Sep 19, 2016

Japan loses to China in Asia Challenge finale

Japan’s time at the FIBA Asia Challenge ended with a 75-67 loss to China in the fifth-sixth classification game on Sunday. The result was Japan’s fourth defeat in eight games at the men’s tournament being held in Tehran. Iran crushed South Korea 77-47 in ...

Sep 17, 2016

Japan knocked out of Asia Challenge

Japan’s hopes of a FIBA Asia Challenge title ended Friday in Tehran with an 87-80 quarterfinal loss to a rampant Dar Tucker and his Jordan team. The United States-born Tucker had a 33-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist outing against Japan, proving why he has been the ...

Sep 13, 2016

Furukawa lifts Japan past Iraq with late jumper

A clutch Takatoshi Furukawa corner jumper with just four seconds remaining capped off a big comeback and lifted Japan to a 67-65 win over Iraq in their second-round opener at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Monday. Furukawa’s game winner, which was assisted ...

Sep 9, 2016

South Korea tops Japan in FIBA Asia Challenge opener

Despite getting a 29-point performance from Makoto Hiejima, Japan was unable to beat South Korea in its FIBA Asia Challenge tournament Group D opener, losing 80-73 in Tehran on Friday. With a number of new faces wearing the Japanese colors in the 12-team tournament, ...

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

Sep 8, 2016

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments


The B. League, a brand-new men’s professional basketball circuit in Japan, will open its inaugural season later this month. But with so many uncertainties, success isn’t guaranteed. Among them is how clubs that have been owned by major corporations will attract fans and make ...

Japanese men search for ways to improve

Sep 5, 2016

Japanese men search for ways to improve


Even when you possess elite skills, physicality and elaborate Xs and Os, if you don’t have a burning desire to win, you’ll just waste those gifts. That’s one of the concerns of Japan men’s national basketball team head coach Kenji Hasegawa. “Physicality, height, the ...