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:

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 ...

Frontale keep pressure on Reds

/ Oct 29, 2016

Frontale keep pressure on Reds

Kawasaki Frontale ensured that the race for the J. League Championship top seed will go down to the final day of the regular season after a 1-0 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday. Urawa Reds beat Jubilo Iwata 1-0 to stay top of the ...

Stress-free Nakamura eyes title for Frontale

/ Oct 26, 2016

Stress-free Nakamura eyes title for Frontale

Kawasaki Frontale playmaker Kengo Nakamura has credited a newfound selfish streak for his resurgent form this season and is hoping to ride it all the way to the club’s first J. League title. “The younger players in the team have really improved this year ...

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winner Icho awarded People's Honor

Oct 20, 2016

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winner Icho awarded People's Honor

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Kaori Icho was awarded the People’s Honor Award by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. Icho, who became the first woman ever to win four successive individual Olympic golds when she beat Russia’s Koblova Zholobova to claim the 58-kg ...