The Japan Open is an annual badminton tournament that is one of the five Super 750 tournaments of the BWF World tour. The other four Super 750 tournaments are held in China, Denmark, France and Malaysia. The Japan Open is hosted by the Japan Badminton Association (NBA).
The first edition of the tournament was held in 1977. However, the tournament only became annual after 1982. In the initial years of the tournament, it was held in various cities of Japan like Kobe, Yokohama, Gunma, and Osaka but from 1989 the tournament is being held in Tokyo.
The tournament is sponsored by the Japanese automobile company Daihatsu and sports equipment manufacturer Yonex.
The 2018 edition of the tournament begins on 11th September and lasts for five days till 15th September. With the 2020 Olympic Games being held in Tokyo, more spotlight will be given on the tournament and players will be eyeing for a qualification spot.
2018 Japan Open Badminton Venue
The 2018 Japan Open will be held in the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza Main Arena in Chofu City, Tokyo. It has a capacity of over 10,000 and is the first venue to be completed for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The total prize money for the tournament is $700,000. The amount is further distributed among the different categories based on the stipulations of the BWF regulations.
The men’s singles title is held by the current world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, while the women’s singles title is defended by Spain’s Carolina Marin.
The men’s doubles title is held by the Indonesian duo of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. On the other hand, the women’s doubles title is held by Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.
The mixed doubles title is going to be defended by Chinese shuttlers Wang Yilu and Huang Dongping.