Sports and Japan

Legendary Breast-stroker Kosuke Kiitajima Bows Out in Style

Kitajima failed to clock the passing record and finished 5th in 200-meter breaststroke final in the just closed Japan Championships.

March 29, 2016 at 3:43 am

Curling Nadeshikos Won Silver Medals

Our girls did it, folks - those curling Nadeshikos finished second with silver medals in women's Curling World Cup.

March 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

Another "Nadeshiko" on the Go

Now, I have yet another Nadeshikos to tell you about: Curling Nadeshikos, "LS Kitami", women's curling team from Hokkaido.

March 22, 2016 at 9:21 am

A Fresh "Flying Fish of Fujiyama" to Pledge Gold Medal in Tokyo Olympics

Barely three years after the war, a certain "Flying Fish" in Japan snatched world records in swimming then and puzzled the world if Japan had really lost the war.

March 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

Japan Grabbed Silver Medals in World Table Tennis

It's about table tennis today, folks. This afternoon our boys and girls returned from Malaysia with silver medals dangling on their chests.

February 20, 2016 at 4:27 am

Sara Did It Again: Women's World Cup Ski Jump

Don't say "not again" because she did it again. Japan's Sara Takanashi outflew her opponents in the World Cup Women's Ski Jump in Finland, February 19, 96.50m and 99.50, half a meter short of the hill size, to a total of 251.3 points.

February 20, 2016 at 2:17 am

"Legend" Kasai Jumped 3rd in a Row in Nordic Ski World Cup

Yoshinori Kasai, the legendary jumper at age 43.8, snatched bronze medals two jumps in a row, #16 on February 10th in Trondheim and #17 on 12th in Vikersund, both in Norway

February 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

Koto Again? Yep, Koto Again.

One more episode on Kotoshogiku, our Sumo hopeful, the Japanese rikishi who reigned the ring for the first time in a decade.

February 11, 2016 at 9:44 am

Will Japan Beat China in 2020?:Table Tennis

Today, I take up for the first time minor sports in Japan that normally draw less attention - table tennis.

February 8, 2016 at 8:22 am

Fukushi Clinched Ticket to Rio : Osaka International Women's Marathon

Kayoko Fukushi, a free-talking jovial woman marathoner from Aomori, clinched her ticket to Rio January 31 by winning the Osaka International Marathon clocking 2:22:17.

February 8, 2016 at 12:18 am

Japan's New Female Tennis Hopeful : Naomi Osaka

Now, we have Kei Nishikori's equivalent in women's tennis.

January 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Kotoshogiku Really Made It - Grand Sumo Tourney

You'll have two Sumo news in rapid succession as both deserve national, if not global, attention.

January 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Champion Kotoshogiku Overwhelmed GP Hakuho to Lead Spring Sumo Tourney

Four more days go in the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, the Kokugikan roared today over a major upset as Champion Kotoshogiku daringly forced Grand Champion out of the ring on the 11th day of the tourney.

December 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Legendary Heroine of Nadeshiko Japan Retires: Homare Sawa

Japan's women's soccer lost a key pivot today as Homare Sawa, that super striker who won Japan its first World Cup in Germany in 2011, announced her retirement at a press conference in Tokyo, December 17.

December 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

Hanyu Outskating His Idol Evgeni Plushenko?

Yuzuru Hanyu has done it again - dominating the final session of the Figure Skating Grand Prix just closed in Spain's Barcelona December 12 rewriting his own world record.

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