Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second right) hands an autographed rugby ball to a child at the newly built Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, one of the stadiums to be used for the Rugby World Cup. Photo Kyodo
Tim Noonan
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Tim Noonan

With Ichiro Suzuki retiring, the stage is finally clear for rugby – and Japan – to step forward at the World Cup

  • Retirement of national icon and baseball god Ichiro Suzuki has grabbed the headlines this week
  • Eyes and ears of the country can now be firmly fixed on the upcoming Rugby World Cup in six months’ time

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second right) hands an autographed rugby ball to a child at the newly built Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, one of the stadiums to be used for the Rugby World Cup. Photo Kyodo
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Seattle Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki bows out of baseball at Tokyo Dome. Photo: USA Today
Tim Noonan
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Tim Noonan

Ichiro Suzuki retirement: Asia’s greatest professional athlete and pioneer takes his final bow

  • Japanese player ends his 28-year career in his country’s capital
  • A rapturous crowd of 47,000 says goodbye to its hero

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Seattle Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki bows out of baseball at Tokyo Dome. Photo: USA Today
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