Morichika Nakamoto

For Morichika Nakamoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

China taking notice of Japan's rising talents

Jun 19, 2017

China taking notice of Japan's rising talents

Although the Japan Open showcased Chinese table tennis supremacy rather than Japan's rise, China's stars have a wary eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic hosts — if their words are taken at face value. Kasumi Ishikawa, Mima Ito and Asian champ Miu Hirano all crashed ...

Hirano vows to face up to Chinese challenge

Jun 18, 2017

Hirano vows to face up to Chinese challenge

It was a cruel reality check for Miu Hirano as her surging run of form came to a shuddering end in the Japan Open quarterfinals, but the 17-year-old vowed to rebuild her game to again challenge China's top players. Her straight-games defeat (7-11, 8-11, 5-11, ...