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Travel updates: Taipei bans dining-in, Japan extends Covid-19 emergency

From Japan opening large-scale vaccination centers in Tokyo and Osaka while extending Covid-19 emergency to Taiwan’s capital 'Taipei' banning all on-site dining and drinking and Malaysia imposing new restrictions to curb coronavirus, catch all the travel updates here
Travel updates: Taipei bans dining-in, Japan extends Covid-19 emergency(Photo by Emran Yousof on Unsplash)
Travel updates: Taipei bans dining-in, Japan extends Covid-19 emergency(Photo by Emran Yousof on Unsplash)
Published on May 24, 2021 11:02 AM IST
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Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline

Japan's Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures will all see their emergency coronavirus measures lifted as infections have declined significantly across the country since peaking in early January after a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had swept the nation
Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline(Photo by Chris Yang on Unsplash)
Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline(Photo by Chris Yang on Unsplash)
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 09:50 AM IST
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Naomi Osaka’s battle to unmask racism to go on

The world’s highest-paid female athlete, Naomi Osaka, born in Japan and brought up in the US, used her popularity around the world and one of the biggest sporting stages to highlight racial injustice.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is driven away after posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is driven away after posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 06:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByRutvick Mehta

When protests rock the world of sport

Most organised sport have rules against protests, citing a supremely hypocritical adage that “sport and politics should not mix”. With the wave of protest culture running through sport now, perhaps it is time to lay these old notions to rest.
Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2020 US Open tennis tournament(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2020 US Open tennis tournament(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 03, 2020 08:34 PM IST
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US Open: Osaka allays injury fears in three-set win over Doi

The past week saw Osaka, 22, emerge as tennis’ torchbearer in protests against racial injustice and she walked out to the court wearing a mask featuring the name of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police officers who burst into her apartment in March.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates after defeating Misaki Doi, of Japan, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates after defeating Misaki Doi, of Japan, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 10:41 AM IST
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NEW YORK | ByReuters

Becker applauds Osaka protest over racial injustice

The 22-year-old’s move prompted the WTA Tour and ATP Tour to pause the tournament for a day as a show of support.
Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka looks dejected after the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/Files(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka looks dejected after the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/Files(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 10:20 PM IST
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LONDON | ByReuters

Osaka reaches semis then withdraws to protest racial injustice

Osaka joins similar protests by athletes in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Sunday in Wisconsin.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, looks to return a shot to Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, during the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in New York.(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, looks to return a shot to Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia, during the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in New York.(AP)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 07:46 AM IST
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New York | ByReuters

Osaka’s agent: 2-time Slam champ to play US Open, tuneup

The current No. 1 woman, Ash Barty, withdrew from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Slam tournament is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.
Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020. Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 30, 2020 11:29 PM IST
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New York | ByAssociated Press

Sania, Osaka to be part of five-day virtual summer festival

With the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 postponed until 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Airbnb, will bring the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics online with a curated program of activities hosted by athletes for the first time.
Sania Mirza of India(Getty Images)
Sania Mirza of India(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 02:14 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Review: Breasts and Eggs, a Novel by Mieko Kawakami

Humorous, ironic and occasionally tragic-comic, the Japanese writer’s new novel looks at the ways in which many women have quietly subverted gender roles
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Fertility: Jeff Koons' "Baroque Egg With Bow" sculpture at Sotheby's in New York May 1, 2009.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVrinda Nabar

Virus forces Japan Davis Cup tie behind closed doors

The Davis Cup decision comes a day after football’s top-flight J-League postponed all matches until March 15.
File photo of tennis.(File)
File photo of tennis.(File)
Updated on Feb 26, 2020 02:05 PM IST
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Tokyo | ByAFP

Snow problem for Japan’s ice sculpture festival

Snowfall in Sapporo has been less than half the annual average, according to the Japan Meterological Agency’s local observatory. High temperatures melted the snow in mid-December and the mercury is expected to stay above average.
A boy walks through the snow to get closer to a large snow sculpture during the 71st Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Taking place in February in the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture, the snow festival is the largest winter celebration in Japan. It showcases more than 200 ice and snow sculptures, expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors each day. The park will serve as the start and finish points of both marathon and race walk at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(AP)
A boy walks through the snow to get closer to a large snow sculpture during the 71st Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Taking place in February in the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture, the snow festival is the largest winter celebration in Japan. It showcases more than 200 ice and snow sculptures, expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors each day. The park will serve as the start and finish points of both marathon and race walk at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(AP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2020 10:33 AM IST
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Sapporo, Japan | ByAgence France-Presse

‘She smelled expensive’ - Naomi Osaka reveals Beyonce pep talk

The two-time Grand Slam champion, who will be defending her Australian Open title this month, bumped into Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z while still “depressed” after losing in the fourth round at the US Open.
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 08:33 AM IST
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Brisbane | ByAFP

Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective

An upbeat Osaka told reporters ahead of the season-opening Brisbane International that she had tried to have a bit of fun and experience new things during the off-season, which meant her “first vacation ever”.
Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to the media(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to the media(AP)
Published on Jan 05, 2020 02:29 PM IST
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Brisbane | ByAFP

Naomi Osaka out of WTA Finals with shoulder injury

The Japanese world number three was due to face Australia’s Ash Barty later in the day and her place in the tournament will now be taken by alternate Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
File image of Japan tennis star Naomi Osaka.(AP)
File image of Japan tennis star Naomi Osaka.(AP)
Updated on Oct 29, 2019 01:12 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in thrilling WTA finals opener

