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2023's Top 20 Sports Stories: Numbers 5-1

We express our gratitude to you, our readers, for making these the top 20 sports stories in 2023.

In the dynamic realm of sports, where talent transcends borders and stories of perseverance inspire a global audience, Japanese athletes have carved their own indelible mark. As we reflect on the past year, it's with great excitement and pride that we present the top 20 sports stories that captivated readers on our website, each unraveling the tales of extraordinary feats, triumphs, and the indomitable spirit of Japan's athletic stars.

From the adrenaline-fueled arenas to the quieter moments of personal victories, these articles encapsulate the essence of athleticism, cultural pride, and the unyielding dedication that defines Japanese sportsmanship. Join us as we revisit the stories that resonated most with our readers, celebrating the prowess and resilience of Japanese athletes who have become icons on both domestic and international stages.

We express our gratitude to you, our readers, for making these the top 20 sports stories in 2023.

Editor's note: To provide readers with a broader and more enriching experience, showcasing diverse achievements and narratives of Japanese athletes, we've consolidated the always-popular Ice Time into a single entry where appropriate. This decision was made to avoid excessive repetition, given its slew of top 20 placements.

Numbers 5 - 1

5. [ODDS and EVENS] The Next Generation of Akatsuki Japan Backcourt Stars Has Arrived

By: Ed Odeven

Yuki Kawamura and Keisei Tominaga are only 22 years old, but the talented guards appear ready to be cornerstones of the Akatsuki Japan roster for years to come.

Read the full story

It's just a shoe!

4. Hoshoryu Survives Scare in Ozeki Debut at Autumn Basho

By: Jim Armstrong

Mongolian grappler Hoshoryu was pushed to the brink by Abi but recovered to record an all-important win on Day 1 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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3. Veteran Standout Yudai Baba Joins the Nagasaki Velca

By: Ed Odeven

After an eye-opening experience at the Basketball World Cup, Yudai Baba says he'll aim to improve as a player this season to get ready for the Paris Olympics.

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2. Kotonowaka Beats Takakeisho to Stay Tied for Kyushu Basho Lead

By: Jim Armstrong

Up-and-coming wrestler Atamifuji and ozeki Kirishima also own 9-2 records with four days remaining in the Kyushu Basho in Fukuoka.

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1. 2023-24 Japan Rugby League One Season: Previewing Conference A and B

By: Galileo Ferrari

The reigning champion Kubota Spears look poised to compete for another title in Japan Rugby League One along with Tokyo Sungoliath and the Kobelco Steelers.

Read the Conference A preview

The Wild Knights are determined to avenge their loss in last season's Rugby League One final, while the Eagles and Verblitz are aiming for higher finishes.

Read the Conference B preview


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