Shintaro Kano

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

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 ...

Nadeshiko Japan hits another bump on road to Rio

Mar 2, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan hits another bump on road to Rio

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics are slipping through Nadeshiko Japan’s fingers as the former world champions drew 1-1 with South Korea in an Asian final qualifier on Wednesday. Mana Iwabuchi broke the deadlock in the dying minutes with a lucky goal for Japan, but ...

Nadeshiko stumble on first step to Rio

Feb 29, 2016

Nadeshiko stumble on first step to Rio

Japan’s path to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics got off to a nightmarish start as the former world champions went down 3-1 at the hands of Australia in a women’s Asian final qualifier on Monday. Australia exacted sweet revenge for its defeat to Japan ...

Antlers crash Gamba's party with Suita Stadium win

Feb 28, 2016

Antlers crash Gamba's party with Suita Stadium win

Kashima Antlers crashed Gamba Osaka’s house party with a 1-0 victory in the J. League on Sunday, 19-year-old Yuma Suzuki coming off the bench to score the lone goal midway through the second half. Including Gamba, eight of the nine clubs at home lost ...

Nadeshiko Japan ready to vie for berth in Rio

Feb 28, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan ready to vie for berth in Rio

Nadeshiko Japan is expecting nothing less than a fiery challenge from Australia as the women’s Asian qualifiers for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics get underway on Monday. “Tomorrow is the first of a series of tough games that are lined up,” Japan coach Norio ...

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

Feb 27, 2016

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

J. League Frontale 1 Sanfrecce 0 Yu Kobayashi stole the show from Hisato Sato and Yoshito Okubo as champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima went down 1-0 at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale in their J. League season opener on Saturday. With a stalemate looming on the ...

New Urawa signing Endo eyes trophy-laden season

Feb 7, 2016

New Urawa signing Endo eyes trophy-laden season

Urawa Reds and manager Mihailo Petrovic will be under immense pressure from the fans to win a title this season. And that’s exactly the way Wataru Endo wants it. “It’s nice to be in a position where people get on you for not winning ...

Japan Under-23 hero Asano beginning to blossom

Feb 1, 2016

Japan Under-23 hero Asano beginning to blossom

Takuma Asano was named the Best Young Player of the 2015 J. League season. It may not be long before he becomes the best player in the league, period. To a hero’s welcome of 500 fans at Haneda international airport, Asano and his Japan ...