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Asami Yoshida (center) practices with Japan at the National Training Center in Tokyo in January.
OLYMPICS / Basketball
Jul 8, 2024
Asami Yoshida bringing experience and swagger to Akatsuki Japan for Paris Olympics
The veteran point guard was Japan's captain at the 2016 Olympics.
Japan celebrates after beating Canada on Sunday in Sopron, Hungary, to secure a berth in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Feb 12, 2024
Japan's women's team punches Olympic ticket with victory over Canada
Akatsuki Japan advanced to its third straight Olympics by winning the four-team qualifying tournament in Sopron, Hungary, with a 2-1 record.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe celebrates after the team won its classification match over Cape Verde at Okinawa Arena in September.
Dec 31, 2023
Long-term plans drive 2023 turnaround for three Japan men's teams
2023 marked a big turning point for Japan's previously floundering men's national volleyball, basketball and handball teams.
The emergence of NBA players such as Yuta Watanabe has raised expectations for Japanese basketball after years of stagnation and struggles.
Sep 12, 2023
Japan's FIBA World Cup success the result of hard-won reforms
The establishment of a professional league and the emergence of NBA stars have given Japanese basketball fans hope for an even brighter future.
Japan players wave to the crowd after qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics following a win over Cape Verde in a FIBA Basketball World Cup match at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Sep 6, 2023
World Cup puts bounce in Japan basketball's step ahead of Olympics
The co-host's qualification for the Paris Games has left many people buzzing.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe celebrates after the team's win over Cape Verde during the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Okinawa on Saturday. Japan earned an Olympic berth with the win.
Sep 3, 2023
Japan achieved ambitious Paris Olympic goal during FIBA World Cup
World No. 36 Japan claimed Asia's only direct ticket to next summer's Paris Games by finishing first among Asian teams at the Basketball World Cup.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe shoots during the team's loss to Australia on Tuesday in Okinawa.
Aug 30, 2023
Japan's World Cup run ends with loss to Australia
World No. 36 Japan ran into a brick wall in the form of No. 3 Australia at Okinawa Arena.
Australian will be determined to bounce back after going down 85-82 in Sunday's heavyweight Basketball World Cup battle with Germany.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 28, 2023
Japan must shoot lights out against Australia, coach says
Tom Hovasse said his players would need to take things up another notch in their final group game Tuesday against a "bigger, stronger" Australian side.
Japan's players celebrate their Basketball World Cup win over Finland at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 28, 2023
Japan gets first World Cup win in thriller against Finland
Japan head coach Tom Hovasse heaped praise on his players for never giving up during a "crazy game."
Japan's Yuta Watanabe scores two of his 20 points during the team's group stage loss to Germany on Friday in Okinawa.
Aug 26, 2023
Japan head coach Hovasse wants more of same from Yuta Watanabe
Speaking after Germany triumphed 81-63 over the tournament co-host on Friday, Hovasse had nothing but praise for his star player.
Keisei Tominaga (left) represents the second generation of his family to play at basketball's biggest international tournament.
Aug 23, 2023
Keisei Tominaga follows in dad's footsteps at Basketball World Cup
Hiroyuki Tominaga's experience at the 1998 World Championship inspired him to encourage his son to go abroad.
Australian forward Nick Kay scored 12 points in his team's win over France at Ariake Arena on Sunday.
Aug 21, 2023
Australian B-League star Nick Kay says Boomers won't overlook Japan
Kay said world No. 3 Australia will be wary of 36th-ranked Japan at the World Cup despite the gap between the teams in the rankings.
Japan's Hirotaka Yoshii (center) defends against Slovenia's Luka Doncic during the first quarter at Tokyo's Ariake Arena on Saturday.
Aug 20, 2023
Luka Doncic sends World Cup signal as Slovenia hammers Japan
Yudai Baba scored 13 points for a Japan side once again missing Phoenix Suns guard-forward Yuta Watanabe, who hurt his ankle Tuesday in a win over Angola.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2023
Japan blows past Taiwan in Basketball World Cup warm-up
Yudai Baba and Shuta Hara led Japan with 18 points each, with Hara going 6-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Japan Times
Aug 31, 2022
Japan downs Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifying
Akatsuki Japan, already qualified as a co-host of next year's tournament, led by 12 points in the third quarter of the Group F encounter.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2022
Akatsuki Japan without American coach Tom Hovasse for Iran qualifier
The Japan Basketball Association cited the U.S. government's ban on travel to Iran, among other reasons, in taking the decision.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2022
Yudai Baba tops scoring as Japan blows out Iran to sweep series
Head coach Tom Hovasse's team outscored the visitors 25-14 in the second quarter and remained in control for the rest of the contest.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2022
Yudai Baba and Yutaro Suda lead Japan to narrow win over Iran
Playing without NBA forwards Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe, Tom Hovasse's new-look Japan side avenged a loss to Iran in the group stage of the FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia last month.
Japan Times
Jan 23, 2017
Hovasse appointed as Japan's first foreign-born women's basketball national team head coach
Having achieved successful results over the past several years, the Japan women's national basketball team is shooting for a medal finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2016
Japan names provisional hoop squad with Olympic qualifying looming
With a month to go until Olympic qualifying in Belgrade, the provisional Japan men's national basketball team entered its third training camp at Tokyo's National Training Center on Wednesday.


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