Japan badminton team ready to escape gambling shadow in Rio

Jul 20, 2016

Japan badminton team ready to escape gambling shadow in Rio

The head coach of Japan’s Olympic badminton team insists the gambling scandal that engulfed the sport three months ago will not cast a shadow over his squad at next month’s Rio Games. Japanese badminton was reluctantly thrust into the spotlight in April when star ...

Uchimura determined to lead Japan to team gold in Rio

Jul 3, 2016

Uchimura determined to lead Japan to team gold in Rio

If the pressure to lead Japan back to Olympic team glory at this summer’s Rio Games is weighing heavily on Kohei Uchimura’s muscular shoulders, the gymnastics superstar does well to hide it. “I don’t think of it as pressure,” the record six-time all-around world ...

Teguramori confident about Japan's medal chances in Rio

Jul 1, 2016

Teguramori confident about Japan's medal chances in Rio

Japan Olympic men’s soccer team manager Makoto Teguramori set his sights on the gold medal as he announced his 18-man squad for the Rio Games on Friday. A bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic remains the only podium finish by the Japanese men ...

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Jun 30, 2016

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Kyoto will host the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in May next year, tournament organizers announced on Thursday. Although the exact location has yet to be decided, organizers suggested that a temple or shrine in Japan’s ancient capital could even provide the ...

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

Jun 26, 2016

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

Japan back-row forward Amanaki Lelei Mafi admits that the absence of injured Rugby World Cup stars including Ayumu Goromaru and Michael Leitch hurt the Brave Blossoms in their two test-match defeats to Scotland. But the Tonga-born man mountain has backed their youthful replacements to ...

Laidlaw leads Scotland to triumph over Brave Blossoms

Jun 25, 2016

Laidlaw leads Scotland to triumph over Brave Blossoms

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw came off the bench to deny Japan a famous victory as the Brave Blossoms fell to a 21-16 defeat on Saturday. With Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in attendance at Ajinomoto Stadium to watch a national team game for the ...