First NBA Basketball School in Japan launches April 5

TOKYO – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and ERUTLUC, Inc. (ERUTLUC), a Japanese youth sporting event company specializing in basketball development, today announced a multiyear collaboration for ERUTLUC to launch and operate the first NBA Basketball School in Japan.

Located at Shibuya Education Academy Shibuya Junior & Senior High School (1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo), the NBA Basketball School Japan will launch on Friday, April 5 and is open to youth ages 5-18 across Tokyo.  The tuition-based basketball development program will cover on-court training, skill development and basketball education for all skill levels.  Registration is open now by visiting

“The launch of NBA Basketball School Japan reflects our commitment to providing opportunities for Japanese youth to learn and play the game,” said Natalia Andre, Senior Manager of Basketball Operations, NBA Asia.  “Through our collaboration with ERUTLUC, young Japanese players at all skill levels will have access to a proven training program that will help them develop on the court and as leaders.”

“We are very happy to open the first NBA Basketball School in Japan,” said ERUTLUC President Yoshikazu Suzuki.  “In recent years, basketball has reached new heights in its popularity in Japan due to the accomplishments of Japanese players in the NBA and the national teams’ success on the world stage.  We believe that launching an NBA Basketball School in Japan will provide an opportunity for many children to become even more familiar with the sport and help them achieve their dreams.”

Nike, an official partner of the NBA Basketball School Japan, will outfit participants and coaches with Nike apparel.

The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to develop players and provide parents, coaches and organizations with a better understanding of the process of improvement, was created by the NBA’s International Basketball Operations department in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, players and player development specialists.  Since 2017, NBA Basketball Schools have been launched in Australia, Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, Greece, India, Italy, Kuwait, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Uruguay.

Players and families can learn more about the NBA Basketball School Japan program, including about future programs across the country, by following NBA Basketball School Japan on Instagram @nbabasketballschool_japan.

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ERUTLUC, Inc. is committed to providing an environment where more children can become the best they can be, offering basketball development lessons across the country.

In addition, ERUTLUC has established four club teams, each with its own philosophy, providing team coaching and specialized training, injury prevention and care by athletic trainers, support for players by mental trainers, and nutritional training for sportsmen.

ERUTLUC has also released over 20 books, sold a basketball DVD series, and published nearly thousands of drills and webinars on the web to support self-practice and team-practices.