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:

Tokyo Olympic chiefs weigh private-sector venue funding

Dec 1, 2016

Tokyo Olympic chiefs weigh private-sector venue funding

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are entertaining the idea that venues built for the games could be financed and run by private-sector companies. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, central government and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee have vowed to cut costs for the games, having announced a budget ...

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 13 ...

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 of ...

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 Stadium ...