Fencer Ota punches ticket to Rio Games

More Sports Mar 14, 2016

Fencer Ota punches ticket to Rio Games

Fencer Yuki Ota, who won the men's foil silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and a team silver in 2012, has booked his spot in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Games, the Japan Fencing Federation announced Monday. Last summer, Ota became Japan's first world champion ...

Teguramori calls up Van Wermeskerken for Olympic warmup tour

Soccer Mar 14, 2016

Teguramori calls up Van Wermeskerken for Olympic warmup tour

Versatile Dutch-based defender Sai van Wermeskerken was among 22 named to Japan's under-23 national side for its tour of Portugal starting next week, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. Van Wermeskerken, born to a Dutch father and Japanese mother, received his first call-up to ...

Kirwa defends crown at Nagoya Marathon

More Sports / Track & Field Mar 13, 2016

Kirwa defends crown at Nagoya Marathon

Bahrain's Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa successfully defended her title at the Nagoya Women's Marathon on Sunday. Kirwa, the Asian Games champion, came home in a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 40 seconds, while Tomomi Tanaka took second place in the race that was also the ...

More Sports / Gymnastics Mar 11, 2016

Athens team gold medalist Tsukahara to retire

Naoya Tsukahara, who helped Japan win the men's team gymnastics gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, is to retire, a source close to the matter said Friday. Tsukahara, 38, took Australian citizenship in 2013 and had been aiming to compete at this summer's Rio ...

Nadeshiko hand Sasaki parting victory

Soccer Mar 9, 2016

Nadeshiko hand Sasaki parting victory

Nadeshiko Japan handed manager Norio Sasaki a likely farewell gift with a 1-0 victory over North Korea as the women's Asian Olympic qualifying drew to a close on Wednesday. Mana Iwabuchi came off the bench to tap in an 80th-minute winner for the hosts, who ...

Nadeshiko Japan fail to qualify for Rio Olympics

Soccer Mar 8, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan fail to qualify for Rio Olympics

Nadeshiko Japan failed to qualify for their fourth successive Olympic Games on Monday night, missing out on one of Asia's two places at Rio de Janeiro this summer after China defeated South Korea 1-0. After winning the 2011 Women's World Cup, capturing a silver medal ...

Discord hits Nadeshiko Japan ahead of crucial Rio qualifier

Soccer Mar 6, 2016

Discord hits Nadeshiko Japan ahead of crucial Rio qualifier

When Yuki Ogimi said on Saturday that some of the Japan players didn't fully understand the gravity of the situation the Nadeshiko are in, she meant to fire up her teammates as a form of tough love. Ogimi's message, though, may not be getting through ...

Nadeshiko Japan staring into abyss

Soccer Mar 6, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan staring into abyss

by Shintaro Kano

Since lifting the 2011 Women's World Cup, Japan reached the Olympic final the following year, won the 2014 Women's Asian Cup and returned to the World Cup final last summer in Canada. But have the Nadeshiko finally run out of steam? Friday's 2-1 defeat to China ...

Nadeshiko Japan falls to China as Olympic hopes dim

Soccer Mar 4, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan falls to China as Olympic hopes dim

Nadeshiko Japan is in need of a miracle to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after the former world champion lost 2-1 to China on Friday. Zhang Rui and Gu Yasha struck for China before Japan pulled one back through Kumi Yokoyama, which proved ...