But will the global athletics supremo’s comments give the Japanese capital a big boost in the next few years?
Masters champion Matsuyama stayed in contention but missed clutch putts down the stretch.
Hideki Matsuyama is one stroke off the pace entering the final round of the men’s golf tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Unheralded Austrian Sepp Straka takes the early lead with an Olympic-record 63 at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
"I feel a great responsibility being appointed captain of the Japanese delegation to the Olympics held in our own nation.”
Several Hanshin players are having productive seasons at the plate to help carry the team to the top.
Shoma Doi scored a hat trick to lead the hosts to a 5-3 victory in the J. League showdown.
Manager Toru Oniki's club has played 12 games this season, winning 10 times and earning two draws.
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Ohtani's powerful swing produced "the hardest-hit ball in the majors so far this season," the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
The Ehime Prefecture native became the first Japanese man to win a golf major.