Opening the $14 million round-robin tournament, the first in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the world No.3 regrouped from several lethargic stretches to win 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.(REUTERS)
Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 27, 2019 05:42 PM IST
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Shenzhen, China | ByAgence France-Presse

WTA Finals: Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka drawn in same group

French Open champion Barty and Australian Open winner Osaka were joined by the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the Red Group.
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia with their trophies.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia with their trophies.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 25, 2019 09:44 PM IST
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Osaka ends Caroline Wozniacki’s China Open reign to set up Barty final

The 21-year-old Japanese, who on Friday ended Bianca Andreescu’s run of 17 wins in a row, took time to settle against Denmark’s Wozniacki.
Naomi Osaka of Japan and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark after Osaka won the match.(REUTERS)
Naomi Osaka of Japan and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark after Osaka won the match.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2019 08:42 PM IST
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Beijing | ByAgence France-Presse

Naomi Osaka reaches China Open round two despite being ‘riled up’

Osaka, who plays Andrea Petkovic of Germany next in Beijing, was disappointed that she was unable to replicate the form which won her the Pan Pacific Open in Japan a week ago.
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Updated on Sep 29, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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Beijing | ByAFP

Naomi Osaka ends title drought at home Pan Pacific Open

The former world number one overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour to make it third time lucky in finals at the tournament after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018.
Japan's Naomi Osaka makes a forehand return to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.(AP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka makes a forehand return to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.(AP)
Updated on Sep 22, 2019 02:12 PM IST
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Tokyo | ByAFP

Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens bow out of Pan Pacific Open

The Dutchwoman recovered well to share the opening four games with Pavlyuchenkova but dropped her serve in the fifth, failing to keep up with her unseeded opponent’s devastating backhands.
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands hits to Julia Goerges of Germany.(USA TODAY Sports)
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands hits to Julia Goerges of Germany.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 19, 2019 06:47 PM IST
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Watch: PM Modi meets Malaysian premier; discusses Zakir Naik’s extradition

PM Modi met Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe and Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Russia’s Vladivostok.
Updated on Sep 05, 2019 11:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHindustan Times

The world’s most liveable cities are generally less global capital, more regional second city

Vienna took the No. 1 spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability ranking for the second year running, confirming that life is officially better on the banks of the Danube than it is by the Yarra River in Melbourne, which took second place.
The world’s most liveable cities are generally less global capital, more regional second city.(Unsplash)
The world’s most liveable cities are generally less global capital, more regional second city.(Unsplash)
Updated on Sep 04, 2019 12:41 PM IST
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Bloomberg | BySybilla Gross

Vienna named most liveable city for second time

Vienna once again came ahead of Melbourne -- which had held the top ranking for seven years until losing it to Vienna in 2018 -- according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Vienna named most liveable city for second time.(Unsplash)
Vienna named most liveable city for second time.(Unsplash)
Updated on Sep 04, 2019 12:29 PM IST
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Vienna | ByAgence France-Presse

Naomi Osaka ousted by Belinda Bencic while Donna Vekic rallies for US Open win

Belinda Bencic’s 7-5, 6-4 triumph, her WTA-best sixth over a top-five foe this year, ensured 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka will fall from the world number one spot next week.
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates after her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan.(USA TODAY Sports)
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates after her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 03, 2019 07:27 AM IST
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New York | ByAgence France-Presse

US Open 2019: Serena mentor on coaching at 2018 final - “I’d do it again”

Beaten finalist Williams was given a warning for a coaching violation after Mouratoglou gestured in the stands during the dramatic decider against Naomi Osaka.
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Petra Martic, of Croatia(AP)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Petra Martic, of Croatia(AP)
Published on Sep 02, 2019 09:06 AM IST
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New York | ByReuters

Coco Gauff takes doubles win after tearful US Open singles exit

The 15-year-old US sensation who made the fourth round at Wimbledon in July was routed 6-3, 6-0 by 21-year-old Japanese world number one Osaka on Saturday, her tears after the loss prompting Osaka to entice her to stay on court and speak to the crowd.
Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan comforts Coco Gauff of the US.(AFP)
Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan comforts Coco Gauff of the US.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 02, 2019 05:35 AM IST
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New York | ByAgence France-Presse

Shots that make top women rule the courts

We analysed data from The Tennis Abstract, a website providing shot-by-shot descriptions for several matches (upwards of 50 for each player) to find out how each player likes to dominate the court
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns a shot to Magda Linette, of Poland, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York.(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns a shot to Magda Linette, of Poland, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York.(AP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 09:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByShijith P Kunhitty

U.S. Open: Osaka, Nadal, Coco open campaigns on day two

World number one Naomi Osaka begins her U.S. Open title defence on day two of the championships on Tuesday.
File image of Naomi Osaka(USA TODAY Sports)
File image of Naomi Osaka(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 09:44 AM IST
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New York | ByReuters

‘Fast healer’ Naomi Osaka ready for US Open title defence

Osaka sought treatment and briefly returned to the court to play two more points but was broken to fall 2-0 behind in the third set against American Sofia Kenin before retiring.
File photo of Naomi Osaka.(USA TODAY Sports)
File photo of Naomi Osaka.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 24, 2019 02:25 AM IST
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