Oct 20, 2016

Two Japanese awarded prestigious Olympic Order

The International Olympic Committee has awarded former Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi and 1964 Tokyo Olympic women’s team gymnastics bronze medalist Kiyoko Ono the Olympic Order, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced Thursday. The Olympic Order, awarded for outstanding service to the Olympic movement, ...

B. League chairman heralds new era

Sep 19, 2016

B. League chairman heralds new era

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This last decade has marked the darkest period in Japan basketball history, with the sport divided between two rival men’s leagues. What’s more, the Japan Basketball Association was suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing body, for its lack of governance, between December 2014 ...

Aug 2, 2016

Kawabuchi, Ono to receive Olympic Order

The International Olympic Committee is to award former Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi and 1964 Tokyo Olympic women’s team gymnastics bronze medalist Kiyoko Ono the Olympic Order for their outstanding service to the Olympic movement, Kyodo News learned Monday. A ceremony for the ...

Higashino hopes to bring change to Japanese basketball

May 19, 2016

Higashino hopes to bring change to Japanese basketball

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As a basketball coach, Tomoya Higashino was sometimes referred to by the nickname “Crusher” because of his dismantling of conventional thinking. Now he’s expected to break Japan’s traditional basketball status quo and spark a complete change. The Japan Basketball Association announced on Thursday that ...

Softbank named top B. League partner

Mar 10, 2016

Softbank named top B. League partner

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The B. League officially revealed on Thursday that Softbank Group Corp. has become the circuit’s top partner, starting with the inaugural 2016-17 season. Japan Basketball Association president Saburo Kawabuchi emphasized that the sport has enormous potential both globally and domestically and the participation of ...

Past Olympians offer hoop advice

Feb 15, 2016

Past Olympians offer hoop advice

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Former Olympians and administrators of Japanese basketball who are anxious about the future of the game in the country have come together to form the Japan Basketball Improvement Conference (JBIC), it was announced Monday. The JBIC was initially an informal gathering of former players ...