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Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

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It is time to bring to light long-ignored Japanese readings of African American history, literature, and struggle and investigate why the story of Japanese interactions with African Americans has been muted rather than celebrated.

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42 – The Jackie Robinson Story – Japan Roadshow

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Via Jackie Penn: Some of you may remember my non-journalistic review of the movie 42 (Jackie Robinson Dodgers jersey number). The movie opened this weekend in JAPAN. I ask your support and request that you see the movie. Please ask your friends and family to do the same. A personal, and professional, friend of Darryl…

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Osaka Evessa’s Lynn Washington Gets the Bounce and Scores a Drug Bust Victory

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The Japan Times has reported that Osaka Evessa’s Lynn Washington has been released from custody and fully exonerated after being arrested and accused of drug smuggling. I’m glad that Washington beat the full court press, the California native has been a great American ambassador for the Basketball Japan League. As previously reported on Black Tokyo: “A very sad turn to…

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Osaka Baller Doesn’t Score with Drug Bust

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A very sad turn to what could have been a great story on a foreigner making good in Japan. The Japan Times reported, California native and “Osaka Evessa power forward Lynn Washington, the most famous player in bj-league history, was arrested at 10:20 a.m on Tuesday for alleged involvement in the importation of between 1…

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Japanese Win National Double Dutch Competition at the Apollo Theater

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Kawasaki’s Black Pierrot left Japan as participants in the National Double Dutch League’s 20th Annual Holiday Classic held at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater and returned home as champions. The New York Daily News reports: The Apollo Theater became a double dutch showplace Sunday for the National Double Dutch League’s 20th Annual Holiday Classic. Dozens of double…

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Will Ryo Ishikawa Win?

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19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa (a Saitama native) is one of my favorite golfers. This kid takes it to ’em on the golf course, just last year he became the first golfer to shoot a 58 on a major tour (PGA Statistics). Off the golf course, he gives as much as he makes as demonstrated by his…

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