Japanese fans flock to Shanghai for FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 1, 2019

Japanese fans flock to Shanghai for FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The rapidly growing popularity of Japanese basketball and its men's national team has brought fans from the country to China for the FIBA World Cup. Longtime basketball fan Atsushi Kawai was one of many eager Akatsuki Five fanatics wearing vivid red Japan T-shirts at Shanghai ...

Former Japan stars praise growth

Basketball Aug 28, 2019

Former Japan stars praise growth

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Former Japan men's basketball players Takehiko Orimo and Kei Igarashi are grateful the team's current iteration has raised its level in order to compete on the global level. Orimo, who at 49 years old continues to play for the B. League's Levanga Hokkaido, played for ...

Japan focused on success at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Aug 26, 2019

Japan focused on success at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the FIBA World Cup just around the corner, the Japan men's national team will head to China with confidence, but also with some issues that need to be fixed. The squad played a series of warm-up games against New Zealand, Argentina, Germany and Tunisia ...