Nadeshiko looking for first-ever medal

Aug 6, 2012

Nadeshiko looking for first-ever medal

As a thunderstorm raged in grey skies over South London on Sunday, Japan midfielder Homare Sawa was confident lightning would not strike twice when the women’s world champions take on France with a first-ever medal at stake at the London Games. Japan, fourth at ...

Japan tops Brazil, reaches Olympic semifinal round

Aug 5, 2012

Japan tops Brazil, reaches Olympic semifinal round

Yuki Ogimi scored one goal and set up another as women’s world champion Japan beat Brazil 2-0 on Friday to set up a meeting with France in the semifinals of the London Games. Ogimi opened the scoring with a well-taken finish midway through the ...

Japan wins group with scoreless draw

Aug 3, 2012

Japan wins group with scoreless draw

Japan drew 0-0 with Honduras on Wednesday and got the point it needed to finish on top of Group D and avoid a quarterfinal meeting with Brazil at the London Games. Takashi Sekizuka’s side will meet Group C runnerup Egypt in the last eight ...

Japan beats Morocco to reach quarterfinals

Jul 31, 2012

Japan beats Morocco to reach quarterfinals

Kensuke Nagai struck a late winner as Japan reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics for the first time in three attempts at the London Games on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Morocco. A tightly contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate, ...

Japan beats Morocco, moves into quarterfinals

Jul 30, 2012

Japan beats Morocco, moves into quarterfinals

Kensuke Nagai struck a late winner as Japan reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics for the first time in three attempts at the London Games on Sunday. A tightly contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate but the fleet-footed Nagai raced onto ...

Sasaki praises Iwashimizu's play

Jul 30, 2012

Sasaki praises Iwashimizu's play

Japan coach Norio Sasaki has lavished praise on defender Azusa Iwashimizu for her outstanding performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sweden at the London Games. Sasaki had pinpointed Lotta Schelin as Sweden’s main attacking threat after the striker bagged a brace in the Scandinavians’ ...

Nadeshiko Japan held to scoreless draw

Jul 29, 2012

Nadeshiko Japan held to scoreless draw

World champions Japan were frustrated by a defensive Sweden and held to a 0-0 draw at the London Games on Saturday, a result that keeps both teams in the hunt for a place in the quarterfinals of the women’s soccer competition. Japan had the ...

Japan hopes high in London

Jul 29, 2012

Japan hopes high in London

Gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive gold in women’s wrestling at 55 kg, Saori Yoshida led Japan’s athletes into the Olympic Stadium as the London Games opened in spectacular style on Friday. Flag bearer Yoshida led her teammates, dressed in red blazers and white ...

Nadeshiko beats Canada in opener

Jul 27, 2012

Nadeshiko beats Canada in opener

Women’s world champions Japan got its quest for an elusive Olympic medal off to a winning start Wednesday, beating Canada 2-1 in their Group F opener at the London Games. Two goals inside 11 first-half minutes from Nahomi Kawasumi and captain Aya Miyama put ...