Olympics / Winter Olympics / Ice hockey Feb 17, 2018

Czech Republic beats Canada in shootout

The Czech Republic beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday in a back-and-forth preliminary game in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament. Petr Koukal and Jan Kovar both scored in the shootout, topping Canada's lone goal. Earlier, Canada had pulled ahead 2-1 on the power ...

National / Politics Jan 5, 2017

Kishida leaves for France to attend security talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday left Japan for France, where he is set to attend "two plus two" talks involving the countries' foreign and defense ministers in which they are likely to discuss China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. After France, Kishida will ...

Basketball Jul 7, 2016

Japan men's basketball team fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

Japan’s hopes of sending a men’s basketball team to the Rio Olympics ended on Wednesday when it suffered its second defeat in as many games, losing 87-71 to the Czech Republic at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Belgrade. The loss means that Japan won't progress ...

Czechs pick 'Czechia' as nation's alternative name

World Apr 15, 2016

Czechs pick 'Czechia' as nation's alternative name

The Czech Republic's leaders have chosen "Czechia" as the one-word alternative name of their country to make it easier for companies, politicians and sportsmen to use on products, name tags and jerseys. The choice, agreed on Thursday evening by the president, prime minister, heads of ...

World Dec 4, 2015

Central Europeans set up group to keep Schengen Zone alive

The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland rejected on Thursday the idea of limiting the European Union's visa-free area to a smaller number of countries and will invite other EU members to help them fight for its survival. Prime ministers of the Visegrad 4 group ...

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

Basketball Aug 15, 2015

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

by Kaz Nagatsuka

A stingy defensive effort by the Japan men's basketball team paid off as the home team cruised past the Czech Republic 65-54 in the second game of their three-game exhibition series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Big man Joji Takeuchi led Japan ...

Czech Republic cagers edge Japan in exhibition

Basketball Aug 14, 2015

Czech Republic cagers edge Japan in exhibition

by Kaz Nagatsuka

On Friday, the Japan men's national team played its first official international contest since FIBA's suspension of the Japan Basketball Association was officially lifted last Sunday. The result? Japan fell 68-66 to the Czech Republic in an exhibition match at Chiba Port Arena. Japan played well, ...

World Jul 19, 2015

Czech Foreign Ministry says five nationals are missing in Lebanon

Five Czechs and their Lebanese driver are missing in Lebanon, a spokeswoman for the Czech Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Lebanese media and a security source had reported earlier Saturday that five Czech nationals were missing after their abandoned vehicle was found near Kefraya in eastern ...