Mar 29, 2015

bj-league lifts ban on JT

The professional basketball bj-league has rescinded its ban on media access by The Japan Times with immediate effect. The ban was instituted on Oct. 11, 2013, and continued for more than 17 months. The bj-league informed The Japan Times of the decision via e-mail ...

Why did Matsui pick Yankees over Giants?

| Mar 24, 2015

Why did Matsui pick Yankees over Giants?

Former Yomiuri Giants star Hideki Matsui made news earlier this month with his decision to take a job with the New York Yankees. The move was seen as a curious one here for several reasons. The question many are asking is: “Why would Matsui ...

Hanyu strives for second straight world title

| Mar 22, 2015

Hanyu strives for second straight world title

Yuzuru Hanyu will attempt to become the first Japanese to win consecutive world titles this week after a most unusual past few months. The Olympic champion has been training without coach Brian Orser since the Japan nationals in December. The collision with Yan Han ...

Japan juniors impress with medal haul at worlds

| Mar 10, 2015

Japan juniors impress with medal haul at worlds

It was another week of great success for Japan at the recent world junior championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The Hinomaru came away with three of the six singles medals on offer thanks to Shoma Uno (gold), Sota Yamamoto (bronze) and Wakaba Higuchi (bronze). Uno ...