Fujioka building big reputation

Basketball Apr 26, 2017

Fujioka building big reputation

by Kaz Nagatsuka

She is big, strong, tough, smart, and can do everything. Youngster Manami Fujioka could be the next floor leader and star guard for the Japan women's national basketball team. It's only been one year since she graduated from the University of Tsukuba, but Fujioka has already ...

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

Basketball Jun 29, 2016

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Keijuro Matsui isn't quite like the rest of the 12 players on the Japan men's national team for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. While his teammates are starters for their respective clubs, that is not the case for Matsui. The 30-year-old shooting guard comes ...

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

Basketball Jun 23, 2016

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

by Kaz Nagatsuka

George Washington standout Yuta Watanabe, veteran star guard Yuta Tabuse and the Takeuchi twins (Joji and Kosuke) will lead the "Akatsuki Five" as Japan men's national team head coach Kenji Hasegawa on Thursday revealed his final roster for the final Olympic qualifier, which takes ...