Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

Basketball Mar 25, 2019

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

Asami Yoshida, one of the greatest players in Japanese women's basketball history, announced her retirement on Monday, saying that she can no longer motivate herself even with the Tokyo Olympics drawing near. The JX-Eneos Sunflowers, Yoshida’s home throughout her Women’s Japan Basketball League career, had ...

Akatsuki Five players make quick return to club grind

Basketball / B. League Mar 6, 2019

Akatsuki Five players make quick return to club grind

Many Japanese basketball fans may have been nursing hangovers after Japan successfully qualified for the FIBA World Cup. But the players themselves haven't had much time to cherish their accomplishment. After a celebratory toast at Narita Airport following the Asian qualifiers, the member's of Japan's Akatsuki ...

Rockets, Raptors set for two games in Japan

Basketball / NBA Mar 5, 2019

Rockets, Raptors set for two games in Japan

Well, it's only preseason contests this time, but Japan will host NBA games for the first time in 16 years when the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors face each other, the league announced at a Tokyo news conference on Tuesday. The teams will compete on ...

Akatsuki Five journey from agony to ecstasy

Basketball Feb 27, 2019

Akatsuki Five journey from agony to ecstasy

The Akatsuki Five players were beaming on Sunday after they accomplished their feat, booking a ticket to this summer's FIBA World Cup. But just one year ago, they were in complete agony. Japan began its World Cup Asian qualifying campaign with four straight losses, putting itself ...

Fukuroi ready to welcome fans for Rugby World Cup

Rugby Feb 26, 2019

Fukuroi ready to welcome fans for Rugby World Cup

When it comes to international sports, the cozy western Shizuoka Prefecture town of Fukuroi has already been there and done that. At this year's Rugby World Cup, however, the town is confident that it can offer a lot more. In 2002, Fukuroi accepted fans from across ...