Hiroshi Ikezawa

For Hiroshi Ikezawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Phoenix triumph in return to field

More Sports / Football Nov 17, 2018

Phoenix triumph in return to field

The Phoenix are back on the field. The Nihon University football team, which has been suspended by the Kantoh Collegiate Football Association for the 2018 season after the illegal tackle incident on May 6, had an exhibition game against a combined X League team on ...

Fujio Kariya recalls memorable moments in announcing career

Sumo Nov 7, 2018

Fujio Kariya recalls memorable moments in announcing career

For Fujio Kariya, NHK's executive commentator (the broadcaster's top news commentator), the most impressive bout in his 31-year career as an NHK sumo announcer took place at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in 1988. That was when yokozuna Onokuni upset fellow yokozuna Chiyonofuji on the ...

Ai Fukuhara decided it was right time to step away

More Sports Oct 23, 2018

Ai Fukuhara decided it was right time to step away

There were no traits of a crying baby. Instead of shedding tears, which was her trademark in childhood, Ai Fukuhara kept smiling and repeated the words of appreciation as the 29-year-old table tennis icon spoke to the media on Tuesday, two days after announcing ...

Takanohana steps down from JSA

Sumo Sep 25, 2018

Takanohana steps down from JSA

The Japan Sumo Association attempted to force stablemaster Takanohana to admit that the accusations he filed to the Cabinet Office in March were false. Instead, the former yokozuna who won 22 Emperor's Cups in his illustrious career opted to retire from professional sumo. Takanohana submitted his ...

Uehara finds common thread between rugby, business

Rugby | RWC Countdown Sep 19, 2018

Uehara finds common thread between rugby, business

Akira Uehara, the president of longtime rugby national team sponsor Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., played in the front row for Keio University's B.Y.B Rugby Football Club in the 1960s. Even after starting his career as a businessman at electronics company NEC Corporation in 1966, his ...

Basketball players handed one-year bans

Basketball Aug 29, 2018

Basketball players handed one-year bans

The four men's national basketball team players who allegedly paid women for sex in Jakarta during the ongoing Asian Games have been handed a one-year ban by the Japan Basketball Association, the organization announced on Wednesday. The ban, effective from the announcement, includes B. League ...

Para Arena a barrier-free home base for athletes

Paralympics Aug 24, 2018

Para Arena a barrier-free home base for athletes

With the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics just two years away, para athletes have begun to ramp up preparations and intensify their training. But many face major disadvantages due to a lack of training facilities with features such as air conditioning or barrier-free ...