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[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] The Week That Was

Ed Odeven

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The author is on assignment this weekend, but it’s been a busy week so far. 

Take another look at the major stories of the week.

An Olympic Team Takes Form: Judo

Sports coverage began with a recap of Hifumi Abe’s epic victory over Joshiro Maruyama to earn the final spot on Japan’s Olympic judo squad.

Smiling Cinderalla Charms the Golf World Again

Golfer Hinako Shibuno’s fourth-place finish in the U.S. Women’s Open is recapped here.

Good Rivalry at the Koshien Bowl

The latest Odds and Evens column highlighted the history of the Koshien Bowl and the American football rivalry between Kwansei Gakuin University and Nihon University, this year’s participants.

Japanese Racer Joins Formula One Team

Also, Yuki Tsunoda, a 20-year-old race-car driver, joined Formula One team Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda for the 2021 season.

Stay tuned for our special year-end sports feature and wrap-up stories, beginning December 27.

Author: Ed Odeven

Follow Ed on JAPAN Forward’s [Japan Sports Notebook] on Sundays,  in [Odds and Evens] during the week, and Twitter @itsjapanforward.

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Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.