Shintaro Kano

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

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 ...

JFA elects Tashima as new president

Jan 31, 2016

JFA elects Tashima as new president

FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima was elected as the next Japan Football Association president on Sunday. Tashima, the current vice president, won 40 of the 75 eligible votes in the JFA council while his opponent, general secretary Hiromi Hara, had 34. There was ...

Gold Actor nabs first G1 victory

Dec 27, 2015

Gold Actor nabs first G1 victory

Gold Actor took center stage in the season-ending Arima Kinen to capture his first Grade 1 victory on Sunday. The 4-year-old colt went off as the eighth choice in a full field of 16 before a crowd of 121,319 at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba ...

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

Dec 21, 2015

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama was named Player of the Year at this season’s J. League Awards on Monday. The 29-year-old Aoyama appeared in 33 games and netted three goals for Hiroshima, which won its third league title in four years in 2015. Aoyama ...

River Plate edges Hiroshima in Club World Cup semifinals

Dec 16, 2015

River Plate edges Hiroshima in Club World Cup semifinals

Lucas Alario’s header midway through the second half sent River Plate to the Club World Cup final as the South American champions edged Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 on Wednesday. In Sunday’s final in Yokohama, River will face either Barcelona or Guangzhou Evergrande, who square off ...

Sanfrecce eye River upset in Club World Cup semis

Dec 14, 2015

Sanfrecce eye River upset in Club World Cup semis

Sanfrecce Hiroshima weren’t among the favorites to win the J. League this season, but they did. And no one was sure if Hajime Moriyasu’s men had enough left in the tank for the Club World Cup, but they’ve managed to win two of two ...

Sanfrecce beat Mazembe to set up River Plate showdown

Dec 14, 2015

Sanfrecce beat Mazembe to set up River Plate showdown

J-League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima comfortably beat TP Mazembe 3-0 to move on to the Club World Cup semifinals on Sunday. Hiroshima scored from a pair of corners taken by Yusuke Chajima, first in the 44th minute through Tsukasa Shiotani and then in the 56th ...