Yamagata outsprints Kiryu in 100-meter final at nationals

Jun 9, 2013

Yamagata outsprints Kiryu in 100-meter final at nationals

As the sprinters took their marks at the starting line, the big Ajinomoto Stadium was almost completely silent. It was probably the sign of the audience’s high expectations for a pair of young, rising track stars in Ryota Yamagata and Yoshihide Kiryu. The spectators ...

Kurihara aiming high after impressing at Ravens minicamp

May 28, 2013

Kurihara aiming high after impressing at Ravens minicamp

The Japanese wide receiver might have got onto the plane not really knowing what to expect, but he returned home with a good taste in his mouth. From May 3-5, Takashi Kurihara earned a rare opportunity for a football player from Japan; he participated ...

Sato aiming to return Japan spikers to glory

May 26, 2013

Sato aiming to return Japan spikers to glory

The Japan Volleyball Association appointed 58-year-old Gary Sato as the men’s national team head coach in February. Sato is a fourth-generation Japanese-American and is the first foreign volleyball coach for Japan, men or women. Sato was a longtime assistant coach for the United States ...

Japan's 'chosen one' has big dreams

May 13, 2013

Japan's 'chosen one' has big dreams

He grabs rebounds and blocks shots inside, he sprints as fast as anyone else and he hits jumpers with a silky shooting touch. That’s what 18-year-old Yuta Watanabe does. He does it all and has everything a basketball player could hope to have, and ...

Police squad walking X League beat

May 2, 2013

Police squad walking X League beat

They certainly have a physically demanding and dangerous job, but they don’t rest even off duty. The Eagles are unique bunch in the X League, Japan’s top football circuit. The players are officers in the Ninth Riot Squad of the Metropolitan Police Department, which ...