• Kyodo, Staff Report

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Former Aoyama Gakuin University coach Kenji Hasegawa is likely to take over as the men’s national basketball team coach as Japan bids to gain entrance in the competition on home soil for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sources said Monday.

The Japan Basketball Association is close to hiring the 54-year-old Hasegawa, who although he has no coaching experience in the National Basketball League (the revamped JBL) or in the 21-team bj-league, has received high marks for his ability to lead young players.

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