Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

Sep 12, 2016

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

Swimmer Takeshi Matsuda competed with his ultimate goal to beat the world’s elite like Michael Phelps and win an Olympic gold medal. He wasn’t able to achieve that, but it didn’t leave a bad taste in his mouth. Looking back, he treasures every moment ...

Carp fans savor end of 25-year championship itch

Sep 11, 2016

Carp fans savor end of 25-year championship itch

The Hiroshima Carp have strived for the moment for 25 years, and their fans are full of emotion about the team’s long-awaited league championship. On Saturday night, the Hiroshima Carp finally sealed the deal, winning their first Central League pennant since 1991 with a ...

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

Sep 8, 2016

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

The B. League, a brand-new men’s professional basketball circuit in Japan, will open its inaugural season later this month. But with so many uncertainties, success isn’t guaranteed. Among them is how clubs that have been owned by major corporations will attract fans and make ...

Japanese men search for ways to improve

Sep 5, 2016

Japanese men search for ways to improve

Even when you possess elite skills, physicality and elaborate Xs and Os, if you don’t have a burning desire to win, you’ll just waste those gifts. That’s one of the concerns of Japan men’s national basketball team head coach Kenji Hasegawa. “Physicality, height, the ...

Ito hoping to hit ground running with Rainbow Warriors

Aug 18, 2016

Ito hoping to hit ground running with Rainbow Warriors

Japanese running back Genta Ito felt he didn’t showcase a sufficient enough performance during his two years at Santa Monica Junior College to extend his football career. Playing for a Division I team in college football in the United States had been his goal ...

Japan Paralympic squad receives spirited send-off for Rio Games

Aug 2, 2016

Japan Paralympic squad receives spirited send-off for Rio Games

Paralympic sports have been receiving greater attention in recent years. As a result, Japanese athletes were even more excited about competing in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games when they attended a warm send-off reception at a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday. The Japanese ...