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2020 farm exports hit record high for eighth year

Business Feb 5, 2021

2020 farm exports hit record high for eighth year

Agriculture, fishery and forestry exports in 2020 hit a record high for the eighth consecutive year, with household items such as eggs and rice seeing a boost in sales during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the farm ministry said Friday. Preliminary data by the Agriculture, Forestry ...

Tokyo reports 577 new coronavirus cases

National Feb 5, 2021

Tokyo reports 577 new coronavirus cases

Tokyo confirmed 577 new COVID-19 cases Friday, with the daily count in the capital standing below 1,000 for the eighth straight day. Under the metropolitan government's standards, the number of severely ill patients with the coronavirus rose by two from the previous day to 117. Of ...

Rugby union board member fires back at Tokyo Olympic chief

Rugby Feb 5, 2021

Rugby union board member fires back at Tokyo Olympic chief

Mayumi Taniguchi, one of the Japan Rugby Football Union's five female board members, called Tokyo Olympic chief Yoshiro Mori's remarks about women "incomprehensible" and "off target" on Friday. "First of all, there is no truth in what he said," Taniguchi, the director in charge of ...

Floyd Mayweather's Tokyo exhibition postponed over virus restrictions

Boxing Feb 5, 2021

Floyd Mayweather's Tokyo exhibition postponed over virus restrictions

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's exhibition fight in Tokyo this month has been postponed because of coronavirus restrictions, organizers announced Friday. The retired former champion, now 43, was scheduled to fight against an unnamed opponent at Tokyo Dome on Feb. 28, but organizers pulled the plug ...

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin crashes as warm-ups resume

Tennis Feb 5, 2021

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin crashes as warm-ups resume

A teary-eyed Sofia Kenin lost a repeat of last year's Australian Open final against Garbine Muguruza as warm-up tournaments for the Grand Slam resumed Friday after the latest coronavirus scare. World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty grinded out a tough win over Shelby Rogers but fourth-ranked ...

Keisuke Honda set to join Portimonense

Soccer Feb 5, 2021

Keisuke Honda set to join Portimonense

Keisuke Honda will join Portuguese first-division side Portimonense until the end of the season after parting ways with Brazilian club Botafogo, the former Japan midfielder said Thursday. The 34-year-old Honda, who also had spells with AC Milan, CSKA Moscow, Dutch sides Vitesse Arnhem and VVV-Venlo, ...

NHL announces enhanced COVID-19 protocols

Ice Hockey Feb 5, 2021

NHL announces enhanced COVID-19 protocols

The NHL had a difficult Wednesday, with 40 players landing on the list of absences caused by COVID-19. On Thursday, the league announced a series of additional coronavirus protocols. The league statement includes comments from commissioner Gary Bettman, who said, of the 100 players on ...

New Formula One boss says organization won't jump vaccine queue

Auto Racing Feb 5, 2021

New Formula One boss says organization won't jump vaccine queue

Formula One will not try to jump the queue for vaccines to protect its longest-ever season from the COVID-19 pandemic, new boss Stefano Domenicali said. Some countries have drawn criticism by vaccinating their athletes, or planning to do so, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Soccer bosses ...