Tag - top-league



Japan Times
Oct 14, 2015
Top League well represented as Rugby World Cup prepares for quarterfinals
Japan may be out of the Rugby World Cup but the Top League is still well represented as the tournament enters the knockout stage.
Japan Times
Jul 1, 2015
Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes
While the Japan Super Rugby franchise is struggling to get any players to commit to it, the Top League sides are having no such problems.
Feb 15, 2015
Suntory, Toshiba reach All-Japan Championship semifinals
Two of Australia's Super Rugby sides will have to wait a little longer for their Japan imports after Suntory Sungoliath advanced to the semifinals of the All-Japan Championship on Sunday.
Feb 14, 2015
Shuttles win spoils Williams' farewell
Shane Williams was hoping Valentine's Day would be the icing on the cake to his glittering career, but his hopes of getting Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars into the Top League were well and truly squashed Saturday by Toyota Industries Shuttles.
Feb 5, 2015
Panasonic prop Inagaki finalizes deal with Melbourne Rebels
Panasonic Wild Knights prop Keita Inagaki will play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels, the two-time defending Top League champions announced Thursday.
Japan Times
Feb 1, 2015
Panasonic battles through pain barrier to claim Top League crown
Panasonic Wild Knights repeated as Top League champions on Sunday following a 30-12 win over Yamaha Jubilo in front of 16,304 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2015
Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final
Panasonic Wild Knights showed just why they are the defending Top League champions Sunday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 50-15 in the second LIXIL Cup semifinal to set up a final clash with Yamaha Jubilo.
Oct 25, 2014
Top League set for shorter season
With Japan set to be named the 18th Super Rugby team when the competition is expanded in 2016, the 2015-2016 Top League season will be abbreviated.
Sep 21, 2014
Kitagawa shines for Panasonic in 100th Top League game
Tomoki Kitagawa marked his 100th Top League game in style Sunday as he crossed four times in Panasonic Wild Knights' 80-7 thrashing of Munakata Sanix Blues.
Aug 21, 2014
Top League to introduce new officiating system this season
When the Top League kicks off its 12th season on Friday, there will be a slight change in the officiating as the league implements a television match official system.
Aug 21, 2014
Defending champ Panasonic faces tough opener as Top League kicks off
The 2014-2015 Top League season kicks off Friday with a plethora of new world-class coaches and players and the added bonus of Rugby World Cup places to play for.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / WEEK 3
Sep 21, 2008
Civility penalizes Japan's refs
My first reaction on hearing that a Japanese alliance of sports associations would hold a study weekend on international refereeing was that it was "too little — too late."
Aug 22, 2007
Confusion at the Defense Ministry
The confusion in the Defense Ministry that accompanied the selection of the ministry's new administrative vice minister appears to have been settled. But the unfortunate episode revealed a lack of prudence on the part of Defense Minister Yuriko Koike and a lack of leadership on the part of Prime Minister...


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals