The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are close to choosing J-Village, a soccer training facility near the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor, as the starting point of the Olympic torch relay.
The relay is planned to start somewhere in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011. The area's recovery is an underlying theme of the games.
CHESTER, Pennsylvania--Alex Morgan scored her 99th international goal, but Yuka Momiki responded with a stoppage-time equalizer and Japan tied the United States 2-2 on Wednesday night in the SheBelieves Cup tuneup tournament for the Women's World Cup.
Megan Rapinoe also scored for the Americans in a rematch of the last two Women's World Cup finals.
It's been reported that former AKB48 member Takajo Aki (27) and Takahashi Yuji (25) professional soccer player for Sagan Tosu, tied the knot on February 15.
On her SNS account, Takajo commented, "Please excuse me for this personal matter, but today, I have registered my marriage with Sagan Tosu's Takahashi Yuji-san. By supporting each other as husband and wife, I hope to build a cheerful and peaceful family. I am still very immature, but please continue to support me." Takahashi wrote a similar message on his SNS account.
ABU DHABI--Japan have hardly set the tournament alight on their run to the Asian Cup semi-finals, and it looks unlikely coach Hajime Moriyasu is going to throw off the shackles when they meet Iran for a place in the final on Monday.
Three wins by a single goal margin in the group stage were followed by a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the last 16 and a VAR-assisted triumph over Vietnam by the same score in Thursday's quarter-final.
Little Glee Monster's new song "I BELIEVE" has been picked up as the theme song for 'ASIAN ELEVEN.'
'ASIAN ELEVEN' is a soccer exchange program supported by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Football Association of Japan, and Japan Professional Football League. "I BELIEVE" is included in Little Glee Monster's fourth album "FLAVA," which was released on January 16, and was written to give 'ASIAN ELEVEN' activities a boost.