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, ...

Gonzaga alumni sure Hachimura making right choice

Dec 7, 2015

Gonzaga alumni sure Hachimura making right choice

Basketball phenom Rui Hachimura is headed to the United States to play for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, the most prestigious college program a Japanese player will have ever suited up for. There will be challenges both on and off the court once Hachimura lands ...

WJBL's Antelopes focus on positive gains

Dec 4, 2015

WJBL's Antelopes focus on positive gains

In Japan’s sports culture, you are supposed to be disappointed and mourn when you lose a game. That’s, of course, a natural reaction for competitors. But you also need positive energy to channel that frustration into a vital force to move forward. This season, ...

Hachimura signs with powerhouse college program Gonzaga

Nov 25, 2015

Hachimura signs with powerhouse college program Gonzaga

Japanese basketball phenom Rui Hachimura will play for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs next year, head coach Mark Few revealed on the team’s official website. According to the website, the team has signed 17-year-old Hachimura to a national letter of intent. He is one of ...

Japan wins third-place game

Nov 21, 2015

Japan wins third-place game

Samurai Japan disappointed its home crowd in a stunning semifinal loss to South Korea two days previously. But the Premier 12 cohost bounced back with an 11-1 rout of Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday at Tokyo Dome. Japan’s leadoff hitter, Shogo Akiyama, ...