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For Hiroshi Ikezawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Special Supplements / Bosai Special
Mar 11, 2021
Helping Tohoku’s youth aim higher
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, caused the deaths of 15,899 people and left 2,529 unaccounted for, mostly in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures in the Tohoku region.
Japan Times
Special Supplements / 5G Special
Feb 24, 2021
Racing full speed ahead toward a digitalized Japan
About a year has passed since Japan’s first commercial 5G mobile communications service was launched. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has announced a target of increasing the number of base stations to 280,000 by the end of March 2024 and is promoting further development of the communications infrastructure.
Japan Times
Special Supplements / 5G Special
Feb 24, 2021
First year shows steady progress amid COVID-19 rush
At the same time commercial 5G services were launched last March, the world became engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the lifestyles of many people.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Nov 27, 2020
AI system aims to forecast race outcomes
On a winter day four years ago, Takeshi Watanabe, then a graduate student at the University of Tokyo, went to watch the year-end Arima Kinen horse race at Nakayama racecourse in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. For him the day was more about watching horses and experiencing betting, rather than making money by gambling.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Aug 20, 2020
Japan's football leagues seek new normal for tackling coronavirus infection
Many players are not to used to playing with shields on their faceguards, but it could become a new normal in football at least here in Japan this season.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jul 14, 2020
Memory of missed field goal drives Toshiki Sato's NFL ambitions
Making the NFL would not only make the BigBlue kicker's dreams come true but would also have positive impact on both the NFL and Japan.
Japan Times
SPORTS
Jun 30, 2020
Expert calls on Japanese sports industry to innovate after pandemic
Managing director of Sports Branding Japan believes leagues and teams must come up with new business models in the wake of the coronavirus.
Japan Times
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Jun 7, 2020
New Obic quarterback Jimmy Laughrea adjusts to fatherhood while preparing for unique season
The former Rise QB is using extra time afforded by the cancellation of the spring season to adjust to his new team's playbook.
Japan Times
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Mar 7, 2020
Ex-Keio running back Taku Lee puts pilot's dream on hold to pursue NFL ambition
Becoming a pilot is a dream for many boys. Little Taku Lee wasn't the exception — that is, until he discovered another dream.
Japan Times
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Jan 3, 2020
Fujitsu Frontiers rout Kwansei Gakuin University for fourth straight Rice Bowl title
The Fujitsu Frontiers had no intention of spoiling the last game for Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters head coach Hideaki Toriuchi. The defending champions, however, were not ready to become the first X League title holder since 2009 to give away the Rice Bowl crown to its collegiate opponent.
Japan Times
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Dec 28, 2019
New CFL-X League alliance spans the Pacific
Since becoming the Canadian Football League's 14th commissioner in 2017, Randy Ambrosie has set a new goal for the nation's domestic pro league: globalization of the CFL and football.
Japan Times
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Dec 16, 2019
Samajie Grant's MVP effort pushes Frontiers to fourth straight Japan X Bowl title
Samajie Grant showed why he was named the X League's MVP in his first season in Japan.
Japan Times
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Nov 30, 2019
Frontiers rout Finies, advance to Japan X Bowl for seventh consecutive season
Backup quarterback Tsubasa Takagi threw four touchdown passes and running back Samajie Grant rushed for 171 yards on nine carries to lead the defending X League champion Fujitsu Frontiers to a 31-13 victory over the Elecom Kobe Finies on Saturday in the X League playoff semifinals at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Nov 22, 2019
Prolific winner Christophe Lemaire gears up for Japan Cup
Christophe Lemaire started his career as a horse racing jockey in 1999 in France, his home country.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 4, 2019
South Africa pounds 14-man Italy to stay alive at Rugby World Cup
South Africa fullback Cheslin Kolbe scored two tries to lead his team's seven-try attack and flyhalf Handre Pollard added 14 points on four conversions and two penalty goals as the Springboks trounced Italy 49-3 on Friday at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 3, 2019
Historic Hanazono Rugby Stadium helps promote Osaka Prefecture on global stage
The city of Higashiosaka is one of the biggest manufacturing towns in Western Japan and has the third-highest population in Osaka Prefecture at 495,000. But the Osaka suburb is also well-known as a rugby city because of Hanazono Rugby Stadium, which saw Georgia play Fiji on Thursday in Rugby World Cup Pool D action.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 3, 2019
Fiji bounces back with rout of Georgia
The Flying Fijians are back.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 22, 2019
England easily dispatches tryless Tonga
Manu Tuilagi scored two tries and captain Owen Farrell added 15 points on three conversions and another three penalty goals, leading England to a 35-3 triumph over Tonga in their Rugby World Cup Pool C match on Sunday at Sapporo Dome.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 21, 2019
Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji
Hooker Tolu Latu scored two tries in the second half to help Australia escape a historic upset by Fiji and win 39-21 on Saturday in the teams' Rugby World Cup Pool D opener.
Japan Times
Rugby
Aug 2, 2019
Kamaishi draws strength from traditional ties to rugby
"Kamaishi has the rugby power."

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