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    Kazumasa Sasaki and the Japan U20 Team

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 30日 Sunday

    The JIHF announced their U20 team for the upcoming U20 Div II Group A tournament in Romania in mid-December against Korea, Serbia, Belgium, Lithuania, and hosts Romania.

    All but one of the players on the Japanese U20 team are first year university players. The lone exception is Kazumasa Sasaki who is an Asia League Oji Eagles player on a (probably) one year assignment in Swedish Division I with Östersund Hockey, and he is proving himself to be a useful player scoring 6+4=10 from the blueline in 16 games at the tender age of 18.

    Sasaki has yet to play a game for the strong Eagles side, but I expect him to be back with his Japanese team next season as this season in Sweden is probably all expenses paid training by Oji (similar situation to many Japanese players in the past, including Masahito Nishiwaki with the ECHL Dayton Bombers last season. Japanese players truly testing and developing their talents overseas at the pro level can sadly be counted on one hand… Yutaka Fukufuji and Kazuma Takahashi, both in the ECHL, and maybe CHL overager Takuma Kawai.) Only playing one season overseas almost seems like a waste of resources as the player just gets acclimatized to their new environment when they get called back to Japan, shame. But financial security of playing in Japan is just too comforting and secure to get more players to truly challenge themselves and develop overseas long term..

    kazumasa

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    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, International, JIHF, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    スターウォーズ対スタートレック

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 28日 Friday

    そう来たかw

    なかなか上手くできています。

    Posted in 01_日本語, random | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    ミニPC助言求む m(_ _)m

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 27日 Thursday

    巷で話題のミニPC、仕事兼旅行の時のサブマシンとしては使えるんじゃないかなと思ってます(今のうちに買えば経費にもなるし)。 

    でも、メーカーによっていろいろ仕様が違う。持ってる方いますか?良いとこ、悪いとこ、お勧め教えていただけませんか? 

    窮屈なデスクトップは嫌なので、やっぱり解像度は1280×800は欲しいと思うんだけど、マシンが物理的に十分に小さくないとサブマシンとしての意味は無い。 

    あと、DELLのminiPCでイーモバイルに加入すれば100円(!)とかいう凄いプロモーションもあるけど、こっちはスペック落ちだし、去年俺クレーマーだったから審査通らないかもw 

    候補メーカーとしては、Acer(まだ未確認)、エプソンダイレクト、DELL(後者2つは配送に時間掛かりすぎるかも)。あとは国産メーカーとかサムソン(?)とかかな?どうなんだろ… 

    小さすぎるとキーピッチが狭すぎて打ちにくいという難点もあるだろうし… 

    良い批評・レビューサイトを紹介してもらっても大歓迎です(^^  

    ご存知の方、もし時間があれば軽く助言を頂ければとても助かります m(_ _)m

    Posted in 01_日本語, culture, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    ブルースリーの卓球

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 26日 Wednesday

    しかもヌンチャクでっ!

    粋なプローモーションをやってくれる香港のNOKIA。

    Posted in 01_日本語, culture, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Claude Lemieux to Worcester Sharks?

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 20日 Thursday

    Well, the China Sharks are in Tokyo playing the Seibu Prince Rabbits, but Claude Lemieux is not on the roster. This could be because of visa problems, but it’s more likely that he’s managed to secure an AHL contract with the Worcester Sharks (a couple of unconfirmed sources, including an AL player). Who knew that playing for the China Sharks could be the first step in working your way up through the Sharks organization!?

    Finally, a notification on the official AL website. 

    2008.11.20
    シャークスから、クロード・ルミューの登録抹消、アダム・テイラーの再登録手続きが行われました。
    The China Sharks have deactivated Claude Lemieux and reactivated Adam Taylor.
    Plus, some interesting(?) marketing effort by the China Sharks as they’ve relocated to fashionable Shanghai from drab Beijing. Yup, that’s Wade Flaherty in the first picture, and Chinese players (and of course the model) in the other pictures.

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, NHL, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Ginza Chanel Sign on Fire

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 20日 Thursday

    The Ginza Chanel store’s sign caught fire shortly after noon, literally (video). The letter ‘L’ even fell off in a Simpsonsesque moment. Probable cause was the sign being lit up 24 hours a day, apparently.

    chanel1

    Posted in 02_English, culture, information, random, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Claude Lemieux out of China?

