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Welcome to Sports Chat on The Japan Times Online.

Every Tuesday at noon (Japan time), Japan Times sports columnists will be fielding questions from readers about the sports topics of the day.

Before participating, please note the following:

  • Obscene, racist or abusive language will not be tolerated.
  • Please try to stay on the topic of sports.
  • Please use only English.

The chat moderator will warn you once if you violate these rules. If
you continue to ignore them, you will be banned from the chat.

The chat is not taking place at the moment. Please see the schedule for the next chat.


  • Oct. 30 — Jason Coskrey (Baseball)
  • Nov. 6 — James Mulligan (Soccer)
  • Nov. 13 — Ed Odeven (Basketball)
  • Nov. 20 — Jack Gallagher (Sports in general)
Jack Gallagher is the sports editor of The Japan Times. Named a top 10 columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work in 2004, he has been a sports journalist in Japan for more than 10 years. He has covered numerous events both domestically and internationally, including the Super Bowl, World Cup and Olympics. He was previously an executive in public relations in both the NBA and NFL Europe. He is a native of San Jose, Calif., and a graduate of the University of Southern California.
James Mulligan is a sports writer specializing in soccer for The Japan Times. He covers the J.League and Japan national team and has reported from the World Cup, Champions League, Asian Cup and Club World Cup finals. He covers other sports events for Reuters, the Associated Press, Federation Internationale de Volleyball and International Tennis Federation. He is also a radio and television commentator and correspondent and has worked for NHK World, BBC World Service and ABC’s Radio Australia. He is from England and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Ed Odeven covers basketball for The Japan Times. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. His articles have also appeared in Venezuela Online News, the Jamaica Gleaner, the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times and Swimming World Magazine.

Jason Coskrey is a sports writer for the Japan Times. His primary focus is Japanese baseball but he also has experience covering soccer, American football, boxing and basketball.

He previously worked for the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta. Ga. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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