Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

Mar 15, 2016

Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

For another year, the JX-Eneos Sunflowers finished the season on top. The Sunflowers wrapped up the best-of-five WJBL Finals with a 75-66 win in Game 4 at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 and captured the league title for the eighth consecutive year. The ...

J. League branching out to grow brand in Asia

Mar 13, 2016

J. League branching out to grow brand in Asia

The J. League has grown steadily in the first two decades since its launch in 1993. Now, over the next 20 years, the league is looking to go global. In 2012, the top soccer league in Japan established its Asian Strategy Office, later renamed ...

Hawks owner Son lauds club's business acumen

Mar 13, 2016

Hawks owner Son lauds club's business acumen

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., is rich. And his telecom and technology company has grown into a giant. But the 58-year-old insists that his Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team doesn’t rely on its parent company’s financial power to acquire ...

Softbank named top B. League partner

Mar 10, 2016

Softbank named top B. League partner

The B. League officially revealed on Thursday that Softbank Group Corp. has become the circuit’s top partner, starting with the inaugural 2016-17 season. Japan Basketball Association president Saburo Kawabuchi emphasized that the sport has enormous potential both globally and domestically and the participation of ...

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

Mar 4, 2016

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

The Chiba Jets have parted ways with head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, the NBL club announced on Friday. Former Jets guard Hiroki Sato was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Pavlicevic, a well-traveled head coach in the former Yugoslavia, Europe ...

Sunflowers shooting for eighth consecutive WJBL Finals crown

Mar 3, 2016

Sunflowers shooting for eighth consecutive WJBL Finals crown

The reigning champion JX-Eneos Sunflowers and Fujitsu Red Wave will square off in the WJBL Finals for the second consecutive year. The best-of-five Finals will tip off on March 10 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The second game will be played in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture. ...

Japan helping rise of 3x3 basketball

Feb 28, 2016

Japan helping rise of 3x3 basketball

Japan hasn’t really appeared on the global map in basketball’s conventional five-man game. But when it comes to the 3×3 game, which basketball governing body FIBA is keen to promote worldwide, Japan is playing significant role. FIBA has run the World Tour circuit, the ...

Fans enjoy experience of Sunwolves' Super Rugby debut

Feb 27, 2016

Fans enjoy experience of Sunwolves' Super Rugby debut

The end result wasn’t what they had hoped for, but the Sunwolves’ Super Rugby debut drew a large throng of fans, both Japanese and foreign, and it gave them a lot of excitement at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Saturday ...