Sports in Japan

Japanese sports’ recognition broadly crossed the borders of the archipelago for a long time now.

Martial arts in particular are taught to thousands of apprentices in the world. We can evoke judo, karate, ju-jitsu and aikido (body to body) or kendo (with weapon) which count among the most famous ones. Much more traditional, Sumo is the national sport in Japan. However, and while this is surprising, one of the most popular sports in Japan is baseball.

Japanese inhabitants are a population who practices a lot of sports, especially children and teenagers who are encouraged to do many physical education during long hours every week. This contributes obviously to their good health.

Japan is getting ready to welcome two major international sport events:

  • Rugby World Cup in September and October 2019
  • Tokyo Olympic Games in July and August 2020 
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スポーツ (sports)