Past, present, and future of Japan's point gods -- Jul 22
Maybe it’s how the point guards of Japan women’s basketball are trained. Maybe there’s some secret tradition that they pass on to each other, generation to generation. Maybe it’s just in their blood.

Whatever the reason may be, Japan keeps on churning out unbelievable talent at the guard position and the trend seems nowhere close to slowing down.

The line of superstar guards from Japan is obviously a long one, but let’s start with one of the best ever to have laced her shoes up for the national team.

After starring at the youth level, Yuko Oga made her Women’s Asia Cup debut back in 2001 only one week before she turned 19. She then proceeded to be one of the youngest ever to play in the Olympics for the Japan women’s basketball team in 2004. Four years later, she became the second Japanese player to play in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury.

Oga played in six Women’s Asia Cups through the 2000s and early 2010s, winning five medals throughout that span. She had battled China and Korea fiercely in the early stages of her national team career and it was only until 2013 when Oga was able to secure her first Women’s Asia Cup championship in Bangkok.

The 2013 Women’s Asia Cup title was Japan’s first in over 40 years and most likely Oga would not have been able to experience that without the help of Asami Yoshida, another one of Japan’s legendary point guards.

Yoshida made her Women’s Asia Cup debut at just 19 years old in 2007 and has never failed to help lead Japan to a medal in the competition. Finally, after three straight Bronze medals form 2007 to 2011, Yoshida tasted the glory of winning it all in 2013 and didn’t look back.

She repeated as a member of the All-Star Five and a champion in 2015, before one last run in 2017 to complete the three-peat. Even in her last Women’s Asia Cup played, Yoshida was still doing what she does best with 6.0 assists per game (2nd among all players).

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Aug 10
People in the US will be able to watch Japanese pro baseball games live on cable TV and the internet soon. (NHK)
Aug 07
Yokohama FC’s Kazuyoshi Miura, playing in his first game of the season, became the oldest player to take to the pitch in Japan’s league cup competition, the YBC Levain Cup, on Wednesday at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 10 days. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
A huge Olympic rings monument in Tokyo Bay has been temporarily removed for safety checks. (NHK)
Aug 04
Five-time Olympian Ken Terauchi, who is set to dive for Japan at the Tokyo Games next summer, is being treated in hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, his sponsor announced Monday. (Kyodo)
Aug 04
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Aug 03
Organizers of the Tokyo Games announced the schedule for the Paralympics on Monday, with only minor changes to the plan that was in place before the coronavirus pandemic forced a one-year postponement. (Kyodo)
Aug 03
Fiji and Japan will be among the teams lining up alongside the Six Nations in a hastily organized eight-team international competition that will be held this autumn. (
Aug 02
Former ozeki Terunofuji completed a stunning comeback to the top division Sunday by clinching the July Grand Sumo Tournament with a final-day victory over sekiwake Mitakeumi. (Kyodo)
Jul 31
Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho withdrew from the July Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday with three days remaining in the relocated event, which is now missing both grand champions. (Kyodo)
Jul 30
Japan's badminton governing body announced the cancellation Wednesday of the 2020 Japan Open because of difficulties stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
Jul 30
The Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan has been canceled for 2020. (
Jul 30
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Jul 29
Grand champion Hakuho claimed his 10th win for the sole lead at the July Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, while newly-promoted ozeki Asanoyama suffered his first loss. (Kyodo)
Jul 29
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Jul 28
Baseball is back and it’s in full swing, even if the fans aren’t in the stands. The first weekend would have to be deemed a success and, after all the work it took to get the players back on the diamond, it was great to sit back and enjoy the sound of bat on ball. (
Jul 27
An annual marathon in Hokkaido, called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been moved online and attracted a record 3,000 applicants in a week, its biggest draw since the race started in 2015. (Kyodo)
Jul 26
The Japan Sumo Association had some harsh words on Saturday for 26-year-old wrestler Abi for eating out with backers in violation of guidelines meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo)
Jul 25
Fireworks lit up the skies across Japan at 8 p.m. on Friday, which was to be the date of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics before it was postponed. (NHK)
Jul 25
If you are a particularly busy person, you probably take advantage of spare time to rest. (
Jul 24
Event capacity will remain capped at 5,000 people through the end of August, the government decided Wednesday, citing the rising number of new cases nationwide. (