Sports and Japan

Japan Downs China 7-1 to Sweep WBC Round One 3-0

Samurai Japan is going strong in the World Baseball Classic Group B contest as it trounced China 7-1 in the third game in Round 1 at the Tokyo Dome March 10.

February 28, 2017 at 11:31 pm

King Kazu Leads Yokohama FC at Age 50

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Japan and the J-League is now in its 25th year of action.

February 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Sara Takanashi Did It at Last!

Time and again we have covered Sara Takanashi and her masterful ski jumping in the world cup contests, and now at last we are here to report that she at last marked her 53rd win to top the world in both women's and men's ski jumping.

February 2, 2017 at 1:09 am

Takanashi, Good to Have You Back!

After a momentary but painful interlude, Japan's queen of ski jumping is back again to the center of the honor's platform at the 12th jump at the Women's World Cup in Romania, January 29.

January 31, 2017 at 11:05 pm

A 19-Year-Old Japanese Collegiate Marks New World Record in 200-M Breaststroke

Japan is known to excel in breaststroke and here's another evidence why so.

January 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Yokozuna Kisenosato Pledges to Wrestle Worthy of Title

This is a follow-up my previous episode on Kisenosato, Ozeki then and Yokozuna today, as the Japan Sumo Association officially notified Kisenosato its final decision to have him promoted to the highest rank of Yokozuna or Grand Champion, January 25.

January 25, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Ozeki Kisenosato Promoted to 72nd Yokozuna

Sumo fans have long been anxious to see a native Japanese rikishi made Yokozuna, the highest rank in Sumo, hopefully in the person of Champion Kisenosato who has attempted and failed so often due to hard luck and his own mental instability.

January 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm

13-Year-0ld Table Tennis Prodigy Nominated to Join Team Japan in World Championships in May

Tomokazu Harimoto, a 13-year-old table tennis prodigy from Sendai, Japan, is picked to join Japan's men's team to challenge the world championships in Germany this May.

December 13, 2016 at 12:22 am

Judo to Adopt New Rules at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The International Judo Federation announced December 9 a set of new rules for Judo to be adopted at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

December 9, 2016 at 12:43 am

Shohei Otani Ready to Challenge MLB after post-Next Season

You remember a young ballplayer who hurled and slugged his team into national stardom this year?

November 13, 2016 at 4:21 am

3 Japanese Dancers Shine in Vaganova-PRIX

Russia is the cradle of classic ballet and the Vaganova-PRIX one of big names - a gateway to success, where Japanese dancers won prizes this year.

October 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

Japan's Mid-teen Table Tennis Sensation Miu Hirano Grabs World Women's Singles Cup

Today's episode has to do with table tennis in which Japan's women team won bronze medals and men silvers at Rio.

September 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

Hiroshima Carp 2016 Champs of Central League

Hiroshima's baseball club Carp winning championships in Japan's professional league was the rarest that ever happened to its citizens - for the first time in a quarter of a century.

August 28, 2016 at 7:35 am

The Party’s Over, Rio…

The 31st Olympiad in Rio just came to a denouement with plenty of dramas in and out of the games.

August 28, 2016 at 7:26 am


A few hours ago I wrote Japan had momentarily "won" the first medal in Olympic racewalking as Hirooki Arai finished third for a bronze medal in Men's 50-km Racewalking but was "disqualified" due to an accident at 48km.

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