Takeshi Ozawa

For Takeshi Ozawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

Jan 28, 2014

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

When Tokyo won the bid last Sept. 7 to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, it was a mixed blessing to people in Okinawa, especially seniors. On the same day 50 years earlier, the Olympic torch arrived in Okinawa ahead of the 1964 Tokyo Summer ...

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

Nov 13, 2013

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

Yuki Kawauchi, 26, is a top marathon runner, but he defies the conventional wisdom of the sport in Japan. Kawauchi is known as a “citizen runner” because he works full time at a public night high school in Saitama Prefecture, while most top runners ...

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

Sep 26, 2013

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

Hisako “Chako” Higuchi and the late Ku Ok-hee of South Korea are regarded as the “mothers of women’s golf” in their countries and followed a similar groundbreaking path to the top by challenging themselves overseas. Higuchi said that when she turned pro in 1967, ...

Boxer fights through gender disorder

Sep 19, 2013

Boxer fights through gender disorder

Years ago, Go Shindo used to dream of becoming a teacher or a firefighter. But as she struggled with her gender identity, bullying by university classmates and despair from social discrimination, there was a time when she gave herself to alcohol and even contemplated ...

Comedian 'Shizu-chan' keeps boxing after Olympic bid dashed

May 31, 2013

Comedian 'Shizu-chan' keeps boxing after Olympic bid dashed

Comedian Shizuyo Yamasaki continues to fight despite her failed attempt to compete in the women’s boxing competition at the 2012 London Olympics. The 34-year-old Yamasaki, better known as “Shizu-chan,” was among 16 fighters at the first Challenge Match competition held in Japan for nonprofessional ...

Mountaineer Miura to tackle Everest at 80

Jan 19, 2013

Mountaineer Miura to tackle Everest at 80

Veteran alpinist Yuichiro Miura has set his sights on a target no one has ever achieved — reaching the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80. “It may be that I can surpass some human limits,” Miura said when he announced the ...

Irish vet cracks open horse racing circles

Jan 18, 2013

Irish vet cracks open horse racing circles

An Irish-born veterinarian has achieved a lot of “firsts and onlys” in Japan, including becoming the first non-Japanese breeder of a horse to win the Japanese Derby, or Tokyo Yushun, one of the jewels in Japan’s Triple Crown. But as the 51-year-old Harry Sweeney ...