No time to rest for busy Rui Hachimura

Basketball / NBA Jul 22, 2019

No time to rest for busy Rui Hachimura

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Rui Hachimura has had to go through a hectic schedule since he was drafted by the Washington Wizards last month. Last week, the 21-year-old finally returned to his native Japan for the first time since the draft on June 20. But he won't have much ...

Japan hunts Olympic gold from beyond arc

Basketball Jun 3, 2019

Japan hunts Olympic gold from beyond arc

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With a small-ball approach, Japan's women's basketball team will try to achieve big things. The Akatsuki Five wrapped up its first games of the year with a two-game sweep of Belgium in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sunday, with wins of 91-75 and 84-71. It is certainly ...

Strong outside shooting carries Japan past Belgium

Basketball May 31, 2019

Strong outside shooting carries Japan past Belgium

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan kept hitting shots from beyond the 3-point line and tamed Belgium 91-75 in the first game of their two-game exhibition series at Adastria Mito Arena on Friday night. Newcomer Saki Hayashi knocked down five 3-pointers in a 19-point performance to lead the Akatsuki Five. ...

Japanese basketball granted host nation spots for Tokyo Olympics

Basketball Mar 31, 2019

Japanese basketball granted host nation spots for Tokyo Olympics

Both Japan's women's and men's basketball teams will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the sport's governing body decided Saturday to allocate them host nation qualification places. The decision, taken at a meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, ends a long saga for Japanese ...

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

Basketball Mar 25, 2019

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Asami Yoshida, one of the greatest players in Japanese women's basketball history, announced her retirement on Monday, saying that she can no longer motivate herself even with the Tokyo Olympics drawing near. The JX-Eneos Sunflowers, Yoshida’s home throughout her Women’s Japan Basketball League career, had ...