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Japan to be known as 'Samurai Japan' at WBC

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This is what groupthink produces.

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the use of the word "samurai" in the nicknames is getting really old. odango japan!!! now i would like that!!!

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Haras idea would have been "the Japan Giants".

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I guess they ran out of ideas after the first round of drinks in the bar where they held the meeting to find a nick-name.

hahaha. Funny. I guess after someone said "victory salarybots" or "destroyer sakuras" or "win win shinkansens" or "dynamic semiconductors" they ran out of ideas.

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Ah, I think someone is really reaching with this name, not to mention unoriginal - the "Samurai Blue" from the 2006 Football World Cup. I guess they ran out of ideas after the first round of drinks in the bar where they held the meeting to find a nick-name.

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Japan will flop as badly in the 2009 WBC as they did in the 2008 Olympics.

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I don't see the problem with this name. Its better than the embarrassing names some other country's teams give themselves such as the "jillaroos" (ugh) and/or the "tall blacks".

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Guys, this is just a predessor to the unveiling of some idiotic mascot. You watch some big-wig's wife will come up with a cutesy samurai character and the team will have to suffer all the jeering.

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... or perhaps 'Inferiority Complex Japan'?

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Androgynous Japan would certainly be more fitting.

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How about Hello Kitty Japan? Or SMAP Japan? That way they could have got a bunch of sponsorship and better reflected the realities of modern Japan.....

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lame.

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Wince. Cringe.

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powderfinger-constant bunting is a selfless act where one gives himself up for the betterment of the group and as such it's the perfect example of Japanese spirit in a microcosym(sp?).....either that or it's a dull, predictable tactic used by uninspired Japanese managers afraid of what the TV pundits may say. My guess is the latter

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I would have preferred unleash the Samurai

but anyway Korea is going to whip them again

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Japanese people really don't seem to mind being beta

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Someone forgot about the national (racial?) love affair with bunting.

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If I was a MLB player I would only come here for the groupies.

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And everyone will be pronouncing it "Sam-your-eye". Jeez, gimme a break...

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The American team will easily be beaten. I noticed our team does not care to play hard on the international level. They make no money out of it. If its not MLB they are just gonna send out the bench warmers. Sad, I would love to see them play hard against international teams. :(

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THEY....sigh

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“Samurai Japan”, named after the country’s former warrior nobility.

does this mean when they lose the will do the much regarded Samurai way of atonement?

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Copy Cats.

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Does this mean that when Japan chokes (like the Olympics) all of the players (and coaching staff) will be invited to fall on their swords?

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How predictable. Doesn't Japan ever get tired of falling back on a "spirit" that died generations ago? Except of TV and in the movies, of course.

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Are the women's national teams going to call themselves Chattel of the Male Head of Household Japan to draw on their own contemporary status with the Samurai? As long as we are going with tradition.

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Yeah, Cowboy America and Convict Australia might be good, too. Great stuff, Japan.

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Ninjapan would be better.

Along with Convict Australia and The Venezuela Socialist Club.

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It's not that bad, but doesn't have the catchy goodness of "Samurai Blue"

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Will we also be getting Cowboy America, Digger Australia, Charro Mexico, etc?

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Oh brother. How about Nippon Ninja?

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Daft.

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