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 19日 Wednesday

    Claude Lemieux‘s brief Asia League adventure with the China Sharks has apparently ended after only 2 games where he recorded 1 assist. Maybe someone saw that being good enough for an AHL contract, but he’s managed to get himself signed onto an AHL team. I wonder which AHL team? San Jose wouldn’t have sent him all the way to China only for a weekend, I guess Lemieux’s agent kept talking with potential suitors while Lemieux made his way over to Shanghai. Ah well, at least he’s not leaving the Asia League because of living condition issues like goalie Kelly Guard who also played for the China Sharks for only 2 games, last season.

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Claude Lemieux in China

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 17日 Monday

    Claude Lemieux, who had been working out in Arizona to prepare for an NHL comeback attempt, was somehow convinced to play hockey in Asia with the China Sharks. The move happened quickly and he has already suited up for the Chinese team against Anyang Halla in the Asia League games this past weekend and recorded his first point with an assist in the Sunday game

    I’m definitely going to go see their games against Seibu next weekend in Tokyo! Wade Flaherty is keeping the Sharks in many many games that they have no business being in either, but they’re falling just short of earning points. A legendary agitator making a comeback from retirement, this reminds me of Esa Tikkanen’s years with Anyang Halla.

    Shanghai’s far away from the NHL and this comment he made just recently:
    “I’m not doing this just to play one game in the NHL and that’s it. I really think I can still help a team make the playoffs, and into the playoffs,” he told the Post. “It would sure be nice to get that fifth Stanley Cup.

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

    Asia Series in financial trouble

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 17日 Monday

    There’s a brief article in Sankei Sports explaining how the poorly attended Asia Series (all group games drew less than 10,000 and the final less than 20,000, had a popular NPB team made it to the Series, attendance figures would’ve been quite different) is in financial trouble, its future may be in jeopardy, and of course the current financial climate does not help. Here goes the rough translation:

    Asia Series Lack of Sponsor Means Trouble

    17 November 2008 Sankei Sports (via Yahoo news)

    The NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato commented on November 16th that he wanted the Asia Series to “continue no matter what” beyond next season, indicating the NPB’s stance on the Series’ future.

    The title sponsor the for the first 3 incarnations of the Series, Konami, withdrew their sponsorship which was a 3 year 3-oku yen (approximately $3 million) deal. There was no terrestrial television coverage of the Series either. Therefore, the 1-oku yen prize and operational costs (Ed: including airfare and accommodation for the foreign teams) were all paid for by the NPB. There are dissenting voices among the 12 NPB teams, endangering the future of the Series.

    Commissioner Kato further commented that “the Asia Series is a necessary step for Japanese teams to aim for the world in the future. I want Japan to take leadership on this issue and continue with the Series”. The future of the Series will be under discussion within the executive committee, where issues such as finding new sponsors and decreasing the prize money will be raised.

    Original article (Japanese) preserved after the break:

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    Posted in 02_English, 03_Translations (英訳ポートフォリオ), baseball, information, NPB, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    Submarine knuckleballer… and it’s a she!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 17日 Monday

    This story is full of goodies for the obscure baseball lover.

    The newly formed Kansai Independent League, which will begin play in 2009, has just held its draft. This is the 3rd independent league in Japan to start operation this decade, after the pioneering Shikoku-Kyushu Island League and the Baseball Challenge League (Hoku-Shinetsu region).

    yoshida_press 

    yoshida_test

    The Kansai league features the first female owner of a pro ball club in Japan as the Kobe 9Cruise (yes, that’s the team name) is owned by Kazuyo Hirota who runs a local mineral water company. The league held an open combined tryout on 4 November, and the draft on 16 November where Kobe selected Eri Yoshida, a 16 year old high school girl who is a submarine knuckleball pitcher (got all that?), with one of its picks after they saw what they liked in the tryout. Yoshida passed the first and second tests of the tryout, then pitched an inning where she struck out the first batter on a knuckler, walked the second batter, then got the next two batters to ground out to second and pop out to short.

    She received a compliment from a former Yomiuri player and new Osaka pitching coach that her knuckler and fastball both have the same delivery. Her fastball is in the high 60s, so I assume she relies almost entirely on the knuckler. It’s reported that she’s considering transferring to a Kobe high school, and indie games tend to be played on weekends, so I guess this could somehow all work out, it’ll an interesting story to follow as Yoshida becomes the first professional female baseball player in Japan (in a men’s league, there was a women’s league for 2 brief years following the war).

    Posted in 02_English, baseball, high school, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »