It felt as if 2021 would be the year that sport would resume and a bumper crowd could celebrate the long-awaited Tokyo 2020 Olympics, yet we find ourselves less than three months away still unsure exactly what is going on.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is poised to hold off from calling a general election until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A state of emergency has been declared in Tokyo less than three months before the scheduled opening of the rearranged 2020 Olympic Games in a bid to curb a rise in COVID-19 infections during Japan's Golden Week holidays.
Host-nation Japan looks set for by far its strongest-ever showing at a Summer Olympics if Tokyo 2020 is able to proceed as rescheduled in July and August.
Hideki Matsuyama held his nerve to win The Masters by a single shot and become the first Japanese man to win a golf major.
The Japanese women's wrestling team has withdrawn from the upcoming Asian Championships due to suspected contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
Organisers of the 2026 Asian Games in Aichi and Nagoya have released a series of videos to mark 2,000 days until the event.
Japan is to receive 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by June - one month before the Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo.
Former junior world number one Shintaro Mochizuki featured for Japan in the country's comprehensive win against Pakistan in World Group I of the Davis Cup.
The Japan Softball Association (JSA) is set to announce its final Olympic roster on March 23, following the completion of a training camp in Okinawa.
Former junior world number one Shintaro Mochizuki is set to make his Davis Cup debut as Japan face Pakistan in the World Group I at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad.
Para Football co-founder Sam Turner has described the Japan Inclusive Football Federation (JIFF) as a "real role model" after it pledged to support the new foundation's efforts.
Athletes could be permitted to enter Japan when the current state of emergency is lifted next month, it has been reported.
Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have published a media guidebook as part of its efforts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Japanese Paralympic sporting groups have reportedly expressed concern that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games may help to spread coronavirus.