Athletes gearing up for Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki

May 9, 2015

Athletes gearing up for Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki

The Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki meet will be a rare opportunity for Japanese track and field fans to get to see some of the world’s elite athletes from outside of the country in person, as well as top Japanese ones. The 2015 edition will ...

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

May 8, 2015

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

The Hitachi Sunrockers had to take a ferocious challenge from the Chiba Jets in their playoff opener. But they managed to survive it, coming through in the end. Hitachi forward Aki Chambers shot 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc and scored a team-high 22 ...

NBL playoffs set to tip off

| May 7, 2015

NBL playoffs set to tip off

With the regular season wrapping up last weekend, the NBL is set for more heated battles when the playoffs begin on Friday. Here are the first-round matchups (best-of-three): — Hitachi Sunrockers (45-9) vs. Chiba Jets (34-20) at Ota City General Gymnasium. — Mitsubishi Diamond ...

Uchiyama defends title with patented KO

May 6, 2015

Uchiyama defends title with patented KO

Watanabe Gym chairman Hitoshi Watanabe confessed that he hadn’t been sure if it was right to select undefeated fighter Jomthong Chuwattana as the opponent for his own Takashi Uchiyama, because he knew the Thai could pose a legitimate threat. In the end, Watanabe’s fears ...

46 teams have submitted documents for new hoop circuit

Apr 28, 2015

46 teams have submitted documents for new hoop circuit

All 47 clubs of the NBL, NBDL and bj-league, including expansion teams for the 2015-16 season, are scheduled to join the new men’s basketball league in Japan in 2016. The Japan 2024 Task Force made the announcement in Tokyo on Tuesday. With six teams, ...

Rowsom happy to coach in Japan again

Apr 25, 2015

Rowsom happy to coach in Japan again

Basketball Kaz Nagatsuka The Toshiba Brave Thunders needed to fill an assistant coaching vacancy after last season, so his name came up. And Brian Rowsom seemed to be a good fit because he used to play for the team and had coaching experience. The ...

Watanabe looks back on freshman season with GW

Apr 17, 2015

Watanabe looks back on freshman season with GW

There have been only a few players who hailed from Japan to have played hoops at NCAA D-I level. So perhaps no one really knew what sort of expectations to have of Yuta Watanabe in his first season at George Washington University. He didn’t ...

RB Gray blazing trail for Japanese football with Utes

Apr 8, 2015

RB Gray blazing trail for Japanese football with Utes

For the majority of football players in Japan, taking the gridiron in the sport’s mother nation, the United States, is beyond their imagination. But running back James Takada Gray has made his boyhood dream a reality. Gray, who was born to an American father ...