Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 17, 2019

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan claimed its third straight win in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday. Takumi Minamino scored the first goal in the second half on a header. He finished with two goals, while ...

Demand for Japan gear rising at frenzied pace during Rugby World Cup

Rugby Oct 16, 2019

Demand for Japan gear rising at frenzied pace during Rugby World Cup

With Japan reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time, fans are scrambling to get their hands on official merchandise. Except the Brave Blossoms have become so popular, demand is far outpacing supply. World Rugby has said more than 200,000 jerseys have been ...

Collective unity behind Japan's remarkable run

Rugby Oct 14, 2019

Collective unity behind Japan's remarkable run

by Rich Freeman

The defining moment during Sunday's enthralling Rugby World Cup game between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama was not Kenki Fukuoka's superb second try. Nor was it any of the umpteen tackles put in by Luke Thompson or Ryoto Nakamura. It came 21 minutes into a ...

History-making Japan sheds reputation as easy opponent

Rugby Oct 14, 2019

History-making Japan sheds reputation as easy opponent

Japan qualified for the knockout stages of a Rugby World Cup for the first time Sunday on their ninth attempt, a remarkable achievement for a side that was regarded until recently as tournament pushovers. The Brave Blossoms, who won all four pool-stage games in the ...