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Japan Olympic minister resigns after latest gaffe

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Olympic Minister, Yoshitaka Sakurada, has resigned a year before the Tokyo Games for remarks that offended people affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered nuclear meltdowns in 2011.

Japan cancel friendly with Chile after earthquake

(Reuters) - Japan have cancelled Friday's international friendly with Chile scheduled to be played at the Sapporo Dome after a powerful earthquake struck the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, the country's soccer federation said.

Indonesian medal winners contribute towards Lombok cause

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Several Indonesian medallists at the Asian Games have offered to raise money or donate their win bonuses to the victims of a series of earthquakes that hit Lombok island, killing more than 500 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes.

Anxious athletes from quake-hit Lombok hope to spread smiles back home

FOR athletes from quake-hit Lombok competing at their own country’s Asian Games, the pressure is far greater than the usual quest for gold.

Tsunami-survivor Herold ready to make Asiad waves

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Having spent five days as a child clinging to a tree in the wake of a tsunami, Indian cyclist Deborah Herold has some perspective on the concept of fear of failure in the sporting arena.

Japan's World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday basked in the glow of its World Cup soccer team's historic win over Colombia, a victory that has lifted the nation's mood after an earthquake struck its second-biggest metropolis Osaka.

Japan quake adds to team's worries ahead of Colombia opener

SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Japan has not had the best of preparations for the World Cup in Russia, and news of an earthquake back home added to their worries on Monday, while a false hotel alarm a day before their opener against Colombia did little to help settle the team.

Japan World Cup team send condolences to those affected by Osaka quake

SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Japan's soccer team, on the eve of their opening World Cup match in Russia, sent their condolences to those affected by Monday's earthquake in Osaka, and coach Akira Nishino said some players were worried about family in the area.

Mexicans jubilant over World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors and throngs danced in the streets after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champion Germany.