At the U.S. Open last month, Naomi Osaka wore a different mask for each match, each with the name of a Black person killed by the police in the United States.
News editor Joel Tansey discusses the impact of Naomi Osaka’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement both in the U.S. and Japan, and what a new wave of activism in sports might mean for next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
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- Outstanding Osaka: Japanese star captures second U.S. Open title (Joel Tansey, The Japan Times)
- Naomi Osaka is the role model that Japan needs right now (Baye McNeil, The Japan Times)
- Black Lives Matter prompts important conversations in Japanese sports (Kaz Nagatsuka, The Japan Times)
- Naomi Osaka’s Japanese sponsors hesitant to comment on activism (AP via The Japan Times)
- Naomi Osaka gives voice to victims of racial injustice at U.S. Open (Kyodo)
- Episode 6: What a week for Naomi Osaka (Deep Dive)
- U.S. Open 2020 Winner’s Speech (U.S. Open via YouTube)
- Naomi Osaka on leading tennis to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake (ESPN via YouTube)
- Sebastian Coe says athletes should be allowed to protest at Tokyo Olympics (AP via The Japan Times)
- I used the podium to protest. The Olympic Committee punished me. (NYT via The Japan Times)
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