London Mayor visits Japan (2)

Boris Johnson knocks child to ground in touch rugby

  • 15 October 2015
  • BBC News

Boris Johnson has knocked over a 10-year-old child while playing touch rugby in Japan.

The Mayor of London who is in the country on a trade visit was invited to join children on a mini turf pitch in Tokyo for the non-contact game.

Toki Sekiguchi was knocked to the ground and said he “felt a little pain”.

The mayor, a keen rugby fan, shook the boy’s hand and apologised.

In the game of touch rugby the person with the ball is stopped by being touched, not tackled, as in union rugby.

Slo-mo BoJo

Boris Johnson approaches Toki SekiguchiImage copyright PA
Image caption Johnson runs up the wing
Contact is madeImage copyright PA
Image caption He encounters 10-year-old Toki Sekiguchi who reaches out to make the touch
Boris drops the shoulderImage copyright PA
Image caption Johnson drops his shoulder
The child starts to fall backwardsImage copyright PA
Image caption Sekiguchi starts to topple backwards as the London mayor ploughs forwards
Both are on the groundImage copyright PA
Image caption Sekiguchi is left on the ground

He has form. He brought a child to the ground last year in a football kickabout.

And in 2006 he played in a charity England-Germany football match. Although only on for 10 minutes he stunned the 20,000-strong crowd by flooring retired German midfielder Maurizio Gaudino in a rugby-style tackle.

Of that incident he said: “When he was about two yards away I just put my head down. I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move in soccer.”

In Tokyo, the pair later posed for photographs and Mr Johnson handed over a 2015 rugby ball to the youngster.

Source:  “Boris Johnson knocks child to ground in touch rugby”, BBC News, 15 October 2015

See also:  “Moment Boris Johnson knocks over boy in rugby match – video”, The Guardian, 15 October 2015

London Mayor visits Japan


That’s one way to make an impression! Boris Johnson DANCES through aisles on Japan visit

BORIS Johnson was sent to Japan to strengthen economic and trade relations this week – but instead he let his feet do the talking.

PUBLISHED: 10:35, Tue, Oct 13, 2015 | UPDATED: 10:49, Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Boris Johson lets his feet do the talking PA

Boris Johson lets his feet do the talking

The Mayor of London kicked off his whistlestop tour of the world’s third largest economy by stunning locals when he danced in the aisles of a swanky department store.

Mr Johnson took hold of professional dancer Charlotte Gooch, who is starring in a touring production of Top Hat, and led her on a waltz in Hankyu, Osaka.

He gave the impromptu display of his impressive dance moves as he visited a UK trade fair held at the shop to help launch a flagship store of Burberry, one of Britain’s biggest clothing brands.

The Shard and Harrods will also take part in the promotional event.

London's Mayor dances with dancer Charlotte Gooch PA

London’s Mayor dances with dancer Charlotte Gooch

Locals were excited to take selfies with Boris

Japan is the third biggest economy in the world. It’s one of our most important trading partners

Boris Johnson

The mayor also went on a walkabout in the bustling Dotonbori area of Osaka where he arrived in the city, stopping to learn how to cook octopus balls before trying one of the local delicacies.

His appearance caused a stir in the busy neon-lit streets, with some locals recognising the mayor and stopping him for selfies.

Science, fashion and motoring is set to dominate his agenda as the mayor attempts to build business links with Japan, the fourth largest investor in the capital where trade totalled £950million last year.

Mr Johnson wants to capitalise on the success of the 2012 London Games to promote British businesses at a “crucial moment” in the Japanese procurement process for its stint as a host nation.

London’s sporting expertise will also feature as Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2020.

Mr Johnson said: “This is the third biggest economy in the world. It’s one of our most important trading partners.

Boris aims to strengthen economic ties with Japan PA

Boris aims to strengthen economic ties with Japan

“Since the early 1980s it has been a massive investor in London. We are seeing more of it now and we want to encourage that.

“They have got £10 billion worth of contracts going out.

“We think that British companies ought to be trying to compete, ought to be offering their services there.”

Mr Johnson will later visit Toyota’s headquarters to test drive one of its most advanced cars and Tokyo to launch the new store of British fashion brand Burberry in the Shinjuku neighbourhood.

He added: “Japan is one of the world’s most important economic powerhouses with enormous potential for stronger partnerships with the capital.

“This is our chance to loudly bang the drum for London.”

Boris Johnson helps cook octopus balls in the Dotonbori district of central OsakaPA

Boris Johnson helps cook octopus balls in the Dotonbori district of central Osaka

Source:  “That’s one way to make an impression!  Boris Johnson dances through aisles on Japan visit”, Daily Express, 13 October 2015

Japan beat USA in final pool game but exit Rugby World Cup 2015

Japan celebrate victory

Japan claimed their third win at the 2015 World Cup on Sunday

11 October 2015 Last updated at 23:36

Rugby World Cup 2015: Japan beat USA in final pool game

United States: (8) 18
Tries: Ngwenya, Wyles Con: MacGinty Pens: MacGinty 2
Japan: (17) 28
Tries: Matsushima, Fujita, Mafi Cons: Goromaru 2 Pens: Goromaru 3

Japan made unwelcome history as the first team to exit the World Cup having won three matches after they beat the United States.

Tries from Kotaro Matsushima and Yoshikazu Fujita helped them into an 18-8 half-time lead, with Takudzwa Ngwenya crossing for the US.

