, lost both of his matches in straight sets -- to 10th-ranked Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the opening match and sixth-ranked Timo Boll in the fourth match.

There is no third-place contest between the losing teams of the semifinals.

Figure Skating : Takahashi 3rd After Men Short Program, Hanyu 7th

Figure Skating : Takahashi 3rd after men short program, Hanyu 7thDaisuke Takahashi again took a backseat to Patrick Chan as the Olympic bronze medalist placed third in the men's short program of the world championships on Friday.   Takahashi's 85.72 points left him 3.69 points behind reigning world champion Chan, who beat the Japanese by nearly 30 points at the Four Continents last month.

Table Tennis: Japan Men Reach Quarterfinals Of Team World Championships

Table tennis: Japan men reach quarterfinals of team world championshipsAce Jun Mizutani came from behind to win the opening game and then went on to seal victory as Japan beat Slovakia to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's competition at the world team table tennis championships on Wednesday.

Mizutani battled back to beat Peter Sereda 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 and capped a 3-1 victory when he swept Thomas Keinath 11-3, 11-6, 11-5, earning Japan top spot in Group D with a 4-1 record.

Table Tennis: Japan Men Beat Croatia At World Championships

Table Tennis: Japan men beat Croatia at world championshipsJapan defeated Croatia 3-0 in the men's competition at the world team table tennis championships on Tuesday, improving to a 2-1 record in Group D.

Japan, which has finished third at the last two championships, won the first match thanks to 17-year-old Koki Niwa. London Olympics-bound Jun Mizutani took the second match before Kenji Matsudaira eked out another win in the third.