Naomi Osaka Wins Breakthrough Of The Year Award

Naomi Osaka wins Breakthrough of the Year Award

Tennis star Naomi Osaka's soaring success in 2018 has been rewarded with the Breakthrough of the Year prize at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Winners of the prestigious awards were announced in Monaco on Monday. Osaka is the first Japanese to be honored since the Laureus awards began in 2000.

Japanese Filmmaker Wins Grammy

Japanese filmmaker wins Grammy

Japanese filmmaker Hiro Murai has been honored at Sunday's annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

His music video for American rapper Childish Gambino's song "This is America" won its category.

Hosoda's Anime Film "mirai" Wins Annie Award

Hosoda's anime film

Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda's film, "Mirai," won the Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The award is often called the Oscar of animated films.
The category is for films shown at fewer than 1,000 theaters in the United States.

Tamawashi Wins First Sumo Tournament

Tamawashi wins first sumo tournament

In sumo, Tamawashi, a third-ranked Sekiwake wrestler from Mongolia, has clinched his first title.

Tamawashi beat rank-and-file wrestler Endo on the final day of the New Year tournament in Tokyo on Sunday.

Nishikori Wins Brisbane International

Nishikori wins Brisbane International

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has clinched his first title in almost three years by winning the men's singles final at the Brisbane International tournament in Australia.

The world's number nine player beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Sunday.

Nogizaka46 Wins The 'japan Record Awards' For The Second Consecutive Year

Nogizaka46 wins the 'Japan Record Awards' for the second consecutive year

On December 30, the final selection for the '60th Japan Record Award" was held, and Nogizaka46's "Synchronicity" won the grand prize. 

Nogizaka46's "Influencer" won the 'Japan Record Award' last year making this their second consecutive year winning the award. Shiraishi Mai commented, "I am very happy. I didn't think we would win the grand prize, so I am full of gratitude." Sakurai Reika similarly stated, "I was proud to receive it last year, and because of it, this year has been a wonderful year. Since we received it again this year, I hope to do my best so that we can jump even further." Finally, Nishino Nanase, who will be graduating from the group, expressed, "This was the happiest thing this year. Thank you very much."

Ohtani Wins Pro Sports Award

Ohtani wins pro sports award

Japanese two-way baseball player Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels has been awarded the grand prize by the Japan Professional Sports Association for his notable performance in Major League Baseball.

At a ceremony in Tokyo on Thursday, Ohtani received this year's Japan Pro Sports Award.

Harimoto, 15, Wins Table Tennis Grand Finals

Harimoto, 15, wins table tennis grand finals

Japanese table tennis star Tomokazu Harimoto has set another record by becoming the youngest winner of a singles title in the World Tour Grand Finals.

The 15-year-old Harimoto, the world's number 5 player, beat 4th-ranked Lin Gaoyuan of China in the final of the tournament in South Korea on Sunday.

Kihira Wins Figure Skating Grand Prix Final

Kihira wins figure skating Grand Prix Final

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira has won the women's event at the Grand Prix final in Vancouver, Canada, in her debut season.

16-year-old Kihira defeated PyeongChang Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia on Saturday.

Japanese Writer Wins Top Us Literary Award

Japanese writer wins top US literary award

A novel by a Japanese writer has been picked for the translation category of this year's National Book Awards, the most prestigious US literary prize.

"The Emissary," written in Japanese by Yoko Tawada, was presented the award at a ceremony in New York on Wednesday.

Ohtani Wins Mlb Rookie Of The Year

Ohtani wins MLB Rookie of the Year

Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has been named Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year.
Ohtani is the fourth Japanese-born player to win the award following Hideo Nomo, Kazuhiro Sasaki and Ichiro Suzuki.

Yonezu Kenshi's 'lemon' Wins Best Theme Song At Tokyo Drama Award

Yonezu Kenshi's 'Lemon' wins Best Theme Song at Tokyo Drama Award

Yonezu Kenshi's "Lemon" has won the 'Best Theme Song' award at the 'Tokyo Drama Award 2018.' 

The 'Tokyo Drama Award' recognizes excellent dramas that the Japanese want to show the world and have the possibility of doing well overseas. "Lemon" was used as the theme song for the TBS drama 'Unnatural' (January 2018) starring Ishihara Satomi. He accepted a trophy at the award ceremony held on October 25 at Tokyo Prince Hotel.