Baystars Signee Leach To Japan

Brent LeachThe Yokohama BayStars said Wednesday former Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Brent Leach, who has been on the restricted list since April 1, will return to Japan on Friday.

Doi Advances To 3rd Round

Doi advances to 3rd roundJapanese qualifier Misaki Doi advanced to the third round of the women's singles with a stunning straight-sets win over China's Zheng Jie at Wimbledon on Thursday.
The 20-year-old lefthander eased to a 6-3, 6-1 victory in 72 minutes to become the first Japanese woman to reach the third round since Ai Sugiyama in 2009.

Yamashita Grabs Lead At Jgtc

Kazuhiro Yamashita Kazuhiro Yamashita shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Japan Golf Tour Championship. The 37-year-old, yet to win on the tour, moved to 4-under 209 in the second major of the year at Shishido Hills Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Nishikori Beats Blake Again

Kei Nishikori Kei Nishikori rolled past James Blake 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Delray Beach International quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Nishikori, who beat Blake in the 2008 final for his first and only ATP title to date, made quick work of the American wild card, dismissing him in 63 minutes.

Honda Footballer Of The Year

Keisuke Honda Man of the matchCSKA Moscow and Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda on Monday was named the 2010 Footballer of the Year in a poll of Japanese soccer writers.

Honda won the accolade for the first time after collecting 75 of the 202 votes cast nationwide.

Honda Nominated For Asian Mvp

Keisuke HondaJapan midfielder Keisuke Honda has been shortlisted for the Asian Cup’s most valuable player award, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.

Honda, who has started in four of five games for finalists Japan, was among four nominees including South Korea’s Park Ji Sung, Mark Schwarzer of Australia and Server Djeparov of Uzbekistan.

Nakamura To Captain F Marinos

Shunsuke Nakamura Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday named former Japan international midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura as the team’s captain for the upcoming season.

‘‘With everyone’s cooperation I will make a big effort so that when it comes to the end of the season people hopefully will think I was the right person for the captain’s job,’’ Nakamura said in a club statement.

Marquinhos Signs For Sendai

MarquinhosBrazilian striker Marquinhos will be back in Japan tormenting defenses again this season after Vegalta Sendai on Friday announced the acquisition of the 34-year-old journeyman.

Sendai will be Marquinhos’ sixth J1 club. He joined Tokyo Verdy in 2001 and had stints with Yokohama F Marinos, JEF United Ichihara and Shimizu S-Pulse before spearheading Kashima Antlers to three successive championship titles from 2007 to 2009.

Mai Satoda Best Ways To Eat Rice

Mai Satoda best ways to eat rice“Talent” Mai Satoda, 27, is now an author. She has just released a book, “How to Eat the Best Rice in the World,” which features recipes of rice dishes that she cooked in Sado, Niigata Prefecture.

Kato Rosa Becomes A Mother

Kato Rosa becomes a mother26-year-old actress Kato Rosa announced through her management agency’s website that she gave birth to her first child on December 13 in France. The baby boy was born at around 6:30am local time.

King Kazu In Tv Commercial

Kazuyoshi Miura tv commercialKazuyoshi Miura, a popular soccer player dubbed ‘‘King Kazu,’’ is featured in a just-released TV commercial for Coca-Cola (Japan) Co’s Georgia European canned coffee series.

Death Note Anime

Death Note AnimeDeath Note is a anime series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata.

The main character is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the "Death Note", dropped on Earth by a death god named Ryuk.