Makoto Ito

For Makoto Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Olympics Dec 25, 2007

Japan sets modest goal for 2008

After a 20-year wait, Asia is ready to host the Summer Olympics again, as China takes its turn to stage international sport's biggest extravaganza. Kosume Kitajima, who captured Olympic gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke races in Athens in 2004, is one of ...

TV soccer wars rage on and fans adjust accordingly

National Jan 13, 2004

TV soccer wars rage on and fans adjust accordingly

Every two years Yoshiki Matsuzawa gets the itch to switch jobs. And this is one such year. A 35-year-old temporary worker at the Tokyo office of a U.S. investment fund, Matsuzawa is a globe-trotting, die-hard soccer fan and typifies a growing trend in the satellite ...

Olympics Sep 26, 2000

Japan advances to softball final

SYDNEY -- Seasoned veteran Reika Utsugi provided the power and youngster Mariko Masubuchi the pitching on Monday as Japan edged Australia 1-0 to reach the championship final of the Sydney Olympic softball competition. Japan extended its winning streak to eight games in the eight-team tournament ...

National Sep 17, 2000

Tamura, Nomura capture gold

SYDNEY -- After eight long years, Ryoko Tamura finally has the gold medal that has always been just beyond her grasp, while Tadahiro Nomura completed a golden double for Japan on the opening day of the Sydney Olympics judo competition. Four-time world champion Tamura threw ...

Olympics Sep 16, 2000

Two Koreas make history during opening ceremony

SYDNEY -- While Japan kicked off its Sydney Olympic campaign without many of its star athletes at the opening ceremony, it was the country's Asian neighbors who grabbed the spotlight in the four-hour spectacular on Friday night. A "unification flag" bearing a blue map of ...