Sunflowers look to extend dominance as WJBL prepares for tip-off

Oct 3, 2016

Sunflowers look to extend dominance as WJBL prepares for tip-off

With the Japan national team winning at last year’s FIBA Asia Championship and then giving some phenomenal performances at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the popularity of women’s basketball in Japan is currently at an all-time high. The Women’s Japan Basketball League wants to ...

Marines icon Omura bows out in final game

Sep 25, 2016

Marines icon Omura bows out in final game

Retiring Chiba Lotte Marines star Saburo Omura had only one season in which he hit above .300 and just one 20-homer campaign, with both marks coming in 2009. Overall, he was a career .265 hitter with 1,363 hits and 127 homers with just a ...

Sunrockers storm past B-Corsairs in pivotal fourth quarter

Sep 24, 2016

Sunrockers storm past B-Corsairs in pivotal fourth quarter

After an electrifying start to the B. League’s inaugural season with a two-game series between the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings earlier the week, other clubs made their league debut across the nation on Saturday. At Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, the Sunrockers Shibuya came ...

Former Bulls great Grant in house for B. League opener

Sep 22, 2016

Former Bulls great Grant in house for B. League opener

Four-time NBA champion Horace Grant, who now serves as an NBA goodwill ambassador, enjoyed the excitement of the B. League’s inaugural game at a jam-packed Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo on Thursday night. “The grand opening (was) very exciting, lots of lights and as ...

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

Sep 21, 2016

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

It’s been a year since Japan shocked the world with its stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in England. And ever since the Brave Blossoms’ breakthrough performance, rugby has been in a far brighter spotlight. As the host nation for ...

BayStars mainstay Miura to retire after 25th season

Sep 20, 2016

BayStars mainstay Miura to retire after 25th season

One day after the Yokohama BayStars celebrated their first-ever Climax Series berth, pitcher Daisuke Miura, one of franchise’s most beloved figures, announced he was bringing his 25-year professional career to an end at the conclusion of this season. Dubbed Hama no Bancho (Boss of ...

B. League chairman heralds new era

Sep 19, 2016

B. League chairman heralds new era

This last decade has marked the darkest period in Japan basketball history, with the sport divided between two rival men’s leagues. What’s more, the Japan Basketball Association was suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing body, for its lack of governance, between December 2014 ...