Jun 21, 2016

J. League set to sign lucrative broadcast deal

The J. League is set to sign a major broadcasting rights deal worth an annual total of ¥1.1 billion ($10.5 million) with various domestic and overseas firms from next season, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. The deal, with companies including British sports ...

JFA boss Tashima eager to put end to J. League schedule debate

Apr 26, 2016

JFA boss Tashima eager to put end to J. League schedule debate

Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima wants to put an end to the running debate on the potential switch to a fall-spring season for the J. League. A month has passed since Tashima beat former general secretary Hiromi Hara in the JFA’s first presidential ...

Events canceled after earthquakes

Apr 16, 2016

Events canceled after earthquakes

Sporting events scheduled for Saturday in southwestern Japan and elsewhere were called off due to a series of massive earthquakes that first shook the island of Kyushu Thursday evening. Soccer and baseball games that were to be played in or near the quake-hit areas ...

'Father of Japanese soccer' Cramer dies at 90

Sep 18, 2015

'Father of Japanese soccer' Cramer dies at 90

As the Japanese soccer world mourns the loss of Dettmar Cramer, dubbed “the father of Japanese soccer” for helping develop the game as a coach in the country in the 1960s, former players and officials offered their condolences on Friday. Cramer passed away on ...

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


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 ...