No. Basketball is still an upcoming sport in Japan. Baseball and soccer are way more popular than basketball in Japan,
Yes. Basketball is the biggest sport in China. More than 300 million Chinese are active basketball players. Basketball has grown in popularity thanks to Yao Ming,
The NBA starts in the winter (December), and ends in early summer (May). This supports basketball as a winter sport.
Basketball is primarily an anaerobic sport that requires explosiveness, acceleration and change of direction. This is performed by fast-twitch (Type 2) muscle fibres.