Mar 11, 2014

J. League probes 'Japanese only' banner displayed at Urawa match

The nation’s professional soccer league said Monday it was investigating after an apparently racist banner reading “Japanese only” appeared at a weekend match. The large banner, written in English, was hoisted near a gate to the stands of a stadium in the city of ...

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

by Joe Mcdonald

Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country’s rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. In Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia’s Winter Games and logistical fumbles have gotten as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. ...

Feb 11, 2014

Me time: Services for solo customers flourishing

by Satoshi Toi

Table for one? Then how about trying out karaoke for one? Or even golf or soccer? In the face of the declining population coupled with an increasing number of people who remain single, companies are beginning to target a new clientele — the solo ...

J-Village near Fukushima No. 1 to reopen as soccer training center

Nov 27, 2013

J-Village near Fukushima No. 1 to reopen as soccer training center

The J-Village facility near Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will be used once again as a soccer training center, possibly from 2018, a Tepco executive said. Stakeholders, including Tepco, Fukushima Prefecture and the Japan Football Association, have started ...

Nov 5, 2013

'Fukushima' slur gets yellow card?

A German stadium announcer has apologized for describing a wonder goal scored by a Japanese player in a German soccer match Sunday as “a bit like Fukushima,” saying it was a “stupid” comment, according to the Die Welt newspaper. The announcer made the comment ...

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

Oct 20, 2013

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

by Dom Phillips

The night of June 30 was one of intense drama in Rio de Janeiro. Inside the newly refurbished Maracana stadium, still slick with plaster dust, a gladiatorial atmosphere turned to celebration as Neymar scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in ...