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Posted in: Tigers take 3-2 Japan Series lead after beating Buffaloes 6-2 See in context

@Fighto--Col. Sanders statues should be safe as long as there are no players that resemble him. Maybe Neuse does a little. The mid-80s canal jump was about finding fans who resembled all the players, and when no rotund Oklahoma expats appeared on the bridge, a single Col. Sanders was requisitioned as a stand-in to complete the game. Ultimately, it took decades before the statue was pulled out and put on display with the support of KFC. Because a KFC Japan magazine I collected plays up this history, I doubt they would mind the marketing gift of a repeat statue toss.

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Posted in: Small group learning key to survival of Japan's least populous city See in context

@piskian--restarting means restaffing the school, not always simple. The former teachers/principal/secretary were sent elsewhere and may not be thrilled to get asked to return to a school that may close again in a year. I saw a TV documentary where a school on a small island reopened for 1-2 kids and the staff to student ratio was several to 1.

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Posted in: Olympics set to tackle flag football at Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 See in context

Continued--MLB had no problem with Ohtani and many other players doing the WBC six months ago, but I agree with your gist that in the absence of a lobbying push by MLB, baseball will not be played at LA 2028.

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Posted in: Olympics set to tackle flag football at Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 See in context

@Samit Basu--you are right that baseball and softball are out for the next Olympics, but got the year wrong: Paris 2024

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Posted in: Speaker McCarthy says there's still time to prevent a shutdown, but others are looking at options See in context

Whining about nameless lefties 20 times a day doth not good comedy make. It is the epitomy of boring discourse.

Stick to bigging up Kajagoogoo for laffs.

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Posted in: Buffaloes clinch 3rd straight PL pennant See in context

@obladi--that is a probable scenario, but there are two rounds of Climax Series before we can determine if the two Kansai teams will contest the Japan Series a month from now.

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Posted in: Tigers win 1st Central League title in 18 years as police mobilize for crowd control See in context

@wandora--good question. If all teams are close in talent and funding, then 3 pennants in 18 years would be normal. Hanshin has their second in that span. So another better funded team must have four or more pennants to make up for the Tigers underachieving.

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Posted in: Germany beats Serbia 83-77 to win Basketball World Cup See in context

@Fighto!--the US has won the last four Olympic golds in basketball. Their most hyped players this time around were young rising stars without NBA playoff experience like Anthony Edwards of the mediocre Timberwolves. Team Deutschs top scorer Dennis Schroeder is near the peak of his NBA career and is also an excellent ball handler and defender as displayed in the final last night. Good on the German champs.

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Posted in: Agent says Ohtani plans to continue as pitcher and hitter after his elbow heals See in context

@kaimychal--Yubaru did link to a Yomiuri article a while back about unnamed representatives. The mods removed it though.

Makes you wonder if that term is just a euphemism for Ippei without outing him. He is literally the guy representing Shohei daily to the English speaking side. He must have plenty of legal representation in Japan as that is where the majority of his income is earned, but it is not their job to announce his aches and pains to the team. It is like the old joke about how many people are needed to replace a light bulb.

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Posted in: Agent says Ohtani plans to continue as pitcher and hitter after his elbow heals See in context

Yeah, this article has not aged well. Ohtani was benched after something went wrong during batting practice today.

The buck should stop with Ohtani and not Nez Balelo, Ippei, or whomever. The players are the ones who make the call to visit a doctor for what ails them, unless they are rendered unconscious. The coaches are working under the assumption that the players under their charge are healthy and not hiding any issues.

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Posted in: Baseball player Yamakawa suspended indefinitely over alleged rape case See in context

Once again, we are missing the detail from the tabloid Friday that Yamakawa was abusing his sempai status by expecting younger players to find him women to send from their hotel room to his room. Likely that this victim did not appreciate the switcheroo scheme setting her up with a married player. But if everyone in on these hotel shenanigans was harshly punished, NPB might have to take over and rebrand the team.

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Posted in: A 2nd Tommy John surgery could be tougher for Shohei Ohtani to return from See in context

An MRI only seems brilliant in hindsight. Ho hum.

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Posted in: Japanese baseball star Yamakawa not to face charges over alleged rape See in context

The scandal-oriented news sites explained how the younger players served as date recruiters for their senior teammate. From management standpoint, Yamakawa had to get a long suspension to try to shield the rest of the team. Opening a full scale inquiry into who knows how many young players who had some connection to the scheme could be quite ugly.

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Posted in: 2 men report to police over DJ Soda groping case See in context

@Fighto!--this was an outdoor show at a beach or park across the water from KIX. Probably CCTV footage not in play there. The organizers may have given police the same crowd-shot smartphone footage that NHK is using. Those clips are too brief to draw a strong conclusion, but the existence of video did convince the men to go in to the police for interviewing. It will really get interesting if the woman in this case decides to face the music. Organizers and police likely have a list of female ticket holders to help narrow it down, but a heavy handed police investigation of EDM fans could get ugly for the concert promoters.

