Japan thrashes Afghanistan in World Cup qualifier

Mar 24, 2016

Japan thrashes Afghanistan in World Cup qualifier

Japan virtually guaranteed its place in the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 5-0 win over Afghanistan on Thursday. Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 99th international appearance by opening the scoring in the 43rd minute at Saitama Stadium, before ...

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

Mar 12, 2016

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

Shinzo Koroki scored a goal in each half to help Urawa Reds get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over promoted Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reds, who finished second in the overall J. League table last season but lost in the first ...

Mrdja double carries Ardija past Reysol

Mar 5, 2016

Mrdja double carries Ardija past Reysol

J. League second-division champions Omiya Ardija made it two wins out of two in their return to the top flight with a 2-0 victory over Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday. Serbian striker Dragan Mrdja scored a quickfire early double to put Omiya, which opened the ...

Company aiming to clear space junk wins funding

Mar 1, 2016

Company aiming to clear space junk wins funding

A company that aims to clean junk from space has secured up to $30 million (¥3.39 billion) in public-private funding and plans to launch the world’s first debris-mapping satellite later this year. Singapore-based Astroscale, which last year opened a development center in Tokyo, on ...

Sunwolves fall short in opener

Feb 27, 2016

Sunwolves fall short in opener

The Sunwolves proved they can hold their own in Super Rugby but failed to win their competition debut in a 26-13 defeat to South Africa’s Lions on Saturday. The Tokyo-based Sunwolves went into their first-ever match in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier club tournament with ...

Gamba, Reds seeking revenge on Sanfrecce

Feb 26, 2016

Gamba, Reds seeking revenge on Sanfrecce

The following is the second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA Last season: champions There could be no doubting Sanfrecce’s worth as champions last ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable ...

J. League champions Sanfrecce looking to defy odds again

Feb 24, 2016

J. League champions Sanfrecce looking to defy odds again

Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Hajime Moriyasu admits that even he wasn’t convinced his team would win the J. League title last season, but that doesn’t mean he is ruling out further success in 2016. Sanfrecce beat Gamba Osaka in a two-legged championship playoff to lift ...