Mai Yoshikawa
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Ryoma Shimoseki (90) was playing at Kosei Gakuen High School in Tokyo when he was discovered by NFL Academy coaches.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Apr 17, 2024
Japanese NFL hopeful gets dream chance on football field in U.K.
Ryoma Shimoseki was recently announced as the newest addition to the NFL Academy as he bids to become the first Japanese to make an NFL roster.
Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani needs to find a way to keep his eye on the ball as he plays his first 162-game season without his former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.
Apr 9, 2024
Can Shohei Ohtani achieve Michael Jordan-level mental resilience?
One expert says ensuring that he can pivot smoothly into a new support system is crucial for the player.
Daiya Seto in action during the men's 400m medley final at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha on Feb. 18.
OLYMPICS / Swimming
Apr 2, 2024
Japanese swimming veteran ready to make waves at Paris Olympics
Daiya Seto wants to be a voice for meaningful change in the domestic sport.
Japan's Evelyn Mawuli (left) goes on the attack as Canada's Laeticia Amihere plays defense in the first quarter of an Olympic women's basketball qualifier on Feb. 11 in Sopron, Hungary.
Mar 25, 2024
Basketball star thrives on court again after putting herself first
Evelyn Mawuli is helping to normalize career breaks for reasons other than physical health.
Pickleball courts in New York's famed Central Park
Mar 15, 2024
Amid boom overseas, when will pickleball land in Japan?
Over the past few years, pickleball has emerged as the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., but it has yet to take off in Japan.
A childhood snapshot of Shohei Ohtani and his mother, Kayoko, posted on MLB’s account on social media website X.
Mar 7, 2024
'Sporting geniuses are made, not born': How to be an all-star sports parent
If you want your child to be a top 1% athlete like Shohei Ohtani, a good place to start is to take a look at what his parents did.
When Fighters interpreter Shinju Sakuma set her mind on becoming a language liaison in sports, she picked a sport she enjoyed watching and an employer who thinks outside the box.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 26, 2024
Rookie female interpreter provides voice for foreign baseball stars in Japan
Shinju Sakuma, who will graduate from Rikkyo University in Tokyo this spring, is believed to be the first female interpreter in NPB history.
Shiki Nakayama at a snow-covered baseball field in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, last month. Nakayama grew up watching her older brother’s exploits on the diamond and first picked up a bat and ball in elementary school.
Feb 9, 2024
Meet the Gen Zer in Japan who is forging a path for girls in baseball
For 16-year-old Shiki Nakayama, it's no big deal that she's the only girl on her high school baseball team.
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2022
Japanese intimacy coordinator makes sex scenes sexy and safe
Chiho Asada is one of only two certified intimacy coordinators in the country. Her role involves advocating for actors and creating safe plans for scenes that include sexual content.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2022
Ayumu Hirano’s latest trick: Making tenugui towels trendy
As the 23-year-old gold medalist received global media coverage, eagle-eyed fans spotted the white cotton cloth he wore around his neck in Friday's final and hailed his patriotic spirit.
Japan Times
Dec 19, 2021
Two Japanese LGBTQ rights activists of different faiths find common ground
Homophobia in a country that has yet to legalize gay marriage has not stopped two Tokyo-based religious leaders from doing what they are called to do.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2021
Why a Japanese man proudly took his wife's last name
Shu Matsuo Post calls himself a feminist, but he wasn't born one. For the first 28 years of his life, he says he never tried to understand what it was like to be a girl or woman in a patriarchal society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 17, 2020
Retired Olympian reshaping conversation around athletes' periods
Swimmer Hanae Ito is setting out to debunk myths and ensure both boys and girls receive proper education about menstruation.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Sep 30, 2020
Meet the Japanese omotenashi consultant selling what money can't buy
Travel has become about priceless experiences, and Luxurique goes the extra mile to fulfill requests, often involving hidden gems not on local radars.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2020
Digital nomads opt to ride out the pandemic in Japan
When Viet Nguyen and Liezl Van Riper decided to worldschool their kids they had no idea a global pandemic would come into play.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jul 5, 2020
Pandemic helps soccer star strike new balance at home
While soccer has been on hiatus, Yoshito Okubo has embraced the domestic life.
Japan Times
May 8, 2020
Follow the leader: How COVID-19 could unlock Japan's giving potential
As celebrities reveal details about their charitable giving during the COVID-19 pandemic, some feel it could be the start of a new attitude to donating money in Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2020
Japan's funeral industry scrambles to adapt in anticipation of rise in COVID-19 deaths
While health care providers are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic fight, the funeral industry is bracing for action behind the front lines.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2020
Wrestler So Sakabe shares tale of struggle to get doping ban overturned
If anyone knows about the complexities of anti-doping rule violations, it's Greco-Roman wrestler So Sakabe.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 15, 2020
Japanese 'lactivist' seeks to help young moms overcome breastfeeding hurdles
Midori Ogino champions breastfeeding as a biological gift that helps newborns survive and thrive. Making it a cultural norm and erasing societal taboos over breastfeeding in public is an investment that pays back many times over.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on