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/ Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose someone ...

Hirose grabs judo bronze

Sep 10, 2016

Hirose grabs judo bronze

Junko Hirose won judo bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Friday, earning Japan's fourth overall medal, as the country's first gold remains elusive and the slow start continues. Hirose, 25, competing in the 57-kg division of women’s judo for visually impaired athletes, earned an ...

Japanese athletes grab medals on mat, in pool

Sep 9, 2016

Japanese athletes grab medals on mat, in pool

Makoto Hirose claimed silver in the men's 60-kg weight class for judoka with visual impairment to earn Japan's first medal at the Rio Paralympics as full competition got underway on Thursday. His countrymen added two bronze medals, with Satoshi Fujimoto winning the men's 66-kg bronze-medal ...

Sep 3, 2016

Fukushima could host 2020 events

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are working toward staging a baseball and softball game in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Fukushima Prefecture, a source close to the matter said Friday. Baseball and softball were among the five sports approved last month by the ...