Set piece woes add to Socceroos problems ahead of Asian Cup
Set piece woes add to Socceroos problems ahead of Asian Cup

Australia cannot afford to give up goals from set pieces as they did against Japan on Tuesday if they want to win the Asian Cup on home soil in January, according to central defender Alex Wilkinson.

Australia`s Samantha Stosur into Osaka final
Australia`s Samantha Stosur into Osaka final

Former US Open winner Samantha Stosur beat Ukraine`s Elina Svitolina on Saturday to reach the Japan Women`s Open final as she seeks the first successful title defence of her career.

Japan`s bullet train 'shinkansen' hits half century

Fifty years ago, the first bullet train pulled out of Tokyo station and hurtled across the countryside, heralding Japan`s arrival as a modern economic powerhouse with a transport system soon to become the envy of the world.

Australia to face Japan in final Asian Cup warm-up
Australia to face Japan in final Asian Cup warm-up

Australia will warm up for hosting the Asian Cup with a rematch of the 2011 final when they face reigning champions Japan in a friendly in Osaka on Nov. 18.

Japan welcomes another Mongolian grand champ

Japan`s sumo authority on Wednesday promoted a Mongolian wrestler to the top rank, consolidating the land-locked nation`s grip on the ancient sport.

Japan`s Kameda gives up IBF title

Japanese boxer Daiki Kameda said Wednesday he was giving up the International Boxing Federation super-flyweight title which he had retained despite controversy.

Controversial Japan mayor to seek new mandate

The controversial mayor of Japan`s second city, Osaka, is to step down and seek re-election in a bid to prove he has public support for plans to reform local government.

Gamera-Shmyrko wins Osaka marathon

Ukraine`s Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko, running her first full marathon for a year, won the Osaka women`s marathon for the second straight year Sunday.

Seven killed in avalanche in Japan

Seven skiers and mountain climbers were killed in an avalanche Saturday on the snowy North Alps mountain range in Japan`s Toyama prefecture.

Japanese held over `mass murder` threat on Osaka website

Masaki Kitamura in Osaka has been arrested for allegedly posting a message online that said he intended to ‘perpetrate mass murder’.

Defendant pleads not guilty to video parlor arson in Osaka

Defendant pleaded not guilty at the Osaka District Court to charges of arson and murder in connection with a fire at a video-viewing establishment in Osaka.