J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

Mar 1, 2014

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

As two decades have now elapsed since its inception, the J. League is entering a new era. And as one of its most conspicuous projects for the next decade and beyond, the Japanese professional soccer circuit is looking to expand its presence in Asia, ...

Geary, Jets hoping to overcome NBL turbulence

| Feb 25, 2014

Geary, Jets hoping to overcome NBL turbulence

The Chiba Jets have been hit with a severe reality — that much is certain. But that’s something they expected when they defected from the bj-league to the NBL before this season. “We understood there would be a challenge,” Jets head coach Reggie Geary ...

Encouragement, advice helped steer Watanabe to GWU

Feb 19, 2014

Encouragement, advice helped steer Watanabe to GWU

The recent decision by promising basketball prospect Yuta Watanabe to attend George Washington University next season came as bright news for his home country. And as much as Watanabe has rare talent, the 19-year-old out of Kagawa Prefecture has received valuable support from people ...

Team effort gives SeaHorses win over Sunrockers

Feb 16, 2014

Team effort gives SeaHorses win over Sunrockers

The Aisin SeaHorses took advantage of their deep roster and had five players scoring in double digits in a 84-74 win over the Hitachi Sunrockers at Ota City Gymnasium on Sunday. The SeaHorses, a Western Conference club, swept a two-game series against Hitachi and ...

Murata growing in confidence, improving overall boxing skills

Feb 12, 2014

Murata growing in confidence, improving overall boxing skills

With only 10 days until his third professional fight, former Olympic boxing champion Ryota Murata showed no signs of jitters. But he demonstrated his developing confidence. Murata, who just returned from a monthlong training camp in Las Vegas, said Wednesday that he had a ...

Volleyball coach Sato speaks out after dismissal

Feb 7, 2014

Volleyball coach Sato speaks out after dismissal

You are given a big project and asked for a long-term commitment. And then you are ousted based on your short-term showing? It just doesn’t sound right. But that was apparently what happened between the Japan Volleyball Association and Gary Sato. Late last month, ...