Hachimura lifts Meisei High to Winter Cup three-peat

Dec 29, 2015

Hachimura lifts Meisei High to Winter Cup three-peat

High school phenom Rui Hachimura racked up 34 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks to lead Meisei High School to its third consecutive championship in the All-Japan High School Tournament with a 78-73 win over Tsuchiura Nihon University High School in the boys’ final ...

Gifu Girls dethrone Oka Gakuen

Dec 28, 2015

Gifu Girls dethrone Oka Gakuen

Gifu Girls High School exhibited produced impressive second-half comeback to end Oka Gakuen High School’s dominance with a 54-49 win in the girl’s championship game at the All-Japan High School Basketball Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Monday. Gifu Girls, which had two runnerup ...

Sawa lifts cup in swan song

Dec 27, 2015

Sawa lifts cup in swan song

Homare Sawa has always been regarded as a winner throughout her long career. And she was still thought of in that way when she left the pitch for the final time. Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, scored the game-winning ...

Japan reveals Sunwolves roster; Hammett named as coach

Dec 21, 2015

Japan reveals Sunwolves roster; Hammett named as coach

A few of Japan’s Rugby World Cup stars, including Akihito Yamada, Shota Horie and Hitoshi Ono, will headline the Sunwolves squad that will compete in Super Rugby next spring, team organizers revealed on Monday. The organizers also introduced Mark Hammett, a former All Blacks ...

JAAF names Tanii top athlete of 2015

Dec 16, 2015

JAAF names Tanii top athlete of 2015

Race walker Takayuki Tanii, who captured a bronze medal in the men’s 50-km competition at this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, was named the athlete of the year at the annual Athletic Awards of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations in Tokyo on ...

Runners, coaches gearing up for Hakone ekiden

Dec 10, 2015

Runners, coaches gearing up for Hakone ekiden

The Hakone ekiden, one of the biggest amateur sporting events in Japan and the nation’s tradition for the New Year, gets underway in three weeks and the head coaches of the 21 participating teams presented their ambitions for their respective squads at a Tokyo ...

Veteran QB Takata prepares to bring curtain down on career

Dec 9, 2015

Veteran QB Takata prepares to bring curtain down on career

In his 20-year career on the gridiron, Tetsuo Takata has always been a winner. Takata has delivered at every level — high school, college and industrial league — and is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks Japan has ever produced. Now, as ...

Politicians launch support group for new men's basketball circuit

Dec 8, 2015

Politicians launch support group for new men's basketball circuit

A group of nearly two dozen Diet members launched a basketball-supporting parliamentarians’ association and held its kickoff meeting on Tuesday at the members’ office buildings of the House of Councilors in Tokyo’s Nagatacho district. The members include some influential politicians, such as Taro Aso, ...