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    JPN-KOR Championship to replace the Asia Series

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 June 26日 Friday

    An idea to replace the money losing Asia Series (since it lost its title sponsor Konami, the Series lost 2-oku yen (approx. $2m) last year, yeah small change for a Hanshin Tigers import suketto) has been floated.

    It will pit the Japan Series champions against the Korea Series champions in an one game showdown at a regional stadium in November (no dome? must be in southern Japan then).

    Japan used to host Korea in an all-star series (similar to the now defunct NPB-MLB all-star series) format back in the 90’s but it got cancelled due to lack of fan interest. But the champion clubs meeting each other in this manner will be a first.

    The problem with this newly and severely reduced format is the exclusion of Taiwan. The Uni-President 7Eleven Lions made it to the Asia Series final last year and only lost to the depleted Saitama Seibu Lions in a sayonara walkoff fashion. The Taiwanese clubs have been putting up solid efforts, so it’s a shame to lose them. Maybe once Taiwanese baseball is back in order from its current post-scandals shambles, they can host an NPB-KBO-CPBL championship, as their climate suits November ball the most.

    The one game showdown idea will be put forth in July for approval.

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    二人乗りで世界一周

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 June 26日 Friday

    二人乗り自転車(タンデムバイク)で足がけ3年かけて世界一周した夫婦のブログです(J-Wave版)。普通の旅行記とは一味も二味も違うので、なかなか読み応えあります。タンデムバイクなのに旦那さんが漕いでる負担の方が多くて奥さんが後ろの席から景色を眺めてるのは最初なんだかなぁと思ったけど、こういう関係で二人上手くやってるんですね。今日J-Wave のインタビュー聞いて知りました。

    tandem

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