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Former Lotte, Hanshin and MLB Pitcher Hideki Irabu Commits Suicide

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Here is the latest on the former Chiba Lotte Marines and Hanshin Tigers pitcher Hideki Irabu suicide: [Via Hardball Takl] Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday.  The initial reports came from the Japanese paper, Asahi Shimbum, and his death has since been confirmed by the New York Yankees. Suicide…

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Photo os the Japan Women's World Cup Soccer team. Photo courtesy of AP, Kyodo.

Japan wins Women’s World Cup match

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After a 2-2 draw, Japan beat the U.S. 3-1 during penalty kicks. Japan is still recovering from the March 11th devastating Earthquake and Tsunami, therefore the good news of a World Cup victory is a welcome change to the doom and gloom news lately.

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A Crackdown on the Yakuza?

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Via the Japan Subculture Research Center: After decades of unspoken agreements between police and yakuza that have allowed organized crime to operate with relative impunity in everything from gambling on sport and illegal casinos to human trafficking and prostitution, the national police are cracking down on Japan’s top yakuza gang, energized not only by the…

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Nike still trying to Do It to Miyashita Park

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Nike’s plan to develop Miyashita park in Shibuya and turn it into a recreational facility has apparently hit a snag. Nike is no stranger to controversy with allegations of abuse, underage workers, low wages and long working hours in its Asian factories.

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Sayonara Asashoryu

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One of my favorite sumo stars has called it quits, 29-year-old Asashoryu. Born Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj, the Mongolian sumo wrestler stormed onto the scene racking up 25 top-division tournament wins over his career. Asashoryu has often been criticized for not living up to the standards of a sumo grand champion in a sport associated closely with…

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Black Expat: Chuck Johnson – Kickin’ Butt in Japan

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Black Expat Magazine has a great feature on fellow Detroiter, Chuck Johnson, martial artist and rising movie star. It would be great to meet Chuck and converse in Korean. I bet that would be interesting!   Movie Having lived in Asia, I know first hand how stereotypes Westerners bring with them (including myself) often obtained through the…

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