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Jan 16, 2017

Brave Blossoms add France test to schedule

The Brave Blossoms will take on France in November, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. The test, slated for Nov. 25 at a venue yet to be specified, gives Jamie Joseph’s squad yet another challenge in what promises to be an exciting year ...

Jan 16, 2017

Japan's visa rules to ease for Indian university students

The government will ease tourist visa application rules for Indian university undergraduates, new graduates and postgraduate students on Feb. 1, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. The change will allow undergraduates, recent graduates and postgraduates to use their enrollment or graduation certificates in place ...

Abe pledges fresh security-related aid to Vietnam

Jan 16, 2017

Abe pledges fresh security-related aid to Vietnam

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese leader Nguyen Xuan Phuc meet in Hanoi to discuss a coordinated response to China’s increasingly aggressive maritime moves amid uncertainty about incoming U.S. leader Donald Trump’s commitment to the region’s stability.

Jan 16, 2017

Lions rename stadium

The Seibu Lions announced Monday that their stadium will be known as MetLife Dome for the next five years. The venue, originally known as Seibu Stadium, opened when the club relocated from Fukuoka in 1979. A roof was erected over the hilltop ballpark in ...

Nishikori confirms he will miss Davis Cup tie

Jan 16, 2017

Nishikori confirms he will miss Davis Cup tie

Kei Nishikori is the latest player to skip the Davis Cup because of the packed calendar, the Japanese confirming on Monday that he would be unavailable for his country’s World Group opener against France following the Australian Open. “I’m not playing because the schedule, ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Jan 16, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Ozeki Kisenosato surrendered his lead at the top of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, but Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also fell for his second straight defeat on Monday, the tourney’s ninth day. Ozeki Kotoshogiku (3-6), who will be demoted from the second-highest rank should ...