Sunflowers shooting for eighth consecutive WJBL Finals crown

Mar 3, 2016

Sunflowers shooting for eighth consecutive WJBL Finals crown

The reigning champion JX-Eneos Sunflowers and Fujitsu Red Wave will square off in the WJBL Finals for the second consecutive year. The best-of-five Finals will tip off on March 10 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The second game will be played in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture. ...

Japan helping rise of 3x3 basketball

Feb 28, 2016

Japan helping rise of 3x3 basketball

Japan hasn’t really appeared on the global map in basketball’s conventional five-man game. But when it comes to the 3×3 game, which basketball governing body FIBA is keen to promote worldwide, Japan is playing significant role. FIBA has run the World Tour circuit, the ...

Fans enjoy experience of Sunwolves' Super Rugby debut

Feb 27, 2016

Fans enjoy experience of Sunwolves' Super Rugby debut

The end result wasn’t what they had hoped for, but the Sunwolves’ Super Rugby debut drew a large throng of fans, both Japanese and foreign, and it gave them a lot of excitement at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Saturday ...

Past Olympians offer hoop advice

Feb 15, 2016

Past Olympians offer hoop advice

Former Olympians and administrators of Japanese basketball who are anxious about the future of the game in the country have come together to form the Japan Basketball Improvement Conference (JBIC), it was announced Monday. The JBIC was initially an informal gathering of former players ...

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Feb 13, 2016

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Star forward Ramu Tokashiki has signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm, the WNBA club announced on Friday. Although the length of the contract was undisclosed, Tokashiki’s return to the team shows that she’s an important piece of the puzzle for the rebuilding ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Feb 5, 2016

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Though he received widespread media exposure following his success at last fall’s Rugby World Cup, Ayumu Goromaru is a man of few words, at least publicly. He’s not reluctant to make media appearances. He’ll do it to promote the sport. But he just doesn’t ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

Jan 29, 2016

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

In Japanese basketball, teams usually ask import players to provide size and scoring ability. But what Tommy Brenton supplies is much more than that. Brenton is averaging just 8.7 points per game this season, but he has still found his comfort zone in his ...

Horie named Top League season MVP

Jan 25, 2016

Horie named Top League season MVP

Shota Horie of the Panasonic Wild Knights was on Monday selected as the best player of the 2015-16 Top League season in Japanese rugby’s banner year. The 30-year-old hooker, who helped Panasonic win its third straight championship with a 27-26 victory over the Toshiba ...