Sep 15, 2013

Abe's 2020 vision challenged

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that the Olympics would put Tokyo "at the center of the world." But the real question is: Will Japan use the Olympics to join the real world

Three second-half goals carry Japan past Ghana

Sep 10, 2013

Three second-half goals carry Japan past Ghana

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Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa sparked a second-half fightback as Japan came from a goal behind to beat Ghana 3-1 in a friendly on Tuesday night. Frank Acheampong sent the West Africans into halftime with a shock lead at Nissan Stadium after opening the ...

Japan, Ghana exhibit contrast in styles

Sep 9, 2013

Japan, Ghana exhibit contrast in styles

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni urged his players to hone their touch in front of goal against Ghana on Tuesday — or risk being embarrassed by another of the world’s top teams. The Asian champions coasted past Guatemala 3-0 on Friday in Osaka, but Zaccheroni ...

Sep 9, 2013

Chinese state media mocked for Olympics host city gaffe

Chinese Internet users Sunday mocked state media for mistakenly reporting Istanbul would host the 2020 Olympic Games, the latest in a series of gaffes by the government-backed press. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that Istanbul had won, while state television ran a headline ...

Japan women spikers book spot in FIVB World Championships

Sep 7, 2013

Japan women spikers book spot in FIVB World Championships

The Japan women volleyball’s team secured its spot in next year’s FIVB Women’s World Championships in Italy with a win over Australia on Saturday in Asian qualifying. Japan, which won the bronze medal in last year’s London Olympics and is ranked third in the ...