Tanaka Named To Mlb All-star Roster

Tanaka named to MLB All-Star roster

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has been added to the roster for the All-Star game.

Major League Baseball announced on Saturday that he will take the place of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman who is suffering from shoulder discomfort.

Star Panda Meets Media Before 2nd Birthday

Star panda meets media before 2nd birthday

A popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been shown to the media before she turns two on Wednesday.

Xiang Xiang was the first baby panda to be born at the zoo in five years. She now lives separately from her mother. On Monday, reporters watched her climbing a tree and eating bamboo shoots.

Baseball Star Ichiro Announces Retirement

Baseball star Ichiro announces retirement

Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki of the US Major Leagues' Seattle Mariners has announced his retirement.

The 45-year-old outfielder held a news conference after the second of the two-game Opening Series against the Oakland Athletics finished in Tokyo on Thursday.

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki Intends To Retire

Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki intends to retire

NHK has learned that Japanese Major Leaguer Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners has told team officials he intends to retire.

The 45-year-old veteran is scheduled to hold a news conference after his team's match against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Tokyo.

Swimming Star Ikee Says She Will Not Give Up

Swimming star Ikee says she will not give up

Eighteen-year-old Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee, who is battling leukemia, says she will not give up her efforts to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Ikee updated her social media posts on Wednesday to express her determination to compete in the Tokyo Games.

Kurihara Rui & Ayaka Wilson Star In Dean Fujioka's Pv For 'maybe Tomorrow'

Kurihara Rui & Ayaka Wilson star in DEAN FUJIOKA's PV for 'Maybe Tomorrow'

The PV for DEAN FUJIOKA's new song "Maybe Tomorrow" has been uploaded onto YouTube. 

"Maybe Tomorrow" can be found in DEAN's latest album "History In The Making", which was released on January 30. It was written as the theme song for TV Asahi's drama 'Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu.' The PV stars Kurihara Rui and Ayaka Wilson as a young couple in love. As if he's watching over the two, DEAN sings at a church and a steep cliff. The PV was directed by film director Ninomiya Ken who also directed the PV for "History Maker" revealed earlier this month. 

Oliver Jarvis In A Mazda Takes Pole In Star-studded Rolex 24 At Daytona

Oliver Jarvis in a Mazda takes pole in star-studded Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Oliver Jarvis broke a 26-year-old record at Daytona International Speedway in putting the Mazda DPi from Team Joest on the pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Jarvis went to the top of the scoring chart early in Thursday's qualifying session with a lap at 1 minute, 33.685 seconds. It broke the mark by two-tenths of a second set by P.J. Jones in 1993 in a GTP-class Toyota. The Englishman spoiled a strong run by Team Penske, which qualified second and third for the twice-round-the-clock endurance race that begins Saturday. Ricky Taylor earned the second spot in Penske's Acura ARX-05, while teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was third in his first time qualifying the sports car for the organization. Team Joest wound up first and fourth on the starting grid with Jonathan Bomarito putting its second car on the second row. Felipe Nasr had the fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R in fifth for Action Express Racing. Nasr is the reigning IMSA champion and led the way for four more Cadillacs in qualifying. Jordan Taylor was sixth for Wayne Taylor Racing, ahead of Juncos Racing's Agustin Canapino, then Tristan Vautier and Stephen Simpson for JDC-Miller Motorsports. James Allen in an Oreca 07 Gibson for DragonSpeed won the LMP2 pole. In the GT Le Mans class, Nick Tandy put a Porsche on the pole as four different manufacturers qualified in the first two rows. IMSA GTLM champion Jan Magnussen of Corvette Racing was second, Ryan Briscoe in a Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing was third and followed by Davide Rigon in Risi Competizione's Ferrari 488. Marcos Gomes gave Via Italia's Ferrari 488 the pole in the GT Daytona class.

Star Panda Cub In Tokyo Begins To Live Alone

Star panda cub in Tokyo begins to live alone

A popular giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has begun to live alone, as part of a process in preparation for adult life.

Zoo officials initiated the process last month by separating Xiang Xiang from her mother, and aim to have her independent when she turns 18 months old on Wednesday.

Two-way Star Ohtani Named Rookie Of The Year

Two-way star Ohtani named Rookie of the Year

Los Angeles Angels 2-way player Shohei Ohtani has been named Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year.

Ohtani was announced the winner on Tuesday after a vote by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He earned 4 wins as a pitcher and hit 22 homeruns in his first season in the United States.

Star Panda Cub In Tokyo Prepares To Live Alone

Star panda cub in Tokyo prepares to live alone

A zoo in Tokyo has begun a weeks-long process so a popular giant panda cub can leave its nest.

Xiang Xiang was born at the Ueno Zoo. She will be 18 months old next month and is entering a period to prepare for adult life.

Table Tennis Star Ai Fukuhara Feels 'lighter'

Table tennis star Ai Fukuhara feels 'lighter'

Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara says she feels "lighter" now that she has reached her well-thought-out decision to retire from competition.

The 29-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that she'd long mulled whether to call it quits.