Brave Blossoms determined to capitalize on rugby boom

Oct 14, 2015

Brave Blossoms determined to capitalize on rugby boom

Around 500 fans were waiting for the Brave Blossoms at Haneda airport on Tuesday, dousing them in a flood of camera flashlights. And then a couple of hours later, roughly 300 reporters and 30 television cameras gathered to report on the team and its ...

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

Oct 9, 2015

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

The Toshiba Brave Thunders survived a late surge by the Hitachi Sunrockers and capped a 70-69 win in their NBL season-opening game on Friday night at Ota City General Gymnasium. Nick Fazekas led Toshiba with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and newcomer Brian Butch ...

Kokubo revals Japan's 28-man squad for Premier 12 tournament

Oct 9, 2015

Kokubo revals Japan's 28-man squad for Premier 12 tournament

Samurai Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo announced his 28-man final squad for next month’s WSBC Premier 12 on Friday. As expected, Kokubo selected nationwide stars like Kenta Maeda, Shohei Otani, Sho Nakata, Tetsuto Yamada and Yuki Yanagita as his team’s core players. Kokubo also added ...

NBL teams determined to claim title in final season

Oct 7, 2015

NBL teams determined to claim title in final season

The NBL will begin its 2015-16 season this weekend with all 12 clubs looking to conclude the league’s final campaign on a high note before Japan’s new pro circuit, the B. League, tips off next fall. The 2015-16 season will presumably be more competitive ...

Biracial athletes making strides in changing Japanese society

Oct 4, 2015

Biracial athletes making strides in changing Japanese society

This summer, a pair of young biracial Japanese athletes drew widespread attention, an indication that the nation’s sports scene has entered a new era. Sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, a 16-year-old born to a Japanese mother and Ghanian father, triumphed in the 100 and ...

Eto, Kimura await world-title bouts in Sendai

Oct 1, 2015

Eto, Kimura await world-title bouts in Sendai

Boxers Koki Eto and Yu Kimura wil enter the ring in Sendai for world-title shots in late November, Teiken Promotions announced on Thursday. Eto will square off against WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico, while Kimura will challenge WBC light flyweight title ...

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

Sep 29, 2015

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

Star guard Yuki Togashi has signed with the Chiba Jets, the NBL Eastern Conference club announced on Monday. Togashi was released from Italian Serie A club Dinamo Sassari, with whom the 22-year-old had signed a preseason contract, last week. “I’m grateful to the Chiba ...

WNBA honors Tokashiki

Sep 26, 2015

WNBA honors Tokashiki

Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki was selected to the WNBA All-Rookie Team for the 2015 season, the league announced on Thursday. The 192-cm Tokashiki, who was the third-best rookie in scoring at 8.2 points per game while starting in 16 of 30 contests, earned ...

Matsui ready to be shooting star

Sep 19, 2015

Matsui ready to be shooting star

The lack of a presence underneath the basket has been Japanese basketball’s everlasting issue. So Kenji Hasegawa, the current men’s national team head coach, looks more to his outside players than inside muscle, relying on their perimeter shooting to carry the offense. That said, ...

Japan's men hopeful of earning berth for 2016 Games

Sep 16, 2015

Japan's men hopeful of earning berth for 2016 Games

Basketball After Japan’s women’s national basketball team successfully clinched an Olympic berth by winning the gold medal in the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship earlier this month, the men’s squad will be hoping for a similar result at the FIBA Asia Championship next week. The ...