May 1, 2015

Ex-pro soccer player held in Sagamihara home intrusion, rape

The Kanagawa Prefectural Police said they have arrested a 26-year-old former professional soccer player on suspicion of intruding into a woman’s apartment and raping her. Sho Kamimura of Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, an employee of a medical corporation, allegedly got into a 22-year-old woman’s apartment ...

Apr 21, 2015

Former Olympic basketball player Kaiho dies at 73

by Ed Odeven

Nobuo Kaiho, a guard on Japan’s men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 73. The Tokyo native passed away at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday, according to published reports. The cause was cancer. Kaiho played college ...

Gamba claim treble

Dec 13, 2014

Gamba claim treble

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka completed a remarkable trophy treble by beating Montedio Yamagata 3-1 to lift the Emperor’s Cup on Saturday. First-half goals from Takashi Usami and Patric gave J. League and Nabisco Cup champions Gamba an explosive start at Nissan Stadium, before Romero Frank pulled ...

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

Nov 2, 2014

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

by Andrew Mckirdy

Substitute Kazuya Murata injected dramatic new life into Shimizu S-Pulse’s J1 survival bid with a 90th-minute goal to seal a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday. S-Pulse — who have been ever present in the top flight since the J. League began in ...

Aug 10, 2014

Cerezo midfielder Yamaguchi sidelined with knee injury

Cerezo Osaka’s Japan international midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi will be out of action for six weeks with a knee injury, the J. League first division club said on Sunday. The 23-year-old Yamaguchi was substituted for the first time this season after he damaged meniscus in ...

Mar 18, 2014

No evidence of Sanfrecce-Frontale match-fixing: J.League

The J.League said Tuesday it found no evidence of match-fixing in the March 8 game between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kawasaki Frontale after receiving an alert about the match from FIFA. While all relevant parties have been cleared, it was Japanese soccer’s first suspected case ...