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 ...

IMF downgrades world growth, warns of 'precarious' 2020

Business / Economy Jul 24, 2019

IMF downgrades world growth, warns of 'precarious' 2020

Global trade tensions, continued uncertainty and rising prospects for a no-deal Brexit are sapping the strength of the world economy, which faces a "precarious" 2020, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday. Trade conflicts are undercutting investment and weakening manufacturing, and the IMF urged countries ...

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Jul 17, 2019

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Japan will face Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying after being drawn in Group F on Wednesday. The draw at the Asian Football Confederation's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur saw the 34 top-ranked sides in Asia, along ...

Japan ousted after draw with Ecuador

Soccer Jun 25, 2019

Japan ousted after draw with Ecuador

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said his team would learn from its Copa America heartbreak after missing out on a place in the quarterfinals following Monday's 1-1 draw with Ecuador. The result puts Paraguay, which did not play on Monday, into the quarterfinals of the tournament. Shoya ...

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 ...