Shintaro Kano

For Shintaro Kano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Halilhodzic warns Honda to find regular playing time

Jan 1, 2017

Halilhodzic warns Honda to find regular playing time

Keisuke Honda should seriously consider leaving AC Milan or risk losing his place on the Japan squad, according to national coach Vahid Halilhodzic. “I need Honda to play more on a regular basis,” Halilhodzic said in an end-of-year interview with members of the Tokyo ...

OCA head would back Sapporo bid for 2024 Games

Dec 30, 2016

OCA head would back Sapporo bid for 2024 Games

Sapporo will have the full backing of Asia should the city formally bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said in an interview with Kyodo News. Sapporo, which will host the Asian Winter Games for ...

Sogahata helps fuel Antlers' winning ways

Dec 12, 2016

Sogahata helps fuel Antlers' winning ways

Once again, Kashima Antlers banked on the experience and savvy that has led to a record eight J. League championships, when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 on Sunday to book a place in the Club World Cup semifinals. While Mu Kanazaki, who came off ...

Japan catches Australia off guard with pragmatic tactics

Oct 12, 2016

Japan catches Australia off guard with pragmatic tactics

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s decision to sit back and try to hit Australia on the break on Tuesday certainly had its effect, taking the Socceroos players by complete surprise. “Knowing Japan in the past, and the players that they have, I didn’t expect it ...

Honda lashes out at fair-weather Milan fans

Oct 5, 2016

Honda lashes out at fair-weather Milan fans

Japan international Keisuke Honda on Tuesday slammed AC Milan supporters as being fair-weather fans, saying their ruthlessness is not helping the storied club turn its fortunes around. Honda, back with the national team for the World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and Australia, two games ...

Nadeshiko Japan staring into abyss

Mar 6, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan staring into abyss

Since lifting the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Japan reached the Olympic final the following year, won the 2014 Women’s Asian Cup and returned to the World Cup final last summer in Canada. But have the Nadeshiko finally run out of steam? Friday’s 2-1 defeat ...

Sawa rips struggling Nadeshiko Japan, questions players' desire

Mar 3, 2016

Sawa rips struggling Nadeshiko Japan, questions players' desire

Homare Sawa just couldn’t take it anymore. The former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year tore into Nadeshiko Japan on Thursday, questioning the heart of some of the players after a disastrous start to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics qualifying campaign. The morning ...