Abe Visits Fukushima Soccer Training Facility

Abe visits Fukushima soccer training facility

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a soccer training facility in Fukushima Prefecture to see how reconstruction has progressed since the 2011 nuclear accident.

The J-Village training facility was used as an operational base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Olympic Torch May Start At Fukushima Soccer Ground

Olympic torch may start at Fukushima soccer ground

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are close to choosing J-Village, a soccer training facility near the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor, as the starting point of the Olympic torch relay.

The relay is planned to start somewhere in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011. The area's recovery is an underlying theme of the games.

Japan Soccer League To Launch Esports Tournament

Japan soccer league to launch esports tournament

Japan's professional football league will launch an esports league this year in cooperation with a major videogame maker, Konami Digital Entertainment.

J.League and the company announced on Friday that they will co-host the tournament, which will take place in July.

Soccer/ U.s. Ties Japan 2-2 In Women's World Cup Tuneup

SOCCER/ U.S. ties Japan 2-2 in Women's World Cup tuneup

CHESTER, Pennsylvania--Alex Morgan scored her 99th international goal, but Yuka Momiki responded with a stoppage-time equalizer and Japan tied the United States 2-2 on Wednesday night in the SheBelieves Cup tuneup tournament for the Women's World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe also scored for the Americans in a rematch of the last two Women's World Cup finals.

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. 

Soccer/ No Sign Of Inexperienced Japan Throwing Off The Shackles

SOCCER/ No sign of inexperienced Japan throwing off the shackles

ABU DHABI--Japan have hardly set the tournament alight on their run to the Asian Cup semi-finals, and it looks unlikely coach Hajime Moriyasu is going to throw off the shackles when they meet Iran for a place in the final on Monday.

Three wins by a single goal margin in the group stage were followed by a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the last 16 and a VAR-assisted triumph over Vietnam by the same score in Thursday's quarter-final.

Little Glee Monster To Sing Theme Song For Soccer Exchange Program

Little Glee Monster to sing theme song for soccer exchange program

Little Glee Monster's new song "I BELIEVE" has been picked up as the theme song for 'ASIAN ELEVEN.'

'ASIAN ELEVEN' is a soccer exchange program supported by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Football Association of Japan, and Japan Professional Football League. "I BELIEVE" is included in Little Glee Monster's fourth album "FLAVA," which was released on January 16, and was written to give 'ASIAN ELEVEN' activities a boost.

Keisuke Honda Starts To Coach Cambodia Soccer Team

Keisuke Honda starts to coach Cambodia soccer team

Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda, who became the effective coach of the Cambodia's national team, says he intends to move forward slowly and steadily to build up the team.

Honda led a practice session of the team for the first time in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

Soccer Star Honda To Be Gm For Cambodia Team

Soccer star Honda to be GM for Cambodia team

Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda says he will be the new general manager of the Cambodian national team, also effectively serving as a coach for the team.

At a news conference on Sunday in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Honda announced that he had signed a 2-year contract with the team.

Soccer Legend Iniesta Arrives In Japan

Soccer legend Iniesta arrives in Japan

Spanish soccer legend Andres Iniesta has arrived in Japan to play in the professional J.League for Vissel Kobe.

The star midfielder played for Spain's national team in the recent FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.