The Japan Times


Nov 6, 2019
Japan’s World Cup will be remembered as wild success

Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock said in 2007, “The Rugby World Cup isn’t just a celebration of rugby, it’s a celebration of the host nation.”RWC ...

Brave Blossoms, Japan, Rugby World Cup

Oct 21, 2019
Japan need to prove Rugby World Cup’s ‘Once in a Lifetime’ catchphrase wrong

The catchphrase of the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan is “Once in a Lifetime.” The big question, a day after the Brave Blossoms were ...

Brave Blossoms, Jamie Joseph, Japan, Japan Rugby Football Union, Rugby World Cup, Sunwolves

Oct 21, 2019
Jonah Lomu’s legacy looms over New Zealand-England semifinal

One trampling run launched Jonah Lomu to global stardom, ensuring his name will be indelibly linked to a Rugby World Cup semifinal between New Zealand ...

All Blacks, England Rugby World Cup, Jonah Lomu, Mike Catt, New Zealand

Oct 20, 2019
Brave Blossoms rue defeat but take pride in their play, see Japan rugby becoming top national sport

Japan’s Rugby World Cup players expressed mixed feelings as their incredible campaign came to an end with a quarterfinal defeat to South Africa on Sunday, ...

2019 Rugby World Cup, Brave Blossoms, rugby, Rugby World Cup, South Africa, Springboks

Oct 11, 2019
Rugby World Cup fans express disappointment about called-off matches

Rugby World Cup fans on Friday expressed mixed feelings as they contemplated a weekend of canceled games due to Typhoon Hagibis, with ticket-holders praying that ...

2019 Rugby World Cup, rugby, Rugby World Cup, Typhoon Hagibis

Oct 7, 2019
Japan coach Jamie Joseph finally earning global recognition

For Japan rugby coach Jamie Joseph, recognition and expectation arrived at about the same time and in equal measure.Joseph has an impressive rugby resume from ...

Brave Blossoms, Jamie Joseph, Japan, Rugby World Cup

Oct 6, 2019
All Blacks wary of potential Japan matchup in quarterfinals

After being pushed surprisingly hard by Namibia in Tokyo on Sunday, All Blacks coaches and players were bombarded with questions from local media about the ...

All Blacks, Brave Blossoms, Japan, New Zealand, Rugby World Cup

Sep 30, 2019
Rugby superfan ‘Bak-san’ becomes World Cup sensation with body-painted jerseys

Step aside Beauden Barrett, Owen Farrell and Siya Kolisi — the real MVP of the 2019 Rugby World Cup so far is “Bak-san.”Japan’s scantily clad ...

Bak-san, body paint, Hiroshi Moriyama, Japan, Rugby World Cup

Sep 26, 2019
Kamaishi saluted by fans, players for its resilience

High school student Yukime Sasaki and two other young girls were all beaming smiles to greet hundreds of visitors who stopped by on Wednesday afternoon ...

Great East Japan Earthquake, Iwate Prefecture, John McKee, kamaishi, Rugby World Cup, Yoshihiko Sakuraba, Yukime Sasaki

Sep 25, 2019
Pressure increases on Rugby World Cup referees

Japan assistant coach Tony Brown weighed in on the latest referee controversy Wednesday when he asked reporters at the Brave Blossoms hotel if they had ...

Brave Blossoms, referees, Rugby World Cup, Tony Brown