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Keeping Pace in Japan: From Shima to Shima, Part I

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I enjoyed Turner’s posts reflecting on his two-year of Life in Japan. I am sure that you will too!  When I first set out to write this all-inclusive thriller of yet another expat’s experience in the land of the rising sun, I put forth far too much effort in an attempt to make the article…

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More Black Face in Japan

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No matter how many times I see pictures like the one above hit the Japanese media, it seems like “some” people here still don’t get it! Previously there was uproar over the Tokyo Metropolitan Government discriminatory depictions of blacks in their Earthquake Pamphlet, corporations using racist language and imagery in advertising and of course a few music…

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Negro Leaguers in Japan

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  I wanted to outline a couple of connections between the Negro Leagues and Japanese baseball that aren’t (I think) all that well-known. First: for decades, the standard story about the rise of professional baseball in Japan has credited a 1934 tour of Japan by major league all stars, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig,…

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Sumo in Japan: Does smoking a joint beat murder?

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Former makuuchi division Russian wrestler, 20-year-old Toshinori Wakanoho (whose real name is Soslan Gagloev), under arrest for possessing marijuana, has told police that he first turned to drugs in his early teens, and that after he entered the sumo world he smoked dope every time he went home to Russia. According to a statement Wakanoho…

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USA Men's and Women's Basketball Team Wins Gold

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The Olympic Games started on 08/08/08 and the U.S.A.’s eight-year quest for gold in international basketball has the U.S. men’s basketball team (a.k.a. the Redeem Team) beating Spain to win the 2008 Olympic gold medal. Spain fought hard but had to settle for silver and Argentina takes home the bronze medal. In women’s 2008 Olympic…

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USA Upsets France in 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay

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I rarely get excited about swimming but I love competition! Well, Team USA’s 4×100 Freestyle captain, 32-year-old Jason Lezak (he’s oldest man on the U.S. swimming team), showed great competitive spirit and pulled off one of the great comebacks in Olympic history. He saved the day in the men’s 4-x-100 freestyle relay as the U.S. team beat…

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