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Japan's Yuta Watanabe in action against Cape Verde during the FIBA World Cup in Okinawa Prefecture in September.
OLYMPICS / Basketball
Mar 20, 2024
Japanese basketball teams face tough groups at Paris Olympics
Japan's men will do battle with Germany and France, while the women were drawn into a group that includes the U.S.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe celebrates after the team's win over Cape Verde during the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Okinawa on Saturday. Japan earned an Olympic berth with the win.
Sep 3, 2023
Japan achieved ambitious Paris Olympic goal during FIBA World Cup
World No. 36 Japan claimed Asia's only direct ticket to next summer's Paris Games by finishing first among Asian teams at the Basketball World Cup.
Members of team Japan celebrate their victory after their FIBA Basketball World Cup Group O match match with Cape Verde on Saturday.
Sep 2, 2023
Japan secures Olympic berth with World Cup win over Cape Verde
Japan books its ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics, triumphing over Cape Verde 80-71 in a FIBA World Cup Group O matchup.
Yuta Watanabe celebrates Japan's comback win over Venenzula at the Okinawa Arena on Thursday.
Sep 1, 2023
With victory over Venezuela, Japan inches closer to Olympics
In a nail-biter, Japan erases a nine-point gap to triumph over Venezuela. They are now just one win away from securing their Olympic dreams.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe shoots during the team's loss to Australia on Tuesday in Okinawa.
Aug 30, 2023
Japan's World Cup run ends with loss to Australia
World No. 36 Japan ran into a brick wall in the form of No. 3 Australia at Okinawa Arena.
Australian will be determined to bounce back after going down 85-82 in Sunday's heavyweight Basketball World Cup battle with Germany.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 28, 2023
Japan must shoot lights out against Australia, coach says
Tom Hovasse said his players would need to take things up another notch in their final group game Tuesday against a "bigger, stronger" Australian side.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe scores two of his 20 points during the team's group stage loss to Germany on Friday in Okinawa.
Aug 26, 2023
Japan head coach Hovasse wants more of same from Yuta Watanabe
Speaking after Germany triumphed 81-63 over the tournament co-host on Friday, Hovasse had nothing but praise for his star player.
Japan's Yuki Kawamura attempts a shot against France during their game at Ariake Arena on Thursday night.
Aug 18, 2023
France pulls away late to beat Japan in World Cup warmup
Japan came up short in a bid to replicate its 2021 upset of basketball heavyweight France.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2023
Japan blows past Taiwan in Basketball World Cup warm-up
Yudai Baba and Shuta Hara led Japan with 18 points each, with Hara going 6-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2023
Japan beats Bahrain in final FIBA World Cup qualifier
Japan cruised past Bahrain 95-72 in its final match of Asian qualifying for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup on Sunday.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2022
Akatsuki Japan without American coach Tom Hovasse for Iran qualifier
The Japan Basketball Association cited the U.S. government's ban on travel to Iran, among other reasons, in taking the decision.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2022
Yudai Baba tops scoring as Japan blows out Iran to sweep series
Head coach Tom Hovasse's team outscored the visitors 25-14 in the second quarter and remained in control for the rest of the contest.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2021
Tom Hovasse replaces Julio Lamas as Japan men's team head coach
The American led the women's Akatsuki Five team to a historic silver medal at this summer's Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
Aug 5, 2021
Japan's women's basketball team not satisfied with just being Cinderella
The Akatsuki Five are officially in uncharted territory. Can they reach the podium?
Japan Times
Jul 1, 2021
Japan names women's basketball team for Tokyo Olympics
The Japan Basketball Association announced the 12-player roster for the women's national team for the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2021
Tom Hovasse pushing Akatsuki Five hard ahead of Olympics
The American coach saw plenty of things to fix within his squad during last week's three-game exhibition series against Portugal.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2021
Tom Hovasse's Akatsuki Five focusing on small ball ahead of Olympics
With star forward Ramu Tokashiki still rehabbing from an ACL injury, Japan will need to find ways to make up for its height disadvantage against group opponents France and the United States.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2021
Japan draws tough assignments for Tokyo Olympic basketball tournament
Japan's men’s and women’s basketball teams will face a stiff challenge during the preliminary round of this summer Tokyo Games after being given a tough road during the draw for the Olympic tournaments on Tuesday.
Japan Times
Nov 10, 2020
Japan women's coach Tom Hovasse looks to unearth new talent at camp
The Akatsuki Five's first meeting in nine months offers the American coach a look at players who might not have made his Olympic roster if the games had taken place as scheduled.
Japan Times
Aug 15, 2020
Japan's national basketball teams switch gears with eye on next summer's Tokyo Olympics
Japan's national basketball team head coaches are staying positive as they refocus their efforts for the Summer Games.


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