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The Tigers' Teruaki Sato has hit at least 20 home runs in three straight seasons.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 28, 2024
Tigers remain the Central League's team to beat as rival Giants loom
While Hanshin may be favored to repeat, the rest of the league will be waiting to pounce should the Kansai club falter.
2024 marks the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, with the year predicted to be a good time for fresh starts.
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Jan 2, 2024
Opportunities await the bold in the Year of the Wood Dragon
From February, you can expect a rush of creativity, passion, courage and confidence with the arrival of the Wood Dragon, say astrologers.
Sho Nakata
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 5, 2023
Dragons add Nakata to bolster offense
The 34-year-old became a free agent this offseason by opting out of his multiyear contract with the Yomiuri Giants.
Cuban national team pitcher Yariel Rodriguez takes a photo with a fan in Havana on March 20.
Oct 6, 2023
Dragons release Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodriguez
Rodriguez played for Cuba at the World Baseball Classic in March but did not return to Japan after the tournament.
Sheldon Neuse of the Hanshin Tigers doubles in a run against the Chunichi Dragons in their Central League game at Vantelin Dome Nagoya on Tuesday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Baseball
Sep 6, 2023
CL-leading Tigers look unstoppable in win over Dragons
The Tigers remained 7½ games ahead of the second-place Hiroshima Carp.
Yohei Oshima celebrates reaching 2,000 hits on Saturday in Nagoya.
Aug 26, 2023
Yohei Oshima gets 2,000th hit in Dragons' loss
Oshima singled to center in the third inning, making him the 55th player in Nippon Professional Baseball to reach the milestone.
The Dragons' Yuya Yanagi pitches against the Carp in Nagoya on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 14, 2023
Yuya Yanagi throws nine no-hit frames before Dragons win in 10th
Yuya Yanagi threw nine no-hit innings before the Chunichi Dragons won a 10th-inning home run derby to defeat the Hiroshima Carp 2-1 in the Central League on Sunday.
Giants pitcher Iori Yamasaki (right) and second baseman Naoki Yoshikawa pose for photos during the hero interview after Yomiuri's win over the Dragons at Tokyo Dome on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 29, 2023
Iori Yamasaki wins fourth straight start as Giants top Dragons
The Giants held off the Dragons at Tokyo Dome to earn their third straight win.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 23, 2023
Takayoshi Noma and Masato Morishita shine as Carp win sixth straight
In other Central League action, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers, while the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 22, 2023
Hiroto Takahashi leads Dragons to win over Eagles in NPB's interleague finale
Hiroto Takahashi allowed two runs, none earned, over 6⅔ innings to pick up the win as the Central League's Chunichi Dragons completed this year's interleague session with a 5-2 victory over the Pacific League's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 16, 2023
Former Dragons ace Shigeru Sugishita, known as the 'God of the Forkball,' dies at 97
Known as 'the God of the Forkball,' Sugishita won 215 career games, all but four for the Dragons between 1949 and 1958.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 8, 2023
Hanshin's Kotaro Otake and Chunichi's Seiya Hosokawa earn monthly honors with new clubs
NPB announced its monthly MVPs for May in the Central and Pacific Leagues on Thursday.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 22, 2023
Adam Walker hits two-run home run to propel Giants to fifth straight win
The victory at Tokyo Dome was the Giants' fifth straight and completed a two-game sweep of the last-place Dragons, who have lost seven in a row.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 20, 2023
Foster Griffin and Takumi Oshiro lead Giants to win over struggling Dragons
Griffin had another strong showing against Chunichi, and Oshiro backed him up with a grand slam.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 22, 2023
Hanshin Tigers rookie Shoki Murakami nearly perfect again in win over Dragons
Hanshin Tigers rookie Shoki Murakami dominated for the second straight game, going the distance for his first career win Saturday, 2-0 over the Central League rival Chunichi Dragons.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB Preview
Mar 30, 2023
Central League rivals hoping to prevent Swallows three-peat in 2023
Hanshin’s pitching staff has turned run prevention into an art. If the hurlers get more help from the batters, Hanshin can win the pennant.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 15, 2023
Australia skipper Dave Nilsson would welcome chance to manage in NPB
Baseball continues to bring the former Dragon back to Japan, and each trip has only reinforced the idea that the challenge of leading an NPB team is one he would gladly take on.
Japan Times
Nov 25, 2022
‘Mr. Baseball’ endures as go-to resource for players headed to Japan
Many who accept offers to play in Japan will surely prepare for the experience the same way those before them have for 30 years: by watching 'Mr. Baseball.”
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 8, 2022
Dragons veteran Kosuke Fukudome to retire after season
Fukudome spent five years in the majors from 2008 with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 31, 2022
Shota Imanaga tames Dragons to end BayStars' four-game skid
The 28-year-old struck out five and kept Chunichi off the board as he earned a win on all of his five starts in August.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals