Nippon Ham's Saito Sidelined

Yuki SaitoThe Nippon Ham Fighters’ Yuki Saito may need a month before returning to the rotation after the 22-year-old right-hander was diagnosed with a left abdominal strain on Monday.

An MRI revealed that the injury is expected to shelve Saito for two to three weeks, but according to chief trainer Yoshihiro Fukushima, the heralded rookie could be out longer.

Ev Cars Vending Machines Charge

Nissan LeafTen Japanese companies said Monday they plan to install electric vehicle chargers at the sites of beverage vending machines across Japan in a cost-cutting tie-up.

The consortium includes Forking Co., a major vending machine operator, and Panasonic Electric Works which will develop and produce electric vehicle chargers with rivals.