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For Joel Fitzpatrick's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo Games postponement to require Olympic-scale rethink

National Apr 7, 2020

Tokyo Games postponement to require Olympic-scale rethink

When Tokyo Games organizers, the International Olympic Committee and the world's premier athletes saw their July and August 2020 plans go up in a coronavirus-ignited puff of smoke recently, they began a journey into the unknown. No Olympics has been postponed before, so nobody knows ...

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura fuels NBA boom in Japan

Basketball / NBA Jan 1, 2020

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura fuels NBA boom in Japan

After becoming the first Japanese player to be chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, Rui Hachimura is the face of a basketball boom in his home country. Hachimura's progress in the NBA is getting wall-to-wall coverage in Japanese media and his face ...

Kawashima's error raises questions for Samurai Blue

Soccer / World Cup Jun 25, 2018

Kawashima's error raises questions for Samurai Blue

Japan manager Akira Nishino said he will analyze goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima's situation after the FC Metz custodian made an error that led to Senegal's first goal in the teams' 2-2 Group H draw on Sunday. Speaking at the post-match news conference at Ekaterinburg Arena, Nishino ...

StarRo sees his star rising with Grammy nomination

Music Dec 24, 2016

StarRo sees his star rising with Grammy nomination

Finding out that you have been nominated for a Grammy on Twitter is one thing, but when you did not even realize one of your songs was submitted for consideration, that is a surprise Shinya Mizoguchi — known by his stage name, starRo — ...

Mizutani makes table tennis history

More Sports Jan 17, 2016

Mizutani makes table tennis history

Jun Mizutani confirmed his place among the greatest players in Japanese table tennis history on Sunday by winning his record-equaling eighth men's singles title at the national championships in Tokyo. Mizutani won four straight games after dropping the first to beat the physically imposing Kazuhiro ...