Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

Apr 15, 2016

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

Japan’s Olympic poster boy Kosuke Hagino insists he can handle the pressure of the nation’s expectations as he bids for swimming glory at this summer’s Rio Games. “The most important thing about the Olympics is to enjoy the atmosphere,” Hagino told reporters at the ...

Kaneto, Ikee offer stark contrasts in pursuit of Rio glory

Apr 14, 2016

Kaneto, Ikee offer stark contrasts in pursuit of Rio glory

Comeback queen Rie Kaneto is gearing up for an assault on the 200-meter breaststroke world record at this summer’s Rio Olympics, but admits she could just as easily have been watching the race on TV instead. Kaneto qualified for the 200 breast in Rio ...

Japan unveils final four candidates for Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo

Apr 8, 2016

Japan unveils final four candidates for Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers on Friday unveiled a shortlist of four replacement logos after the original design was scrapped last September amid accusations of plagiarism. The Tokyo 2020 Logo Selection Committee chose the four candidates from almost 15,000 entries in a competition open to ...

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

Mar 29, 2016

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

Japan finished top of its 2018 World Cup second-round qualifying group without conceding a single goal after beating closest challenger Syria 5-0 on Tuesday night. Japan, which had already booked its place in the 12-team final round heading into the game at Saitama Stadium, ...

Halilhodzic pleased with results from new system

Mar 25, 2016

Halilhodzic pleased with results from new system

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic has challenged Japan to make it through the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal after claiming a seventh clean sheet in seven games in Thursday’s 5-0 win over Afghanistan. Group E leader Japan takes ...