Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Some of Japan’s top athletes have expressed mixed feelings following Tuesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for “about a year” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran female sport climber Akiyo ...

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Soccer Dec 8, 2019

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Midfielder Junya Ito bagged his first goal of the season for Genk in the Belgian top-flight side's 2-1 win at Cercle Brugge. Ito opened the scoring in the 34th minute at Jan Breydel Stadium before Cercle Brugge equalized in the second half. Sander Berge sealed ...

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

A lack of ruthlessness in front of the goal proved costly for Japan's Olympic hopefuls on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in an under-22 friendly. Headlined by senior national team regulars Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan, Hajime Moriyasu's side created several scoring opportunities ...

Ritsu Doan scores debut goal in PSV's rout of Zwolle

Soccer Sep 30, 2019

Ritsu Doan scores debut goal in PSV's rout of Zwolle

Midfielder Ritsu Doan came off the bench in the second half to score his first goal for PSV Eindhoven in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of PEC Zwolle in the Dutch first division. Doan entered the game six minutes after the break and found the net in ...

Ritsu Doan earns big move to Dutch titans PSV Eindhoven

Soccer Aug 28, 2019

Ritsu Doan earns big move to Dutch titans PSV Eindhoven

Japanese midfielder Ritsu Doan is set to transfer from FC Groningen to fellow Dutch first-division side PSV Eindhoven, the latter club announced Tuesday. The 21-year-old joined Groningen in 2017 from the J. League's Gamba Osaka and scored nine goals in his first season with the ...

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 23, 2019

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

by Dan Orlowitz

"Defense wins championships," as the old saying goes. The Samurai Blue certainly needed plenty of it on Monday after maintaining less than 24 percent possession over 90 minutes of their Asian Cup round of 16 win against Saudi Arabia under the baking sun at Sharjah ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Soccer Dec 15, 2018

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men's national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a new core of emerging players. The Samurai Blue will kick off the Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 tournament in the ...