Japanese Take Trampoline World Cup Final

Trampoline: Kawanishi, Nakata pair win Trampoline World Cup Final
The Japanese pair of Takayuki Kawanishi and Daisuke Nakata collected 49.90 points and pulled off a stunning victory in the men’s synchro Thursday at the Trampoline World Cup Final in Algiers….

ALIENS! Gaijin To Buy Japanese Team

Podein looks to buy Japanese team
TOKYO (AP) – Former NHL player Shjon Podein has expressed an interest in purchasing the Nikko Ice Bucks, team officials said Wednesday. Podein, an American who is currently playing hockey in Swed…….

Seattle Mariners hire full-time Japan scout

The Seattle Mariners hire full-time Japan scout
SEATTLE (Kyodo) Former Kintetsu Buffaloes scout Yasushi Yamamoto has been named the Seattle Mariners’ first full-time Japan scout, Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi announced Wednesday…

Ai-chan defeated by China’s Junior Girls

Ai FUKUHARASheer Class
China won the Junior Girls Team title at the 2nd ITTF World Junior Table Tennis Championships in Kobe, Japan on Monday 1 December 2004 …
In the final they beat the host nation, Japan, by three matches to nil…. Japan has a splendid team, Ai FUKUHARA, Nozomi HASAMA and Yuka ISHIGAKI are players of high calibre but in the Kobe World Memorial Hall they were given a lesson, a severe lesson…..

Japan To Host Kuwait Or NK In Qualifier

Japan to host Kuwait or NK in qualifier
Japan will kick off their final-round qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals with a match at home to Kuwait or North Korea on Feb 9 next year

Softbank wastes money on a Japanese baseball team

MercuryNews.com | 11/30/2004 | Softbank acquires Japanese baseball team
okyo-based Softbank’s acquisition of the Daiei Hawks follows Japanese online shopping mall Rakuten Inc.’s decision earlier this month to form a new Pacific League ballclub next season — the first in 50 years….

Yomiuri Giants consider day games

Daily Yomiuri On-Line
….The Yomiuri Giants are considering hosting day games on Sundays at Tokyo Dome next season for the first time in 14 years, an official of the Central League club said Monday.
Giants representative Hidetoshi Kiyotake said the plan is aimed at bringing back the younger fans to the stadium.
“This is just one idea in getting the kids back to the ballpark,” Kiyotake said. “Even on Sundays, the children usually have to leave by nine or so.”….

Japanese Netcasts Create Ballball Games for One

Netcasts throw ball clubs a curveball
….Rakuten Golden Eagles plan to offer live Internet coverage of games at its Miyagi Stadium in Sendai. It will provide users with multi-angle footage they can choose from, while also making available stats on players involved. Netcasts covering games until they finish also offer an alternative to TV coverage, which frequently ends while play is still in progress… In Japan, there are lots of ideas that have to be tried out, like letting visitors choose to watch only the player they want to see instead of the entire game …

Screaming squeaker leads Japan’s charge at world junior meet

Ai Fukuhara
Table Tennis: ‘Ai-chan’ leads Japan’s charge at world junior meet
Ai Fukuhara, who finished in the last 16 at the Athens Olympics, helped Japan advance past the preliminary round of the women’s team competition Sunday on the opening day of the table tennis world junior championships.