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 ...

J-Wave to air live radio broadcast of Super Bowl

Jan 21, 2015

J-Wave to air live radio broadcast of Super Bowl

Japanese FM radio station J-Wave (frequency: 81.3) will carry live game coverage of the Super Bowl XLIX, the company announced on Wednesday. It will be the first time the NFL’s championship game will be broadcast live on Japanese radio. Bilingual sports anchor Yuji Kondo ...

M'Baye runs riot in NBL All-Star Game

Jan 18, 2015

M'Baye runs riot in NBL All-Star Game

Japanese basketball has been plagued by negative news lately, like the FIBA suspension and managerial changes of the Tsukuba Robots and Wakayama Trians. But on this particular day, the players were all smiles for this mid-winter festivity. Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins forward Amath M’Baye racked ...

Salvage plan keeps Wakayama playing in NBL

Jan 15, 2015

Salvage plan keeps Wakayama playing in NBL

The Wakayama Trians will spend the remainder of the season under new management, NBL acting president Mitsuru Maruo said at a Tokyo news conference on Wednesday. The team’s former management submitted a notice of withdrawal to the league due to severe financial woes last ...

JX-Eneos outplays Denso in fourth quarter, claims Empress Cup

Jan 11, 2015

JX-Eneos outplays Denso in fourth quarter, claims Empress Cup

The Sunflowers players and staff insisted after the game that what separated them from their opponents was their spirited mentality rather than their skills. In a highly defensive battle, the reigning champion Sunflowers prevailed in the final quarter, dominating the inside game, as JX-Eneos ...

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

Jan 10, 2015

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

In a win-or-go-home tournament, things like this can happen. Just not all the time. The Hiroshima Dragonflies, a first-year professional club in the NBL, stunned Japanese basketball fans when they advanced to the All-Japan Championship men’s final with a 80-78 victory over the powerhouse ...