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Japanese fans rejoice over Nishikori's U.S. Open semifinal win

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More to come from Kei-chan - Michael Chang team.

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Others praised Nishikori for his Yamato damashii - Japanese spirit.

“It is great news,” said Nobukazu Yoshimizu, a financial institution employee. “He’s Japanese, he’s rather small physically, yet he is full of energy and spirit.”

Seriously? Just as I mentioned yesterday. Every significant accomplishment by any Japanese athlete or team becomes an excuse for Japanese self-congratulation on being "Japanese". And, of course, NHK and the media just feed this. Does anyone else remember the insane way they featured every single hit Ichiro got a few years back when he was chasing an MLB hitting record? Led the NHK news every night.

“This will have a huge impact on the sport here and I expect many young children will be inspired to emulate him.”

Now that would be great, and is a positive outcome from him being Japanese, rather than a bunch of salary-men taking false pride in his victory.

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Great job, Kei-san ! It is not just Japanese fans enjoying your success! You have got a real chance to win the whole thing ! Despite what some naysayers may say ! Ganbarre, Kei-san !

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Yay! I'm so happy for Nishikori and Japan.

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Others praised Nishikori for his Yamato damashii - Japanese spirit.

“It is great news,” said Nobukazu Yoshimizu, a financial institution employee. “He’s Japanese, he’s rather small physically, yet he is full of energy and spirit.”

I guess for the Japanese this victory is a victory for Japan, something more than just a win at tennis? These statements stink to high heaven of nationalism and exclusiveness.

I remember just a while ago it was " because we're Japanese" that we lost at the World Cup. Now it's being heavily suggested, if not smacking me in the face, that it's "because he's Japanese" that he won. And you can argue until you're blue in the face that that's not what the media hype is pandering from this victory, but you might pass out from a lack of oxygen.

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Japanese fans AND WOWOW rejoice over Nishikori's U.S. Open semifinal win

Wowow, which has exclusive rights to air the U.S. Open matches in Japan, told JRT that the phones at its subscription centers haven’t stopped ringing since Nishikori began advancing to the tournament’s final stages....“Compared with the same period last year, our subscription center has received 10 times more calls,”......The company didn’t disclose how many customers had signed up for the channel in recent weeks, but said the numbers began rising dramatically as Nishikori reached the round of 16..... the recent surge in subscribers is “record-breaking,” Shares of the company went up 11.2% at one point from Friday’s closing price on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday. “We are grateful, yes, this is all thanks to Mr. Nishikori,” wowow said.

wowow hit the jackpot!, bet there are more than a few folk tomorrow who will get up early and channel surf in vain hope of finding this on free to air T.V......

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I am watching this on CBS in US. To my understanding, you may be able to watch this on Wow Wow, Japan.

Nishikori looks great. Hope he goes all the way to the final.

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