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Nick Mulvenney
For Nick Mulvenney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Coco Gauff of the United States celebrates the match point against Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday.
TENNIS
Jan 23, 2024
Gauff survives Kostyuk test to reach Australian Open semis
"I'm really proud of the fight I showed today, Marta's a tough opponent, every time we play it's a tough match," Gauff said.
Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka hits a return against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko during their third round match on Friday at the Australian Open.
TENNIS
Jan 19, 2024
No handshakes as Belarus' Sabalenka downs Ukraine's Tsurenko
The match was a one-sided affair, as Sabalenka ruthlessly handed the 28th seed Tsurenko a dreaded "double bagel" in 52 minutes.
David Warner walks off the pitch in his final test cricket match on Saturday in Sydney.
MORE SPORTS / Cricket
Jan 6, 2024
Entertainer Warner bows out of cricket test game a winner
Australia opener David Warner said he hoped to be remembered as an entertainer after retiring from cricket's longest format at his home ground in the wake of a third test victory over Pakistan on Saturday.
Chile's Joaquin Niemann (left) and Japan's Rikuya Hoshino line up their putts during a playoff on the final day of the Australian Open in Sydney on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Golf
Dec 3, 2023
Niemann tops Hoshino in Australian Open playoff
South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai retained the title in the women's Australian Open, being played in parallel on the same course.
South African players celebrate with the Webb Ellis Cup after their win over New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Oct 29, 2023
Springboks hold off 14-man All Blacks to win World Cup
South Africa produced a magnificent defensive display to edge New Zealand 12-11 and win their fourth title.
France's head coach Fabien Galthie (top, center) stands with his players ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between France and South Africa in Saint-Denis, France, on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Oct 16, 2023
France coach Galthie has no regrets over defeat to South Africa
Fabien Galthie's first thoughts after the 29-28 defeat were for the fans who had supported the team so vociferously.
Portugal's historic Rugby World Cup win in Toulouse, France, on Sunday, was a reminder of the challenges Tier 2 nations face in the sport.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Oct 10, 2023
Mind the gap! Rugby's Tier 2 nations want more and better fixtures
Despite providing some moving moments at the Rugby World Cup in France, the sport's minnows are far away from being able to upstage established teams.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation