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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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