Pilots coach Reveno cherished time in Japan

Mar 21, 2015

Pilots coach Reveno cherished time in Japan

“Konnichiwa.” As he came out of the locker room after his team’s regular season finale against the University of San Diego at the Chiles Center and found this Japanese reporter waiting for him, Eric Reveno used the Japanese greeting instead of the standard English ...

JX signs on as latest sponsor for 2020 Olympics

Mar 18, 2015

JX signs on as latest sponsor for 2020 Olympics

JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation has become the sixth Gold Partner, or a top domestic sponsor, for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japan Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday. The contract term began Wednesday and will last until December 31, 2020. ...

Former Japan women's coach Brown still going strong

Mar 18, 2015

Former Japan women's coach Brown still going strong

In a basketball coaching career spanning almost half a century, Herb Brown has built a strong reputation and accumulated a wealth of experience in the NBA and NCAA. Among his numerous stops, his spell with the Japan women’s national team wound up being a ...

Former NBL coach Lang enjoying new role with Jazz

Mar 11, 2015

Former NBL coach Lang enjoying new role with Jazz

Antonio Lang, who was the head coach of the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Japan until the end of last season, was fortunate enough to earn a job as an assistant with the NBA’s Utah Jazz this season. But he’s got no time to celebrate, ...

Repucom touts importance of Olympic sponsorship

Feb 23, 2015

Repucom touts importance of Olympic sponsorship

There’s no doubt sponsorships have played a huge role in helping the Olympic Games become the biggest sporting extravaganza in the world today. And when Tokyo hosts its second Summer Games in 2020, it will receive a substantial amount of financial backing from corporate ...

Japanese basketball hurt by Robots debacle

Feb 18, 2015

Japanese basketball hurt by Robots debacle

The NBL, one of the two top men’s basketball leagues in Japan, has endured a chaotic 2014-15 campaign, and the disarray reached its nadir with the management change of the Tsukuba Robots. It came out of the blue for the fans. Just a week ...

Kawabuchi outlines bold ideas for new pro basketball league

Feb 12, 2015

Kawabuchi outlines bold ideas for new pro basketball league

As the first J. League chairman, Saburo Kawabuchi demonstrated strong leadership and helped its successful launch as a professional league more than two decades ago. Sometimes, his reign was described as a dictatorship. But now, though, Japanese basketball probably needs a powerful figure like ...

Fans want NFL return

Feb 4, 2015

Fans want NFL return

It was a Monday night, not a Super Sunday, but an estimated 100 people had assembled for a viewing party for Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on massive screens at a public viewing event in Tokyo. There was ...