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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.



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

Apr. 3, Fri.

Running in Harmony

Running for visually impaired athletes is a sport which Japan excels at on the international stage. With the profile of parasports in Japan rising in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, we look at the appeal of the sport for the runners and their special guides. We follow some volunteers learning how to guide and see how they fare with their partners in their first-ever competition.

  • [Guest]
    Mara Yamauchi
    Mara is a British marathon runner. She came 6th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and in 2009 set her personal best in the London Marathon. Mara is currently on leave from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to focus on her running career.

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