Shirai takes bronze in vault with new trick

Aug 16, 2016

Shirai takes bronze in vault with new trick

Kenzo Shirai successfully performed a new trick in the men’s vault final at the Rio Olympics on Monday en route to taking home Japan’s first medal on the apparatus in 32 years. Shirai scored 15.449 points after two clean vaults for bronze, finishing behind ...

'King Kohei' already looking to Tokyo 2020

Aug 9, 2016

'King Kohei' already looking to Tokyo 2020

“King Kohei” Uchimura had just won team gold, but the Japanese star was already plotting the title defense at his home Olympics in Tokyo 2020. The 27-year-old looked more exhausted than elated as he walked off the floor after sealing Japan’s first Olympic team ...

Apr 3, 2016

Russia's top gymnast fails drug test

Russia’s best male gymnast could miss the Olympics after he became the latest to test positive for the banned substance meldonium. Nikolai Kuksenkov withdrew from the national championships after being informed of the failed doping test on Saturday, a day after winning the individual ...

Jul 14, 2015

Uchimura to sit out Asian championships

Kohei Uchimura will miss the upcoming Asian gymnastics championships in Hiroshima because of a shoulder injury, the five-time world all-around champion said on Tuesday. Uchimura has been suffering from pain in his left shoulder and with the world championships approaching in October, he decided ...

May 26, 2011

Helping hands to Mr. Kan

The perseverance that people in northeastern Japan have shown after the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated their communities March 11 has impressed many people around the world. In Northeast Asia, anti-Japan feelings in China and South Korea seem to have receded since the catastrophe, ...

Oct 16, 2010

NHK reporter crosses the line

Public broadcaster NHK announced Oct. 8 that a reporter in its news department’s sports section warned a Japan Sumo Association official that the Metropolitan Police Department would conduct raids on sumo stables to search for evidence indicating that sumo wrestlers had gambled on professional ...