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Morichika Nakamoto
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 16, 2023
Still finding feet, Japan unwavering in World Cup preparation
Saturday's defeat to an All Blacks XV followed a more one-sided loss to the touring team by a Japan XV a week earlier in Tokyo.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 16, 2023
Late surge not enough as Japan again falls to All Blacks XV
Japan turned to experience by starting the likes of Shota Horie and Keita Inagaki in the teams' second friendly, but trailed from the ninth minute.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 14, 2023
Japan names squad for match against All Blacks XV
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has brought in some familiar names for Saturday's non-test match featuring a Brave Blossoms side out to avenge last weekend's 38-6 defeat to the All Blacks XV.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Mar 26, 2023
Hajime Moriyasu begins ringing in changes as Japan seeks new heights
Friday's draw against Uruguay offered positive signs heading toward the start of qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Mar 25, 2023
Takuma Nishimura goal gives Japan friendly draw with Uruguay
Uruguay captain Federico Valverde headed in the 38th-minute opener in front of 61,855 on a rainy night in the Japanese capital before the F. Marinos forward answered in the 75th minute.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jul 4, 2022
Hiroshi Kiyotake feels facing Spain, Germany can help Japan at World Cup
'It'd be normally looked at as a tough group, but I felt we've gone into a good one. I was hoping for us to go in there a bit and thought, 'Wow, it'd be interesting.''
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jun 16, 2022
Japan may need to head back to drawing board before World Cup
In Group E, along with powerhouses Germany and Spain, Japan can only expect to see as much time on the ball as it did against Tunisia when it faces Costa Rica in its second match.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup / FOCUS
Dec 28, 2021
Mentor Masami Ihara sees Takehiro Tomiyasu-anchored defense key at World Cup
Having seen Japan make huge strides since their tournament debut in 1998, the 54-year-old Ihara believes the current team has players with the best potential yet.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2021
Foreign journalists make the best of 'stressful' Olympics COVID-19 rules
The health crisis has changed nearly every aspect of the Olympics for the roughly 4,600 media members from 2,000 outlets visiting Japan.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jan 3, 2021
Diet support keeping beleaguered Olympic athletes fine-tuned
Efforts to improve Japanese athletes' nutrition have paid off on the podium, with stars such as Yuzuru Hanyu counted among the success stories of Ajinomoto's Victory Project.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 21, 2020
IOC's Dick Pound against locals-only crowds for Tokyo Olympics
The senior Olympic official believes that preventing fans from attending the games from overseas would run counter to the event's cosmopolitan spirit.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Apr 7, 2020
'Phantom Olympian' Kenichi Chida staying optimistic despite Tokyo Games postponement
When Tokyo won the rights to host the 2020 Summer Games in 2013, retired top fencer Kenichi Chida was determined to find a role to play, having been one of the "phantom athletes" who never made it to the boycotted 1980 Games in Moscow.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jun 19, 2017
China taking notice of Japan's rising talents
Although the Japan Open showcased Chinese table tennis supremacy rather than Japan's rise, China's stars have a wary eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic hosts — if their words are taken at face value.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jun 18, 2017
Hirano vows to face up to Chinese challenge
It was a cruel reality check for Miu Hirano as her surging run of form came to a shuddering end in the Japan Open quarterfinals, but the 17-year-old vowed to rebuild her game to again challenge China's top players.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 19, 2017
Japan's female curlers using tourney as springboard
Both Japanese curling teams at the Asian Winter Games have their sights firmly set on the Pyeongchang Olympics in a year's time, but this tournament could be bigger for the women after their recent loss in the nationals.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Apr 13, 2013
Tokyo Brits gear up for three-day charity cycle ride to Fukushima
"Ten Brits, 10 Bikes, 300 km, 3 days . . . !" — a group of British expats living in Tokyo will saddle up for a charity cycle ride this month to the disaster-stricken city of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in the sort of fundraising drive that is common back home.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 6, 2013
Weekly rallies keeping antinuclear movement alive after LDP's return
The weekly antinuclear power rallies are still being staged outside the prime minister's office, as evidenced by a gathering of some 3,000 people one recent cold February evening, but the crowds are getting smaller.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
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