It's been a while since western Japan was regarded as having better American football schools than eastern Japan.

The Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters, based in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Pref., proved that is now the case by clinching their fourth consecutive collegiate football championship by defeating Tokyo's Nihon University Phoenix 55-10 on Sunday in the annual Koshien Bowl.

The Fighters extended the winning streak of Kansai representatives in the Koshien Bowl to seven. Kansai schools have won the national collegiate title 23 times over the last three decades.