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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kei Hirata earns second shot with Thunder Girls

/ | Aug 11, 2018

Kei Hirata earns second shot with Thunder Girls

Passion is something that younger and older generations can both detect immediately. After all, it's either there or it isn't. When elementary school students encouraged Kei Hirata to return to cheerleading overseas, their support inspired her. She decided to pursue her passion once again. Now, almost a ...

Storks hand coaching reins to Miodrag Rajkovic

/ Jul 28, 2018

Storks hand coaching reins to Miodrag Rajkovic

The Nishinomiya Storks on Saturday named Miodrag Rajkovic as their new head coach. The 47-year-old Serbian mentor led the Toyama Grouses in 2017-18, but was not retained. Toyama went 24-36. Kensaku Tennichi, who guided the Osaka Evessa to three championships in as many seasons at the ...

Matsuda elected to swim Hall of Fame

/ Jul 21, 2018

Matsuda elected to swim Hall of Fame

Swimmer Hitomi Matsuda, a prolific breaker of world records, will take her rightful place among the masters legends of the sport later this year. The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame this week announced that Matsuda is among its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. The ...

Yuta Watanabe makes good impression  in Summer League stint with Nets

/ Jul 20, 2018

Yuta Watanabe makes good impression in Summer League stint with Nets

Yuta Watanabe attracted positive attention during the Brooklyn Nets' five NBA Summer League Games in Las Vegas earlier this month. The prospective NBA player, who wrapped up his four years at George Washington University in the spring, showcased his 3-point shooting ability, defensive versatility, shot-blocking ...