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Episode 48: The Great Konbini Debate

DEEP DIVE Apr 29, 2020

Episode 48: The Great Konbini Debate

Which Japanese convenience store is best and why? That's the question Newspick's Yuzuha Oka and The Japan Times' Chris Russell, Joel Tansey and Oscar Boyd attempt to answer.

Yoshihito Nishioka and Go Soeda target Olympic berths

Tennis Feb 15, 2020

Yoshihito Nishioka and Go Soeda target Olympic berths

Yoshihito Nishioka didn't mince words when asked about his goals for the 2020 tennis season. "My first goal is making the Olympics," he told The Japan Times last week. "To play in the Olympics in my home country ... I don't want to miss it." In ...

Osaka to face young guns at Australian Open

Tennis Jan 19, 2020

Osaka to face young guns at Australian Open

Asked to select the female player under 25 who is likely to have the best career, American tennis legend Chris Evert hesitates, hums and haws before coming up with her answer. "I'm looking at Naomi Osaka's name right here. I think Naomi," she told reporters ...

Expectations make it tough on former No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Tennis Jul 2, 2019

Expectations make it tough on former No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Facing break point at 2-2 in the second set, Naomi Osaka fired a flat, roughly 180 kph serve to Yulia Putintseva's backhand, seemingly handcuffing her tricky Kazakh opponent. Putintseva made an almost apologetic stab at the return that floated over the net and was called ...

Naomi Osaka returns to hunter role at Wimbledon

Tennis Jun 30, 2019

Naomi Osaka returns to hunter role at Wimbledon

A shocking coaching change, off-court distractions, the pressure of added expectations as world No. 1: There's no one-size-fits-all explanation for Naomi Osaka's struggles since winning the Australian Open. All three were among the reasons American tennis legends and commentators Chris Evert and John McEnroe cited ...