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Posted in: 2 men report to police over DJ Soda groping case See in context

NHK evening news ran a piece of footage, but it went so quickly that the groping was tricky to pinpoint. My main takeaway was it did not show any security staff around the performer like you would expect at a big concert with thousands in the audience, as I assume this was. Were they on site but napping on the job or occupied elsewhere? Did the young execs shown above skimp on providing adequate security this year? They have been bringing top international DJs to Sennan for this festival for years, so should know how to do security by now.

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Posted in: Japan's smoking rates continue to decline for men, women in 2022 See in context

@Samit--that is a pretty goofy poster. Looks like Pac-Man had too much to drink or too much sun at the beach, and is dealing with it by having a ciggy. But how was it lit by this mascot without any hands?

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Posted in: Japan's smoking rates continue to decline for men, women in 2022 See in context

Similar to the stake in NTT and Japan Post. Down from 50 percent at the time of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Tokyo Metro is over 50 percent govt owned.

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Posted in: Japan's smoking rates continue to decline for men, women in 2022 See in context

@piskian--the government holds a 33.4 percent stake in JT, accounting for 2 trillion yen, or 6 percent, out of the governments 32.8 trillion in share holdings. Source is an article in the business section of Aug. 4 Japan Times.

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Posted in: 4 injured after explosion in bar in Tokyo's Shimbashi district See in context

@Sven Asai--Occams Razor says the simplest theory is preferred.

Many bars would have a kitchen that could use gas. Could be as basic as boiling up some complimentary edamame.

A global media conspiracy to misreport bar mishaps that were really IED booby traps by who knows? Not plausibly simple.

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Posted in: 4 injured after explosion in bar in Tokyo's Shimbashi district See in context

No, the owner was not cooking at the time. Not open yet. If the kitchen were in use, I hope an exhaust fan would have vented the place better.

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Posted in: 4 injured after explosion in bar in Tokyo's Shimbashi district See in context

Seemed a posh or faux-posh racehorse owners themed bar from TV news. Wonder if any legit horse owners drank there? Or gamblers after a hard day of work?

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Posted in: Ohtani becomes 2-way All-Star for 3rd straight year; 8 Braves selected for July 11 game See in context

MLB scouts do go sign up teen players in the Dominican Repulic, and Puerto Rico being US territory should make recruiting there easy enough, but the whole embargo on business with Cuba makes that a much harder proposition. Just FYI before you get on a plane with a briefcase full of contracts.

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Posted in: Number of food items in Japan seeing price hikes so far in 2023 tops 29,000 See in context

So what kind of bigshot job do you have that lets you save your money in your very own bank account? Do they let you carry a little bank book with bank mascot pictures on it?

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Posted in: Breaking news See in context

Come on, minor sports fans. The actual nomenclature is baton twirling vs. ribbon, um, waving? Flinging? Artistic dancing?

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Posted in: Number of food items in Japan seeing price hikes so far in 2023 tops 29,000 See in context

@MBF--that is an idea. Have you seen any tickets around the price of a keg of beer or case of Teachers? Maybe a barter deal to trade in the booze a few of us have clearly stockpiled in the pandemic...

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Posted in: Pokemon Go firm Niantic slashes staff See in context

Make the next one something topical like Pokemon GhOsn. Track down and subdue corporate bosses. There is a boardroom stage, an auto trade show zone, two airport stages--arrivals and departures, and the overseas Interpol challenge.

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Posted in: Have you ever climbed Mount Fuji? What was the experience like? See in context

No bro!

Fantastic experience to avoid trudging in line up a volcano, with wind whipped sand stinging your body! Seeing it from the five lakes area in summer and the nearest ski resort in winter is good enough for me.

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Posted in: Pilot, 4 passengers of Titan submersible are dead, U.S. Coast Guard says See in context

@Sven--nobody was knocking. The sound was debris falling off/around the Titanic, a normal thing that was hyped as special by social media users.

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Posted in: Pilot, 4 passengers of Titan submersible are dead, U.S. Coast Guard says See in context

@Harry Gatto, dunno what he meant either, but a link could be some folks with massive wealth make less cautious decisions? Case in point was the great grandparents of the communications director of Oceangate AKA the CEOs wife. The ancestor was a Macys executive. They always took German ships for their trips to the old country, but bought into the hype of the luxurious but untested Titanic and lost their gamble.

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Posted in: Pilot, 4 passengers of Titan submersible are dead, U.S. Coast Guard says See in context

@ol JB -- the banging noises were reported as debris falling, a normal phenomenon.

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