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Sep 21, 2016

Olympic medalists to get October parade in Tokyo

Japanese medalists from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics will parade through central Tokyo on Oct. 7 over a 2.5-km course from the Ginza area to the Nihombashi district, a source close to organizers said Wednesday. The route will be significantly longer than the parade held ...

Japan leaves Rio without winning gold

Sep 19, 2016

Japan leaves Rio without winning gold

The final day of competition in Rio on Sunday marked a humiliating moment for Japan, as the country finished its first Paralympics without a gold medal. Japan earned a total of 24 medals — 10 silver and 14 bronze — in what turned out to ...

Japan still chasing gold

Sep 17, 2016

Japan still chasing gold

Japan failed to win any medals Friday at the Rio Paralympics, with the day's best result by Keiichi Kimura who finished fourth in the men's SM11 200-meter individual medley final for swimmers with visual impairment. With just two more days of competition remaining, Japan is ...

Wheelchair fencers exhibit unique skills

Sep 17, 2016

Wheelchair fencers exhibit unique skills

The Paralympic wheelchair fencers enter the arena to the strains of the James Bond theme tune, but even 007 probably couldn't duel while stuck in a chair. Many skillful athletes are overcoming a lot of disabilities at the Rio Games. However, fencers have a unique ...

Japan claims three more medals but wait for gold continues

Sep 16, 2016

Japan claims three more medals but wait for gold continues

Japan added three more medals in athletics, wheelchair tennis and swimming on Thursday, but continued to feel the sting of not achieving a gold medal thus far at the Rio Paralympics. A silver-medal effort from T52 wheelchair racer Tomoki Sato in the men's 1,500 meters ...

'Shark Boy' making splash in, out of Paralympic pool

Sep 14, 2016

'Shark Boy' making splash in, out of Paralympic pool

When South African Achmat Hassiem competes in the Paralympic swimming pool, he motivates himself by imagining a shark just behind — the shark that bit off half his leg a decade ago. The fates of Hassiem and sharks have been inextricably wrapped up since that ...

Sato wins Paralympic track silver; Kunieda crashes out in tennis

Sep 14, 2016

Sato wins Paralympic track silver; Kunieda crashes out in tennis

Wheelchair athlete Tomoki Sato headlined the sixth day of the Rio 2016 Paralympics for Japan, finishing a close second in the men's T52 400-meter race on the Olympic Stadium athletics track on Tuesday. After winning his heat on Monday, Paralympic debutant Sato pushed a 58.88-second ...

Japan boccia squad claims silver medal in Rio

Sep 13, 2016

Japan boccia squad claims silver medal in Rio

Japan's chance of winning its first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics was blown Monday when the four-member boccia squad was defeated by Thailand 9-4 in the mixed team BC1-2 final. Still, the silver was the country's first-ever Paralympic medal in the sport — which ...

/ Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose someone ...