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Japan police urged to take 'light-touch' approach at World Cup

19 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese police have been encouraged to take a "light-touch approach" during the Rugby World Cup, with organisers telling Reuters they had visited host cities to emphasise that while fans will be boisterous they are unlikely to cause trouble.

Olympics: Tokyo ticket lottery to launch for domestic sales on May 9

18 Apr 2019

TOKYO Residents of Japan will be able to apply for tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games from May 9, the organising committee said on Thursday.

Rugby - Kitakyushu a home-from-home for Wales as World Cup nears

17 Apr 2019

KITAKYUSHU, Japan Three school children, trudging away from baseball practice in the southern Japanese city of Kitakyushu, turn and cheer as a local bus drives past.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 marathons to start early due to heat fears

16 Apr 2019

TOKYO Next year's men's and women’s Olympic marathons will start at 6 a.m. local time to try to avoid the worst of Tokyo's blazing summer heat, organisers said on Tuesday.

'They won't let anyone else in' – Japan captain Leitch on Sunwolves expulsion

09 Apr 2019

SAPPORO, Japan Japan captain Michael Leitch has accused some top tier nations of wanting to keep high level rugby to themselves after the Sunwolves, Japan's representatives in Super Rugby, were told they would be cut from the elite competition after the 2020 season.

Australia can be surprise package at World Cup – Gregan

09 Apr 2019

SAPPORO, Japan Australia's most capped player George Gregan has backed the Wallabies to surprise a few people at this year's Rugby World Cup if they can overcome the inconsistencies that have plagued them for the last three years.

Soccer: Spanish great Villa out to make more history in Japan

04 Apr 2019

KOBE, Japan David Villa is happy to chat about many things -- the various leagues he has played in, his family, how travel broadens the mind and even beef -- but when the question of retirement comes up, it draws only a wry smile to his face. | Video

Soccer: 'Best ever' Messi constant in Barca evolution, says Villa

03 Apr 2019

KOBE, Japan Lionel Messi is the best player ever and Barcelona owe their success to their evolution to a more direct style from a possession-based passing game, the club's former player David Villa has said.

Rugby: Letting Larkham go was tough decision but change was needed - Cheika

03 Apr 2019

TOKYO The decision to sack Australia attack coach Stephen Larkham in February was a tough one but it was a choice that had to be made if the Wallabies are to have a shot at winning this year's Rugby World Cup, head coach Michael Cheika has said.

Rugby: Wales only in it to win it at Japan's World Cup - Bennett

27 Mar 2019

KITAKYUSHU, Japan Wales, charged with confidence following their Grand Slam triumph, will be arriving in Japan later this year with the sole aim of bringing home the World Cup for the first time, according to assistant coach Huw Bennett.

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North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanising support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in a limbo.