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SPORTS JAPAN tells you everything about the exciting world of Japanese sports and martial arts with in-depth analysis and up-to-the-minute stories.


Sun.14:10 - 14:40
20:10 - 20:40
Mon.2:30 - 3:00
8:30 - 9:00

Ayako Kisa

Originally from Tokyo, Ayako lived in Los Angeles for 7 years during her childhood. She later became a well-known newscaster for Fuji TV and married US Major League baseball player Kazuhisa Ishii. She went on to become a freelance TV personality appearing on various news, variety and sports shows.


Apr. 13, Sun.

Tug-of-War - Much More than Muscles

Tug-of-war is enjoyed all over the world and was actually an official Olympic sport from the Paris games in 1900 to Antwerp in 1920. We focus on a team from Shiga Prefecture that won the men's competition at this year's All-Japan Tug-of-War Championships, their first ever national title. Tune in to see why competitors get so heated up and how they devise clever strategies in this fascinating sport.

  • [Guest]
    David Shapiro
    New Yorker David came to Japan to study Judo at the age of 18 and eventually became a black belt. As a Sports Journalist, he's been covering sports in Japan for over 33 years and has become a specialist in Sumo Wrestling.

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