New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

Sep 15, 2015

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

A brand-new name for the brand-new professional league. The Japan Professional Basketball League office announced on Tuesday that the new men’s basketball circuit that tips off in the fall of 2016 will be called the “B. League.” The league’s logo was also revealed. The ...

JBA selects 12-man squad for FIBA Asia Championship

Sep 11, 2015

JBA selects 12-man squad for FIBA Asia Championship

The Japan Basketball Association announced the men’s national team roster for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship on Friday. Star veteran point guard Yuta Tabuse, 34, of the Link Tochigi Brex, headlines the 12-man squad, which also features some versatile outside players, including teammates Kosuke ...

Furutani runs to milestone

Sep 9, 2015

Furutani runs to milestone

As a 39-year-old veteran, Takuya Furutani is a concrete example that any football player can put up stellar career numbers without possessing monstrous physical attributes. Last Saturday, Furutani added another accolade to his collection of achievements on the gridiron. The Obic Seagulls running back ...

Japan's Asian hoop champs return home

Sep 7, 2015

Japan's Asian hoop champs return home

One day after they became the first Japanese team to clinch a berth at next summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the players and staff of Japan’s women’s basketball team made a triumphant return home with the gold medals around their necks on Sunday evening. ...

NBA star Curry wows Japanese fans on flying visit

Sep 5, 2015

NBA star Curry wows Japanese fans on flying visit

Stephen Curry, who led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years last season, made his first visit to Japan on Friday — even though he was only here for around 24 hours — and greeted enthusiastic local hoop fans. ...

Ono eager to taste victory at 2015 Rugby World Cup

Sep 1, 2015

Ono eager to taste victory at 2015 Rugby World Cup

Hitoshi Ono, a veteran lock for Japan’s national team, is set to make his third appearance at the Rugby World Cup and said with a smile that playing on the sport’s biggest stage never gets old. “In order to make the team for the ...

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

Aug 29, 2015

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

The Japan Professional Basketball League revealed which divisions the remaining 25 clubs have been allocated to for the new men’s professional circuit, which tips off in 2016, at a Tokyo news conference on Saturday. Assignments for 20 clubs had already been announced in late ...

NBA Finals MVP Iguodala enjoyed first visit to Japan

Aug 28, 2015

NBA Finals MVP Iguodala enjoyed first visit to Japan

An unexpected hero in June’s NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala made his first visit to Japan with both the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and his Finals MVP Trophy in tow on the NBA Clutch Time Trophy Tour earlier this week. “It’s ...

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Aug 25, 2015

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Less than a week before the Japan women’s national team begins competing at the FIBA Asia Championship, Seattle Storm rookie Ramu Tokashiki returned home to join the squad. Her WNBA club, meanwhile, has seven games remaining this season. On the court one day after ...

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

Aug 21, 2015

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

Star players Ramu Tokashiki and Asami Yoshida are the headliners for Hayabusa Japan for the upcoming FIBA Asia Women’s Championship. The Japan Basketball Association announced the 12-woman roster on Friday, and Japan enters the tournament in Wuhan, China, as the reigning champion. Japan captured ...