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Sean Miyaguchi
For Sean Miyaguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Kyohei Yamasawa scores a try for the Wild Knights during the team's 36-24 win over Brave Lupus on Saturday at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Mar 9, 2024
Wild Knights beat Brave Lupus in blockbuster League One clash
A 4-3 try-scoring advantage and four penalties from playmaker Rikiya Matsuda helped the Wild Knights hand the first loss of the campaign to Brave Lupus.
At a news conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Monday, Japan's new rugby head coach Eddie Jones outlined a vision of a playing style emphasizing rapid movements and decision-making for the Brave Blossoms.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Jan 16, 2024
Jones reveals vision of 'superfast rugby' taking Japan to top
Jones said Japanese players' size necessitates a playing style emphasizing rapid movement and decision-making.
Kairi Netsuke in action during the men's street final on Sunday in Tokyo.
MORE SPORTS / Skateboarding
Dec 17, 2023
Host Japan underscores skateboarding dominance at world street championships
Yumeka Oda, 17, earned a massive 94.80 points for her top score to finish first, while Sora Shirai won gold in the men's competition.
Liz Akama does a rail slide during the semifinals of the street skateboarding world championships on Saturday at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.
MORE SPORTS / Skateboarding
Dec 16, 2023
Nine Japan skaters through to finals at world street championships
Reigning Olympic champions Yuto Horigome and Momiji Nishiya will be among those vying for the world title Sunday.
Tokyo Sungoliath's Sam Cane (center) is tackled during a Japan Rugby League One game against Kubota Spears at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Dec 11, 2023
Cane happy to count former foe Kolbe among teammates in Japan
The big-name imports made their Japan Rugby League One debuts Sunday in Sungoliath's 52-26 opening-round win over defending champions Kubota Spears.
Tokyo Sungoliath's Seiya Ozaki (bottom) scores a try during the first half of a League One match against Kubota Spears at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Rugby
Dec 11, 2023
Ozaki hat trick steals show in Cane and Kolbe's Sungoliath debut
New Zealand captain Sam Cane and South Africa speedster Cheslin Kolbe made their Japanese club debuts for Sungoliath on Sunday.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe shoots during the team's loss to Australia on Tuesday in Okinawa.
BASKETBALL
Aug 30, 2023
Japan's World Cup run ends with loss to Australia
World No. 36 Japan ran into a brick wall in the form of No. 3 Australia at Okinawa Arena.
Cape Verde players (front) celebrate with fans after their win over Venezuela in a FIBA Basketball World Cup Group F game at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 29, 2023
Cape Verde continues record-setting Basketball World Cup run
Head coach Emanuel Trovoada's 64th-ranked team upset No. 17 Venezuela 81-75 at Okinawa Arena, sparking animated celebrations.
Australian will be determined to bounce back after going down 85-82 in Sunday's heavyweight Basketball World Cup battle with Germany.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 28, 2023
Japan must shoot lights out against Australia, coach says
Tom Hovasse said his players would need to take things up another notch in their final group game Tuesday against a "bigger, stronger" Australian side.
Australian forward Nick Kay scored 12 points in his team's win over France at Ariake Arena on Sunday.
BASKETBALL
Aug 21, 2023
Australian B-League star Nick Kay says Boomers won't overlook Japan
Kay said world No. 3 Australia will be wary of 36th-ranked Japan at the World Cup despite the gap between the teams in the rankings.
Japan Times
BASKETBALL / NBA
Oct 2, 2022
Stephen Curry sparks Warriors to second win over Wizards
The two-time NBA MVP spoke of wanting to return to Japan 'at some point every summer' and said he particularly enjoyed meeting and interacting with young fans during the trip.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 10, 2022
France deny Brave Blossoms historic win in second test with late try
The Brave Blossoms had never before beaten the three-time World Cup runners-up, with their best-ever result a 23-23 draw in November 2017 in Paris.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Feb 12, 2022
Japan mounts stunning comeback to beat Denmark for second curling win
Japanese skip Satsuki Fujisawa threw a pinpoint double takeout with the game's final shot Saturday to complete a stunning 8-7 comeback win over Denmark in the Beijing Winter Olympics women's curling round robin.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 25, 2021
Japan routs Australia in women's wheelchair basketball opener
Veteran forward Mari Amimoto said Japan must not get carried away with its big win over a regional rival.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2021
Foreign journalists make the best of 'stressful' Olympics COVID-19 rules
The health crisis has changed nearly every aspect of the Olympics for the roughly 4,600 media members from 2,000 outlets visiting Japan.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 20, 2019
Kerevi looking forward to family reunion in Japan
Though still feeling the pain of a quarterfinal exit from the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, Australian star Samu Kerevi said he is excited about starting the next phase of his career in Japan's Top League.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 2, 2019
All Blacks drawing strong support from Japanese fans at Rugby World Cup
While the Japanese rugby team has captivated a second-straight Rugby World Cup with its giant killing on the pitch, for many local fans of the sport, the tournament's main attraction is a side with a somewhat more illustrious pedigree.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 23, 2019
England coach Jones gets special feeling from being at World Cup in Japan
For England coach Eddie Jones, leading a team at a World Cup in Japan is "very special."
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 21, 2018
Japan resets after avenging '14 loss
For veterans of Japan's 2014 World Cup campaign, avenging a painful loss at that tournament to Colombia was cause for only momentary celebration, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima said Wednesday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 20, 2018
Japan's players well aware of Senegal's skill, discipline
Japan will face a tough task containing Senegal's speedy, skillful attacking players in its next World Cup clash, left back Yuto Nagatomo said Wednesday.

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