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SPORTS JAPAN

SPORTS JAPAN tells you everything about the exciting world of Japanese sports and martial arts with in-depth analysis and up-to-the-minute stories.

Ayako Kisa

Originally from Tokyo, Ayako lived in Los Angeles for 7 years during her childhood. She later became a well-known newscaster for Fuji TV and married US Major League baseball player Kazuhisa Ishii. She went on to become a freelance TV personality appearing on various news, variety and sports shows.

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ON AIR SCHEDULE (UTC)

Fri.4:30 - 5:00
8:30 - 9:00
16:30 - 17:00
22:30 - 23:00

Jul. 10, Fri.

Weightlifting

Weightlifting is a sport that the Japanese take very seriously with the public closely following its competitors in international competition. We show highlights from the All Japan Championships and follow the rivalry of two of Japan's top females. We look back over their past battles including their hard-fought contest at the 2012 London Olympics. We also introduce an up-and-coming 16 year old, who is focused on winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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    Reiko Chinen
    Reiko is an experienced weightlifter who took 3rd place at the All Japan Weightlifting Championships in 1989, 1990. Since retiring from competition, she has served as a referee and Technical Committee Secretary for the International Weightlifting Federation.

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