Hagino smashes two records at nationals

Apr 12, 2014

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

Japan’s latest rising swim star Kosuke Hagino dominated the pool as he set a pair of national records in the third day of the 90th national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Saturday. The 19-year-old Toyo University student, who registered in six ...

Hagino wins showdown with Seto, takes 400 IM title at nationals

Apr 10, 2014

Hagino wins showdown with Seto, takes 400 IM title at nationals

Kosuke Hagino outraced defending world champion Daiya Seto in the men’s 400-meter individual medley final on the first day of the 90th Japan national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Thursday. Seto, who won the gold medal in the event at last ...

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 7, 2014

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 6, 2014

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

Apr 4, 2014

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

While the National Basketball League of Japan is essentially the rebranded Japan Basketball League, there’s one distinguishing aspect that is different from before — it’s a foreign coach-filled league. Currently, nine of the 12 teams have foreign bench bosses in the NBL, which began ...

Football camp chief thinks outside box

Mar 22, 2014

Football camp chief thinks outside box

As a player, Tomotsuna Inoue wasn’t able to fulfill his wish to reach the NFL. But his dream continues, now as someone who presents a chance for Japanese youngsters to achieve that big goal. Inoue has organized Tomotsuna Academy Football Camp as its director ...

Tokyo Excellence shooting for NBDL championship

Mar 21, 2014

Tokyo Excellence shooting for NBDL championship

The Tokyo Excellence, who are in their first season in the National Basketball Development League (formerly the JBL2), have posted a splendid 29-3 record to date. The club is aiming to win the championship in the four-team playoffs this weekend. “It’s unbelievable, because we ...