Sota Fujii's incredible success and quirky charm have made him a household name in Japan.
Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.
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The sport is one of four making their debut at the Games, but it has already been dropped for Paris 2024.
The 32-year-old etched his name into Olympic history at the Rio Games in 2016, becoming the first male gymnast in 44 years to retain his all-around title.
The retired Japanese judoka said he would love to see Riner match his own triple tally at Tokyo's historic Nippon Budokan arena.
National Rifle Association of Japan president Kiichiro Matsumaru said Japan's laws make it difficult for the nation to host international shooting events.
Nine players over the age of 40, including ageless Miura and other former national team stars, will be plying their trade for J. League clubs this season.
In an interview marking the six-month countdown to the Summer Games, Toshiro Muto did not rule out the possibility that events will take place behind closed doors amid the ongoing pandemic.
Tokyo looks to find the right balance between encouraging creative expression and protecting buildings from vandalism.
As the world’s hunger for Japanese cuisine grows, so does its thirst for the country’s iconic drink.
An iconic Tokyo record store prepares to close, leaving vinyl fans fearing for the future.