Fujioka building big reputation

Basketball Apr 26, 2017

Fujioka building big reputation

by Kaz Nagatsuka

She is big, strong, tough, smart, and can do everything. Youngster Manami Fujioka could be the next floor leader and star guard for the Japan women's national basketball team. It's only been one year since she graduated from the University of Tsukuba, but Fujioka has already ...

Tokashiki getting used to dual demands

Basketball Oct 12, 2016

Tokashiki getting used to dual demands

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As a two-time WJBL MVP and a Seattle Storm player, Ramu Tokashiki is undoubtedly the biggest star in Japanese women's basketball right now. But even for a superwoman like her, it's not easy to adjust while playing in two different leagues. After the Storm were ...

WNBA honors Tokashiki

Basketball Sep 26, 2015

WNBA honors Tokashiki

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki was selected to the WNBA All-Rookie Team for the 2015 season, the league announced on Thursday. The 192-cm Tokashiki, who was the third-best rookie in scoring at 8.2 points per game while starting in 16 of 30 contests, earned six ...

Basketball May 28, 2015

Star guard Oga joins WJBL's Toyota Antelopes

Yuko Oga is returning to the WBJL to play for the Toyota Antelopes, according to published reports this week. The 32-year-old veteran guard, a Yamagata native, helped lead the Japan national team to the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship for Women title, its first continental title ...

Basketball Apr 21, 2015

Former Olympic basketball player Kaiho dies at 73

by Ed Odeven

Nobuo Kaiho, a guard on Japan's men's basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 73. The Tokyo native passed away at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday, according to published reports. The cause was cancer. Kaiho played college ball at ...