Amanaki Mafi burst through for Japan’s third try before Chris Wyles crossed to give the United States hope.

But Goromaru’s third penalty late in the game gave Japan a clear lead.

After their thrilling opening win against South Africa, Japan went on to add the scalps of Samoa and the US, but their heavy defeat by Scotland left them third in the group, and they miss out on a place in the last eight.

The Eagles finish having lost all four of their matches.

Pool B

Japan’s 2019 boost

Japan, who left Kingsholm to a standing ovation after a lap of honour, host the competition in four years’ time and will go into that tournament buoyed by an excellent World Cup on English soil.

They had only ever won one match at a World Cup before, and their three victories in England represent a significant improvement.

Match stats you may have missed

Japan are the first non-tier-one team to win three matches at a single Rugby World Cup.

Full-back Ayumu Goromaru is the first player to score more than 50 points in a single RWC campaign for Japan. At the end of the pool stage, only Greig Laidlaw (60) has scored more than him in 2015 (58).

Eric Fry became the seventh player to get a yellow card for the USA in a RWC match.

It’s a knock out

Japan’s win brought to an end a highly-competitive and entertaining pool stage. The quarter-finalists are now known as the 2015 tournament reaches the business end.


USA: Chris Wyles; Takudzwa Ngwenya, Seamus Kelly, Thretton Palamo, Zach Test, AJ MacGinty, Mike Petri; Eric Fry, Zach Fenoglio, Titi Lamositele, Hayden Smith, Greg Peterson, Al McFarland, Andrew Durutalo, Samu Manoa.

Replacements: Phil Thiel Thiel for Fenoglio (63), Cam Dolan for Smith (31), John Quill for Peterson (77).

Japan: Ayumu Goromaru; Yoshikazu Fujita, Harumichi Tatekawa, Craig Wing, Kotaro Matsushima, Kosei Ono, Fumiaki Tanaka; Keita Inagaki, Shota Horie, Hiroshi Yamashita, Luke Thompson, Justin Ives, Michael Leitch, Michael Broadhurst, Ryu Koliniasi Holani.

Replacements: Karne Hesketh for H. Ono (73), Masataka Mikami for Inagaki (59), Takeshi Kizu for Horie (77), Kensuke Hatakeyama for Yamashita (41), Shinya Makabe for Ives (68), Hendrik Tui for Broadhurst (73), Lelei Mafi for Holani (41).

Attendance: 14,578

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

For the latest rugby union news, follow @bbcrugbyunion  on Twitter.

Source:  “Rugby World Cup 2015:  Japan Beat USA in Final Pool Game”, BBC News, 11 October 2015

Final stage of “Walk Across Borders” by Steven Monk Dalton – London

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Day 44 – Brentford to Royal Courts of Justice, London

I cannot believe that Walk Across Borders is now completed. It has been an amazing experience and a personal achievement for me. I stated my reasons and my goals and I feel that these have mainly been achieved

Thank you to everybody who has supported me throughout. It really has meant so much.

Day 44 began at Brentford railway station and I decided to take the route which would take us down by Chelsea Embankment although this made it a little longer, it seemed a nicer route..

It was fantastic to see my friend Holly amongst the people who joined us.. Really did mean a lot that she and her partner made the journey down from Taunton.. Glad we managed to catch up at Hammersmith.. I was getting worried that you wouldnt catch us for a while 🙂

We stopped a few times on the journey since this was a much shorter walking day than any of the other days and arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice at just after 3.15 pm..

Following the end of the journey, we went for a celebration drink and cake at Pret a Manger..

Thank you again for all of your support.. 12.1 miles completed which made the TOTAL distance for Walk Across Borders to be 1083.2 miles.. (1743.25 km)

Some of you might be glad to hear the the lyca will now go in the back of my wardrobe for a while :)…

Thank you so much everybody for your amazing support and very kind comments. Each and every one have been so appreciated.


Thank you everybody who walked with me today and any of the other days… To Michelle who I wish would have been able to be here today… She did most of the work.. I just did the walking

Thank you to the team at Reunite International Child Abuction Centre. In particular, Alison Shalaby who is an absolute diamond

Thank you also to Irene for inviting me to stay and oh wow…. THE BATH !!!! Nearly fell asleep in there!!

I have a few things I need to do in the UK before returning home but I am going to go quiet on social media for a little while so if my facebook page becomes disabled, dont worry… I’m ok and I’ll be back

I hope you will continue to follow this page as I have further plans for Walk Across Borders in the future..

Also, if you would like to donate to my nominated charity, Reunite International Child Abduction Centre, you can do so on my JustGiving page

If you wish to be in touch the next few weeks, contact me on or my mobile 0034 622 925754..

Love and best wishes

Steve xxx

Your UK cousin

Hello Hugo

This is just to let you know that your, so far first, UK cousin will be born on or around 27 March next year, so almost to the day when you turn 7 years and 4 months.  He or she will be born to my sister, Liz, who you met before you went to Japan, and her partner, Tim, who you have not met. Here is my sister’s email announcing the news:

Hey thought we should let you know….

We have a new addition on the way (it’s not a cat, a dog and critically its not twins!)….
27th March so I reckon he / she will be born on the 1st April knowing our luck!!
Anyway we’re chuffed to bits and the best thing is I don’t have to give up running! (for now).
Liz and Tim xxx





とにかく、我々はビットに喜んでいるし、最善のことは、私が実行しているあきらめなければならないことです! (今のところ)。