Trail-blazer Shojima looking to make history with UCLA

Apr 17, 2016

Trail-blazer Shojima looking to make history with UCLA

Tatsuaki Shojima is another polite, mild-mannered young man, just like many other Japanese guys. But there’s one thing that sets him apart from the rest of his countrymen: Shojima is going to play football for the UCLA Bruins. The 22-year-old offensive lineman enrolled at ...

Suns assistant Gaines to guest-coach Japan

Apr 13, 2016

Suns assistant Gaines to guest-coach Japan

Corey Gaines, a Phoenix Suns assistant who formerly played in Japan, will be invited to coach the Japanese women’s national team, team assistant Tom Hovasse revealed on Tuesday. Gaines will join the women’s team, which has already secured a spot at this summer’s Rio ...

Japan confirms swimming team for Rio Olympics

Apr 11, 2016

Japan confirms swimming team for Rio Olympics

The Japan Swimming Federation officially announced its national team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Monday. Medal hopefuls such as Kosuke Hagino, Ryosuke Irie, Kanako Watanabe and Rie Kaneto will lead the 34 representatives — the second-biggest team in Japan’s Olympic history. ...

Sailor Shiraishi prepares for prestigious global odyssey

Apr 7, 2016

Sailor Shiraishi prepares for prestigious global odyssey

Sailor Kojiro Shiraishi is in high spirits as he is set to realize his 30-year dream. Shiraishi will compete in the Vendée Globe, the around-the-world solo yacht race, in November. The 48-year-old will be the first Asian to participate in the once-every-four-years most famous ...

JAAF picks six runners for Rio de Janeiro marathons

Mar 17, 2016

JAAF picks six runners for Rio de Janeiro marathons

Former world championship bronze medalist Kayoko Fukushi headlines Japan’s marathon squad for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the Japan Association of Athletics Federations revealed its six representatives on Thursday. Satoru Sasaki, Hisanori Kitajima and Suehiro Ishikawa will head to Brazil on the ...

Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

Mar 15, 2016

Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

For another year, the JX-Eneos Sunflowers finished the season on top. The Sunflowers wrapped up the best-of-five WJBL Finals with a 75-66 win in Game 4 at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 and captured the league title for the eighth consecutive year. The ...

J. League branching out to grow brand in Asia

Mar 13, 2016

J. League branching out to grow brand in Asia

The J. League has grown steadily in the first two decades since its launch in 1993. Now, over the next 20 years, the league is looking to go global. In 2012, the top soccer league in Japan established its Asian Strategy Office, later renamed ...

Hawks owner Son lauds club's business acumen

Mar 13, 2016

Hawks owner Son lauds club's business acumen

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., is rich. And his telecom and technology company has grown into a giant. But the 58-year-old insists that his Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team doesn’t rely on its parent company’s financial power to acquire ...