Rising Soccer Player Kubo To Join Real Madrid

Rising soccer player Kubo to join Real Madrid

Sources say 18-year-old Japanese soccer player Takefusa Kubo has agreed to join Spain's Real Madrid.

Kubo became the second-youngest player to make a debut with Japan's national team earlier this month.

10-year-old Pro 'go' Player Loses Debut

10-year-old pro 'Go' player loses debut

The youngest-ever Japanese professional "Go" player has lost her debut in the board game to an opponent who is six years older.

The Japan Go Association this month certified 10-year-old Sumire Nakamura as a professional Go player under a special quota for gifted young amateurs. The quota was created to nurture players who can rival champions in China and South Korea, where the game is also popular.

Toyota's Robot Basketball Player Hits Three-pointers Like A Pro

Toyota's Robot Basketball Player Hits Three-Pointers Like A Pro

Could you see yourself cheering for a robot basketball player in the future? That could happen when they’re capable of hitting three-pointers with nearly 100 percent accuracy. CUE 3 is a 6’3″ humanoid robot from Toyota Engineering Society and it’s capable of hitting free throws with almost pinpoint accuracy.

The AP reports that the robot is capable of computing a three-dimensional image of where the basket is. It then uses the sensors on its torse and adjusts the motors inside its arm and knees to make the shot with just the right angle and propulsion.

Former Akb48's Takajo Aki Marries Pro Soccer Player Takahashi Yuji

Former AKB48's Takajo Aki marries pro soccer player Takahashi Yuji

It's been reported that former AKB48 member Takajo Aki (27) and Takahashi Yuji (25) professional soccer player for Sagan Tosu, tied the knot on February 15. 

On her SNS account, Takajo commented, "Please excuse me for this personal matter, but today, I have registered my marriage with Sagan Tosu's Takahashi Yuji-san. By supporting each other as husband and wife, I hope to build a cheerful and peaceful family. I am still very immature, but please continue to support me." Takahashi wrote a similar message on his SNS account. 

Nine-year-old Girl Faces World's Top Go Player

Nine-year-old girl faces world's top go player

A nine-year-old girl who is set to become the youngest professional player of the board game go in Japan has played the world's top-ranked female player.

The Japan Go Association, or Nihon Ki-in, decided to induct Sumire Nakamura as a professional under a special quota for gifted young amateurs.

Father Of Injured Player Files Criminal Complaint

Father of injured player files criminal complaint

The father of an American football player injured by a dirty tackle during a game has filed a criminal complaint with Tokyo police against 2 former coaches of a rival team.

Yasutoshi Okuno took to Twitter on Thursday, writing that police accepted the criminal complaint against former Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida and former coach Tsutomu Inoue.

Coach Caught On Tape Praising Player For Foul

Coach caught on tape praising player for foul

The former head coach of Nihon University's American football team has been caught on tape praising a player who injured an opponent in a match earlier this month.

NHK has obtained an audio recording of ex-head coach Masato Uchida speaking to reporters immediately after the game on May 6th.

Player Says Coaches Ordered Dangerous Tackle

Player says coaches ordered dangerous tackle

A college American football player who injured an opposing team's quarterback during a game in Tokyo says he was ordered by his coaches to make a controversial late tackle.

On May 6th, the Nihon University defender barreled at the Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback from behind a few seconds after he passed the ball. The quarterback suffered a knee injury that was expected to take 3 weeks to heal.

Player: Coaches Ordered Late Hit

Player: Coaches ordered late hit

A college American football player says the team's coaching staff ordered him to carry out a controversial late tackle that sent his opponent to the hospital.

Many Japanese were glued to their televisions as the Nihon University defender apologized to the Kwansei Gakuin quarterback who he injured.

Hirose Alice Confirms Relationship With Basketball Player Tanaka Daiki

Hirose Alice confirms relationship with basketball player Tanaka Daiki

Actress Hirose Alice (23) attended the awards ceremony for the 'COTTON USA AWARD 2018' on May 9. During an interview at this event, the actress confirmed her rumored relationship with basketball player Tanaka Daiki (26).

Just the other day, it was reported that actor Katsuji Ryo (31), who is her senpai at her agency, is dating former AKB48's Maeda Atsuko (26). She commented, "I was surprised to see it on the news. I will ask him when I see him at the office next time." When asked about how her love life is going, she replied, "I am having a good time."

Mano Erina To Marry Soccer Player Shibasaki Gaku

Mano Erina to marry soccer player Shibasaki Gaku

It's been reported that actress Mano Erina will marry Spanish club Getafe CF's Shibasaki Gaku as early as this summer. 

According to Nikkan Sports, the two have already expressed their wish to get married to people around them, and have even told their families. 

Youtube's Dynamic Video Player Makes Its Way Onto Android

YouTube's Dynamic Video Player Makes Its Way Onto Android

Over the years we've seen Android handset makers experiment with a variety of screen sizes and screen resolutions, resulting in a bunch of different display aspect ratios. However the good news for those who spend a lot of time on YouTube is that it the platform's dynamic video player feature is now available on Android.

For those unfamiliar with the feature, it debuted on iOS devices first where the player could automatically adjust itself to content in different aspect ratios. This means that regardless of how the video was captured or your device's display size, the dynamic video player means that YouTube will try and cut out as much of the black bars as possible to give users a full screen experience.

Google Confirms Nexus Player Will Not Be Updated To Android P

Google Confirms Nexus Player Will Not Be Updated To Android P

The Nexus Player was originally launched in 2014 and has since been discontinued, but despite being discontinued, Google has surprisingly kept the device up to date with new features. For example last year Google updated the Nexus Player with Google Assistant, but it seems that's as far as the Nexus Player will go.

For those wondering whether or not the device will be updated to Android P when the update is released, it seems that will not be the case. According to a report from Android Police, Google has confirmed to them that the Nexus Player will not be updated to Android P, meaning that the version of Android it is running on now will essentially be the last version.

Square Enix: Loot Boxes Shouldn't Get In The Way Of Player Experience

Square Enix: Loot Boxes Shouldn't Get In The Way Of Player ExperienceIn the past few months, there has been some controversy surrounding loot boxes in video games, where some have likened it to gambling. While loot boxes aren't new, we suppose the straw that broke the camel's back was Star Wars Battlefront 2's loot box system, in which some players calculated it would cost them an insane amount of money to get what they want.


So how do other developers and publishers feel? According to an interview with Metro, Square Enix's CEO Yosuke Matsuda said that as long as loot boxes do not get in the way of the player experience, it's fine. "It is obviously very bad to have loot boxes that get in the way of the player experience, or detract from it in some way."