National Apr 29, 2017

Government selects 4,185 people for spring honors

This year's spring decorations will recognize 4,080 Japanese and 105 foreign nationals for their achievements in business, culture and the arts, the government said Saturday. Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, 79, will be given the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the ...

Olympics / Summer Olympics Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose someone ...

China, Philippines vying to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

Basketball Aug 6, 2015

China, Philippines vying to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Before the start of the three-day FIBA Central Board meeting on Friday, the Japan Basketball Association hosted a welcome party for the sport's executives at a Tokyo hotel. The dignitaries included FIBA president Horacio Muratore and FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann on Thursday night. One ...