The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Through the posts
Welsh rugby prepares for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Plenty to do away from matches
Frank Lampard: Legend on the lawn
Chelsea’s top scorer trains star-struck kids on embassy visit
Finding the next Rooney
More English clubs launch football schools to boost game and sign stars in Japan
Japan cricket praised despite final loss, few fans and youth
Tips for the winter sports season
Dad and son’s sumo dream
Two generations represent UK at Osaka amateur clash
Respect for rugby
Boost from leaders and locals ahead of world cup
Sagami Bay success bolsters team
British blind sailors learn from Japan experience
Sharing secrets of the Googly
English cricketers build support for fledgling sport
Getting ready for rugby
England 2015 leaders lend their support in the lead up to the world cup in 2019.
Passing the torch
Retired Olympian and former diplomat Mara Yamauchi now dedicates her time to motivational speaking and running-related activities.
Business is buoyant in Japan for the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), with the UK's governing body for underwater activities playing on its Britishness.
United in Health and Spirit
Thunder, lightning and a torrential downpour were not enough to dampen the spirits of 250 children from the disaster-hit Tohoku region when they took part in the Kagome Re: Generation Challenge 2013 with Manchester United FC at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
Howzat for Holyrood Honour?
The Scottish Parliament has recognised the contribution that Alex Miyaji, chief executive officer of the Japan Cricket Association, has made to the promotion of cricket in Japan. In addition, they proposed a match between Scotland and Japan to help the growth of the sport here, and cement ties between the two nations.
In June, the quintessential English game of cricket will become the first major Western sport to hit the 150-year mark in terms of documented matches.
Japan Scottish Highland Games
The Kanda University of International Studies hosted the 30th Japan Scottish Highland Games in early October to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage.
More to Rugby Than a Ruck
Rugby Union has a long and distinguished history in Japan, and there are high hopes that the sport, at all levels, will experience a further boost in the run-up to Japan hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Sick as a Parrot
The Briton who laid the foundations of football in Pohnpei is calling on the sport’s highest ranks for funding to develop the game in this Pacific outpost.
Rugby Sevens Returns to Tokyo
World-class sevens returned to Tokyo on 31 March and 1 April, when the International Rugby Board (IRB) brought Round 7 of the Sevens World Series to Japan.
Gentleman’s Game Played by Ladies
Arsenal Ladies had two wins and one draw on their three-match tour of Japan in late November. But, for last season’s treble-winning team, just as important as the results was the chance to express their support for, and solidarity with, the people of the Tohoku region.
With a slight squeak of rubber on the surface of the court, Shingo Kunieda changes direction and stretches out his racket to meet the ball. In one fluid motion, it returns over the net and lands unerringly within the white lines.
Howzat? New Home for Noble Game
At a council meeting in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture, on 6 December, the executive committee discussed an item more commonly associated with Commonwealth nations—promoting the “noble game” of cricket. A curious entry, this may seem, but it’s at the heart of an ambitious plan to make Sano the centre of cricket in Japan. Days later, the city unveiled a cricket supporters’ club with the catchphrase “Sano, Home of Cricket”.
FA Gives Japan New Cup
English Football Association (FA) Chairman David Bernstein presented his Japanese counterpart, Junji Ogura, with a trophy modelled on the cup originally given by the FA to Japan in 1919. The event, which took place on 23 August at Wembley Stadium, is part of a year-long celebration organised by the Japan Football Association (JFA) to mark its 90th year.
Football Gentleman Scores Latest Gong
Christopher W McDonald OBE— Chris to his many friends—looks as if he’s stepped out of central casting to play the British ambassador: tall and distinguished; handsome and urbane; witty and intelligent; astonishingly well-connected.
“Cradle of Rugby” in First Japan Tour
The high school rugby team of the UK’s famous Rugby School toured Japan in August in the establishment’s first visit to the country. Rugby School—where the sport was invented in 1823—played three high schools in Yokohama, Tokyo and Nagoya.
Marketing the Manchester Magic
One of the UK’s oldest and best known football schools, the Bobby Charlton Soccer and Sports Academy (BCSSA), recently visited Japan to set up a coaching programme with an English-language school and to forge links with local football clubs.
More than Sport
As a newspaper headline, “The Japanese are Coming,” would catch the eye of anyone involved in UK-Japan ties. And that’s exactly what happened in June 2009, when the Leicester Mercury covered the Japanese Olympic Committee’s (JOC) signing of an agreement to use Loughborough University as a pre-tournament training camp for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Theatre of Broken Dreams
It is early evening on 2 December 2010; there is snow on the ground. The large reception hall at Zurich Exhibition Centre is buzzing with anticipation and anxiety, as the many hopeful delegates try to hide their sense of foreboding or excitement behind glasses of water, wine or champagne.