Koshien: Annual event has provided a century of thrills

Baseball Aug 3, 2018

Koshien: Annual event has provided a century of thrills

by Robert Whiting

Ah, Koshien. The 100th National High School Baseball Tournament gets underway on Sunday at historic Koshien Stadium near Kobe. Organized by the Japan High School Baseball Federation in association with the prestigious Asahi Shimbun, the tourney is the largest sporting event in Japan, on par ...

Koryo slugger Nakamura breaks single-tournament homer mark

Baseball Aug 22, 2017

Koryo slugger Nakamura breaks single-tournament homer mark

Koryo catcher Shosei Nakamura hit two homers in the Hiroshima team's 12-9 semifinal victory over Nara's Tenri at the National High School Baseball Championship on Tuesday, rewriting the record of home runs hit by a player in a single tournament. Nakamura tied the five-homer mark ...

The top sports stories of 2016

General Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became the ...

Ex-baseball star Kiyohara freed on ¥5 million bail

National / Crime & Legal Mar 17, 2016

Ex-baseball star Kiyohara freed on ¥5 million bail

Former pro baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara was released on ¥5 million bail on Thursday following his arrest last month and subsequent indictment for alleged drug possession and use. Media failed to capture the face of the 48-year-old celebrity as he left the Metropolitan Police Department ...