Trade spat sees K-pop caught in the middle

Music Aug 14, 2019

Trade spat sees K-pop caught in the middle

by Patrick St. Michel

The Japanese debut performance of Korean pop group Stray Kids planned for next month should be an unquestionably good thing. The fledgling male outfit has been gaining steam since emerging in 2017, with its nine members having already played shows in Southeast Asia, Australia, ...

'Big Three' give Japan high hopes

Basketball Aug 3, 2019

'Big Three' give Japan high hopes

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With star phenoms Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe on board, the Japan men's national team has gotten its teeth into its training ahead of the FIBA World Cup, which will begin later this month. The Akatsuki Five assembled a dozen players to start their first ...

Big guns set to lead Japan at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Jul 30, 2019

Big guns set to lead Japan at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's "Big Three" — Rui Hachimura, Yuta Watanabe and Nick Fazekas — headline the provisional roster of the Japan men's national team for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Japan Basketball Association officially announced on Tuesday. The 16-man squad was introduced at Fuji Television ...

Brave Blossoms cruise past Fiji

Rugby Jul 27, 2019

Brave Blossoms cruise past Fiji

Japan took just six minutes to show its home fans that its Rugby World Cup preparations are on track, scoring a spectacular first try that set the stage for a five-try, 34-21 win over Fiji on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms' strong performance in their first ...

Japan ramps up Rugby World Cup prep

Rugby Jun 24, 2019

Japan ramps up Rugby World Cup prep

by Rich Freeman

The Brave Blossoms began the second stage of their pre-Rugby World Cup camp on Monday in Miyazaki with head coach Jamie Joseph saying Japan is at the stage where it's respected, but perhaps not feared. However the New Zealander told Kyodo News he is confident ...

Japan comes up empty in scoreless draw with Trinidad and Tobago

Soccer Jun 5, 2019

Japan comes up empty in scoreless draw with Trinidad and Tobago

Japan showed plenty of attacking energy but was foiled by Trinidad and Tobago 'keeper Marvin Phillip in Wednesday's scoreless draw. Although fans at Toyota Stadium were denied a national team debut from 18-year-old wunderkind Takefusa Kubo, who was left off the bench, Japan, ranked 26th ...