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:

Antlers reach J. League final

/ | Nov 23, 2016

Antlers reach J. League final

Mu Kanazaki struck in the 50th minute to send Kashima Antlers into the J. League Championship final against Urawa Reds with a 1-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday. Antlers qualified for the playoffs after finishing third in the overall table — a full ...

World baseball chief plays down Fukushima Olympic fears

Nov 18, 2016

World baseball chief plays down Fukushima Olympic fears

The president of world baseball’s governing body on Friday played down fears that the sport’s top stars will refuse to play in Fukushima if the nuclear disaster-hit prefecture hosts games at the 2020 Olympics. Olympic chiefs are currently considering a proposal to play part ...

Honda sweats on place in World Cup qualifier against Saudis

Nov 12, 2016

Honda sweats on place in World Cup qualifier against Saudis

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic has warned star player Keisuke Honda that he is not guaranteed of a starting place when Japan takes on Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup qualifier next Tuesday. Honda started Japan’s 4-0 friendly win over Oman at Kashima ...

Fukushima eyed for baseball, softball games in 2020 Olympics

Nov 9, 2016

Fukushima eyed for baseball, softball games in 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers on Wednesday gave the green light for disaster-affected Fukushima Prefecture to host baseball and softball games. Three cities — Fukushima, Koriyama and Iwaki — are under consideration to stage part of the competition as the two sports return to the ...

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

/ Nov 5, 2016

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

Japan lost 54-20 to Argentina on Saturday to deny Jamie Joseph a winning start to his reign as Brave Blossoms manager. Japan, which now heads to Europe to play test matches against Georgia, Wales and Fiji, conceded two first-half tries against 2015 Rugby World ...