Andrew Mckirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew Mckirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jones confident Japan can improve before Rugby World Cup

Aug 16, 2015

Jones confident Japan can improve before Rugby World Cup

Japan coach Eddie Jones believes his side is capable of making the step from Rugby World Cup pretenders to genuine dark horses, but warns time is running out to improve before the tournament kicks off next month in England. The Brave Blossoms lost 45-20 ...

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

Aug 8, 2015

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has branded Japan’s East Asian Cup squad a bunch of nobodies and is not surprised by the team’s dismal showing at the tournament in China. Japan takes on the host nation in its final game on Sunday with the ...

Line's AI program captures hearts with lifelike personality

Aug 6, 2015

Line's AI program captures hearts with lifelike personality

An artificial intelligence program posing as a sweet and innocent schoolgirl has captured the hearts of young men nationwide, with some smitten users even declaring their love for their new “girlfriend.” In an echo of the 2013 movie “Her,” in which a man falls ...

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

Jul 28, 2015

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

Controversial artist Makoto Aida is refusing to bow to demands that he alter a politically sensitive submission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo after museum chiefs and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials deemed it unsuitable for children. Aida, whose previous work includes pictures of ...

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Jul 25, 2015

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale came through a wild, swinging encounter with Shimizu S-Pulse with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. World Cup striker Okubo got Frontale off to a flying start at Todoroki Stadium with a goal in the 11th minute, ...

Sanfrecce lay down marker with second-stage surge

| Jul 22, 2015

Sanfrecce lay down marker with second-stage surge

The J. League’s return to a two-stage system gives teams who started slowly another bite at the championship cherry, but Sanfrecce Hiroshima have bigger ambitions than just the second-stage title. Sanfrecce came from behind to end overall league leaders Urawa Reds’ unbeaten start to ...