Olympics Mar 12, 2020

WBSC unveils Olympic softball schedule

The World Baseball Softball Confederation unveiled the Tokyo Olympics competition schedule for women's softball on Thursday, saying Japan will square off against Australia in the opening game in Fukushima. The opener will be played at Azuma Stadium at 9 a.m. on July 22, two days ...

Softball team eyeing 2020 title

More Sports Aug 26, 2018

Softball team eyeing 2020 title

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Winning the gold medal for the fifth consecutive time like the Japan softball team did is an unprecedented and remarkable feat for any athlete or team. But the team feels it is still a long way from achieving its ultimate goal of winning the Olympic ...

More Sports Aug 12, 2018

Japan beats Canada to reach softball world championship final

Japan booked a rematch in the women's softball world championship final against the world No. 1 United States after beating Canada 3-0 in the bronze medal game on Saturday afternoon. Right-hander Yukiko Ueno fanned seven and scattered four hits in her shutout victory, and left ...

Japan clinches softball series win over U.S.

More Sports Jun 25, 2017

Japan clinches softball series win over U.S.

Playing at the main softball venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, world No. 1 Japan beat the United States 5-3 on Sunday to clinch their three-game series. A night after she struck out swinging for the fences in a 5-4 loss to the second-ranked Americans, ...

More Sports Nov 21, 2016

Japan softball manager Utsugi targets Olympic gold in 2020

New Japan national women's softball team skipper Reika Utsugi said Monday she will put everything she has experienced as a player and in coaching capacities at stake to fight for the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "I feel the weight of responsibility and ...

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Olympics Sep 28, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday. Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will see ...

Baseball Jun 17, 2014

NPB aims to use Asia Series to showcase baseball to IOC

Nippon Professional Baseball secretary general Atsushi Ihara said Tuesday that this year's Asia Series is a chance to show off baseball's potential for the International Olympic Committee. Ihara revealed that the tournament pitting Asia's national champions, will take place in Taiwan in November, just before ...

Softball gold medalist Ueno expresses disappointment

Olympics Sep 9, 2013

Softball gold medalist Ueno expresses disappointment

Yukiko Ueno, who won the last Olympic gold medal in softball as Japan's ace pitcher at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, expressed her disappointment on Monday with the International Olympic Committee's vote to exclude the sport from the Olympic program. Softball and baseball had fielded a ...