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Japan issues entry visas to N. Korean soccer teams: sources

TOKYO — The Japanese government granted visas on Monday to the North Korean men’s and women’s teams set to play in the East Asian Football Federation’s upcoming E-1 Football Championship, government sources said.   North Korean nationals are banned from entering Japan in principle as part of Tokyo’s unilateral sanctions against the North, which has continued to develop and test….Read more

  • December 4, 2017
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Teams salivate at prospect of drafting three high school stars

Sunday’s “NHK Special” reported on the Japanese professional baseball draft scheduled for Oct. 26, saying that it is attracting a lot of attention as the fates of three highly talented players will be decided there. The three players are Kotaro Kiyomiya from Waseda Jitsugyo, who holds the unofficial record of 111 home runs during his high school career; Shosei Nakamura from Koryo High School,….Read more

  • October 15, 2017
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Factors behind high school players’ homerun output

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” delved into the factors behind high school baseball players’ increasing slugging power, concluding that in addition to their exceptional talent, they are bigger and stronger than players in the past.

  • August 28, 2017
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Secrets behind Nippon Ham Fighters’ victory

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” on Tuesday reported on the Nippon Ham Fighters’ victory in the Japan Series baseball championship for the first time since 2006. The program said the Fighters’ manager Kuriyama is known for his flexible strategy and there is a strong relationship of trust between Kuriyama and the team’s players. During an interview with the program, Shohei Otani, Japan’s fastest….Read more

  • August 10, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Nippon Sport Science U. raises alarm with repeated visits to N. Korea

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga sharply criticized a visit to North Korea in September by the Upper House member Antonio Inoki: “I must say it was extremely inappropriate.” However, what the government is truly concerned about are visits to North Korea by Nippon Sport Science University (Nittaidai).   In 2012, Nittaidai commemorated its 120th anniversary by sending a group of….Read more

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp on its way to victory

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” on Thursday reported on Japanese professional baseball team Hiroshima Toyo Carp, which is on the verge of winning its first Central League pennant in 25 years. The program reported on how the team, which began as a citizens’ team with no corporate sponsorship, transformed itself into a strong contender. The team’s transformation can apparently be attributed….Read more

  • September 8, 2016
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Miyagi students attend baseball clinic in Tokyo  

Thursday’s Mainichi reported on a baseball clinic for junior high school students that was held in Tokyo in late July, noting that some 40 students from Miyagi Prefecture took part in the four-day program and former major league player Hisanori Takahashi was one of the instructors. Noting that many school fields in the devastated communities of Tohoku are still occupied….Read more

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Coaching method for Japan’s U-23 soccer team

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” on Tuesday reported on Makoto Teguramori, the head coach of Japan’s Under-23 national soccer team. The program said the young members of the team are “less aggressive” than soccer players in their 30s and have been unable to achieve positive results. The program focused on Teguramori’s coaching method, which led to the team’s qualification for the….Read more

  • July 5, 2016
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Shinji Okazaki and miraculous victory of Leicester

The program reported on the victory of England’s Leicester City in its first Premier League title, looking into how such a “weak” team with no star players and no money was able to achieve a miraculous victory this year. The program aired its interview with Japanese soccer player Shinji Okazaki, who belongs to the team, during which he talked about….Read more

  • May 9, 2016
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Baseball gambling

The program reported on the issue of baseball gambling among former Yomiuri Giants players, airing an exclusive interview with one of them, who was permanently banned from professional baseball. Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Tatsuya Matsumoto expressed an apology and explained that he got involved in baseball gambling as another pastime, like cards and mah-jongg, played with teammates to relieve stress.….Read more

  • April 8, 2016
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