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Coaching experts trade ideas at workshop

General Jul 22, 2018

Coaching experts trade ideas at workshop

by Kaz Nagatsuka

We have seen various types of unreasonable harassment problems surrounding Japanese sports, especially in school athletics, over the last several years. One of the most notable and recent cases involved the Nihon University football team, where a player was allegedly ordered by his coaches to ...

Veracity lacking in explanation by coaches

General | SPORTS SCOPE May 24, 2018

Veracity lacking in explanation by coaches

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

It's an ongoing saga of conflicting narratives. In Wednesday night's news conference, Masato Uchida, the former Nihon University head coach, and his assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue made it apparent that their opinions of the football scandal they are embroiled in are far different than Taisuke ...

ESPN playing it for laughs with list

General | SPORTS SCOPE Mar 27, 2018

ESPN playing it for laughs with list

by Ed Odeven

It's beyond comprehension how ESPN The Magazine could omit Michael Phelps from its new list dubbed the "Dominant 20" athletes of the past 20 years. The swimming immortal is the winningest Olympian of all time. His collection of 28 Olympic medals, including a jaw-dropping 23 ...

College sports reformers stay positive despite setbacks

General Mar 12, 2018

College sports reformers stay positive despite setbacks

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Implementing change is often a painful procedure. That is apparently the case for the leaders working to revamp the landscape of college sports in Japan. It has been a couple of years since discussions aimed at forming a Japanese organization similar to the National Collegiate Athletic ...

The top sports stories of 2017

General Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...