Shigemi Sato

For Shigemi Sato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nishikori continues pursuit of history at U.S. Open

Sep 5, 2014

Nishikori continues pursuit of history at U.S. Open

The hopes of a nation rest on the slim shoulders of Kei Nishikori, who is bidding this weekend to become the first-ever Japanese to play in the singles final of a Grand Slam. He outlasted Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets in ...

Lee, Li capture Japan Open titles

Jun 15, 2014

Lee, Li capture Japan Open titles

World badminton No. 1 Lee Chong Wei put his heartbreak over Malaysia’s narrow defeat in the Thomas Cup behind him Sunday to win the Japan Open for a record-stretching fifth time. The 31-year-old Malaysian took only 35 minutes to stop Hong Kong’s veteran Hu ...

'Sakura from space' blooms early

Apr 11, 2014

'Sakura from space' blooms early

A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected — and with an unusual number of flowers. The four-year-old sapling — grown from a cherry ...

Takanashi preparing for Olympic tilt

Dec 5, 2013

Takanashi preparing for Olympic tilt

She’s only 17 and just 151 cm tall, but schoolgirl ski jumper Sara Takanashi is already eyeing her second world title and could be set to make history at the Sochi Olympics. Takanashi, who comes from a family of ski jumpers in Hokkaido, begins ...

Mao relishes potential duel with Kim

Nov 12, 2013

Mao relishes potential duel with Kim

Mao Asada says she has come a long way to be ready for another gold-medal showdown with reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na during February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Mao, who took the silver medal behind her South Korean archrival at the 2010 Vancouver ...

Wenger's time with Nagoya still resonates

Jul 25, 2013

Wenger's time with Nagoya still resonates

Nearly 20 years after his brief stay in Japan, Arsene Wenger’s influence still echoes, following its rise from a backwater of world soccer to one of its emerging powers. The serious Frenchman left a lasting impression not only on his colleagues at Nagoya Grampus, ...