Today’s Top Stories in Japan…

24 04 2008

Looooong time since I’ve done one of these – too busy recently I guess. Lots to mention now tho’.

In today’s top sports stories in Japan:

  • ‘Beavis’ off to a solid start (NPB)… [Daily Yomiuri] What an unfortunate nick-name! Still, Hiroyasu Tanaka’s doing good things with Yakult…
  • Giants’ Sakamoto gets to be a hero (NPB)… [Daily Yomiuri] Apparently, like he always wanted. Fair call on wanting it, but show some humility kid!…
  • ‘Shy Prince’ Ishikawa up to scratch (golf)… [Daily Yomiuri] Ryo Ishikawa hits the links with his first pro tour event – and whilst his last day meant that he didn’t win, he certainly has ‘the right stuff’…
  • Kitajima keen for more Olympic Gold (swimming)… [Japan Times] Reigning champ in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke races fuels up for more success…
  • Nagai shutout shows Eagle-strength (NPB)… [Japan Times] The Rakuten Eagles are enjoying a surprising level of success this season…




Today’s Top Sports Stories In Japan…

8 04 2008

Move 90% completed… some small things I have to sort out but generally, we’re done! Yay!

Anyway, in today’s top sports media news in Japan:

  • Toray wins 1st leg of V-League (volleyball)… [Daily Yomiuri] Women’s volleyball league…
  • Saori Yoshida and Kaoru Icho win titles (wrestling)… [Daily Yomiuri] Aaaand another one: women’s wrestling…
  • Hiroko Yamaguchi wins Yamaha Ladies (JLPGA)… [Daily Yomiuri] Ladies Golf – Yamaguchi held on to just win this…
  • Ringer Waisale Serevi makes sure YC&AC win their own 7s title (rugby)… [Daily Yomiuri] Basically the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club created an all-star team to ensure victory…
  • Hulk takes Verdy to victory (soccer)… [Daily Yomiuri] I kid you not, there’s a Brazilian soccer player here in Japan called ‘Hulk’. And yes, the team he plays for wears green…




Top Sports Stories In Japan…

1 04 2008

Brad’s suggestion for a J-Girl model… nice one Brad!Started my new job today… looking pretty good.  And my new apartment is schweet!

Lotsa good things happening at the moment: ’tis Spring, and the sakura are beginning to bloom.

Anyway, in today’s top nihon sports news:

  • J-League Club president resigns over drunk-driving accident… [Mainichi Shimbun]   Huge… Hiroshi Miyata, president of the J.League’s J2 club Mito Hollyhock caught being a bad boy…
  • Nomo’s comeback hits a snag… [Mainichi Shimbun]  Groin injury, ouch.
  • Giants look to a kid (NPB)… [Daily Yomiuri]  Hayato Sakamoto, a 19 year old kid, will take over 2nd base for the Yomiuri Giants…
  • Olympic hopes dashed (Handball)… [Japan Times]  The Japanese national women’s team was beaten by Hungary, dousing any chances they had of making it to Beijing…




Top Sports Stories in Japan…

31 03 2008

Delicious… Miwa OshiroTyping this from Kyushu.  Made part of the move (my furniture’s yet to join me, as are my family)… Still REALLY tired from the drive & unsettled sleeping arrangements, but tomorrow – new job.

Anyway, today’s top stories in Japan were:

  • Yakult wallops Tokyo Giants, 10-2 (NPB)… [Daily Yomiuri I now live in the territory of the Fukuoka Hawks, but I’ll always be a dragons-fan!  But no matter what – it’s always good to see Yomiuri get thrashed, and that’s 3 on the trot at the hands of Yakult…
  • Ishikawa makes debut in Japan (golf)… [Daily YomiuriThe teen Ryo Ishikawa, or “The Shy Prince” – but is he ‘man’ enough to save men’s golf in Japan?
  • Fukuoka thrashes the Lions (NPB)… [Daily YomiuriMy new local team (don’t worry, still a Chunichi Dragons fan) Fukuoka have now won 6 in a row…
  • Sakata defends the WBA Flyweight title (boxing)… [Mainichi ShimbunThere was a time where the world stopped for a good fight, not any more…
  • Mao’s a shining example of why sports matter (iceskating)… [Japan TimesJack Gallagher continues his love affair with ice-skaters…
  • Dragons beat Carp (NPB)… [Japan Times Yay!  Go Dragons!




Today’s Top Stories In Japan…

18 03 2008

Gorgeous Nina Minami (who featured over at on 205th)…About 10 days ’til my move… yikes – excited, and sad at the same time!

Anyway, in today’s sports-news-media in Japan:

  • Kuwata picks up a win for the Pirates over the Bo’ Sox… [Daily YomiuriOk, and I’m not trying to demean this (god knows Pittsburgh can do with some ups in baseball), but meh… really?
  • Asashoryu & Hakuho on a collision course in Osaka (sumo)… [Daily YomiuriAlways good when the two Yokozuna are at the top of their game… promises to be a tight finish!
  • Dice-K to start in Tokyo for Bo’ Sox… [Japan TimesMore on this later, but good news for both Matsuzaka, Boston and Japan!
  • Urawa Reds sack Osieck after slow start… [Japan TimesUmm… two games in?  Talk about acting hastily… Apparently there are problems both on and off the field in regards to the now former manager…
  • Hoshino-museum opens (NPB)… [Mainichi ShimbunOk, this is more than a tad over the top.  A good manager, but a whole museum?




Today’s Top Stories In Japan…

15 03 2008

Ouch.  Chiaki KyanWhoa… getting warmer here – Spring anyone?

VERY warm down in Fukuoka prefecture (almost organised).

But in today’s top sports stories in Japan…

  • Defending champ Tokoha to face Meiho (High School Baseball invitational)… [Daily Yomiuri] Perhaps Japan’s equivalent to March Madness…
  • Yui Kawahara takes the lead in the Accordia Ladies (golf)… [Daily YomiuriPut in a damn handy 5-under to take an early lead…
  • Asashoryu still on the rampage (sumo)… [Daily YomiuriOsaka basho, and Asa’s a wild man…
  • Bo’ Sox ready for Japan… [Mainichi ShimbunHeaded here to play the A’s…




Today’s Top Stories In Japan

13 03 2008

Very nice indeed…Writing this from down in Kyushu – found a new place to live.  Exciting times ahead for my lil’ clan…

Still, within the sports news today in Japanese papers we find:

  • Marines get a good win over Buffs (NPB)… [Daily Yomiuri]  4-1.  The Chiba Lotte Marines will definitely be one of the teams to beat in the Pacific League this year…
  • Hakuho loses, falls to 3-1 in the Spring Basho (sumo)… [Daily Yomiuri]  Asashoryu still sits on 4-0…
  • Nomo continues comeback… [Japan Times]  Out-dueled Zito as the Royals beat the Giants, 15-6!…
  • Ichiro’s slump only a big deal because he’s Ichiro… [Mainichi Shimbun]  Really shouldn’t be a problem unless it carries over into the ‘real’ season…