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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 ...

Akatsuki Five journey from agony to ecstasy

Basketball Feb 27, 2019

Akatsuki Five journey from agony to ecstasy

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Akatsuki Five players were beaming on Sunday after they accomplished their feat, booking a ticket to this summer's FIBA World Cup. But just one year ago, they were in complete agony. Japan began its World Cup Asian qualifying campaign with four straight losses, putting itself ...

Japan routs Qatar to secure berth in basketball World Cup

Basketball Feb 25, 2019

Japan routs Qatar to secure berth in basketball World Cup

Japan completed an amazing turnaround to qualify for the basketball World Cup on Sunday, with Nick Fazekas keying an eighth straight win that punched the team's ticket to China. The U.S.-born Fazekas poured in 20 points and dominated the glass, finishing with 19 rebounds, as ...

Orimo continues to speak mind about Japan

Basketball Feb 18, 2019

Orimo continues to speak mind about Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Legendary star player Takehiko Orimo has always been brutally honest and outspoken about Japanese basketball, and his stance on the Akatsuki Five is no different. The Japanese men's national team will face Iran and Qatar on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, with a ticket to the ...