Tag Archives: Japan

Japanese Girl Inks Pro Baseball Contract

18 Nov

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Spotted this story online this morning. We wish her great success!

TOKYO (AFP) – A 16-year-old schoolgirl with a mean knuckleball has been selected as the first woman ever to play alongside the men in Japanese professional baseball.

Eri Yoshida was drafted for a new independent league that will launch in April, drawing attention for a side-armed knuckler that her future manager Yoshihiro Nakata said was a marvel.

“I never dreamed of getting drafted,” Yoshida told reporters Monday, a day after she was selected to play for the Kobe 9 Cruise.

“I have only just been picked by the team and have not achieved anything,” she said. “I want to play as a pro eventually in a higher league.”

Yoshida, 155 centimetres (five feet) tall and weighing 52 kilograms (114 pounds), says she wants to follow in the footsteps of the great Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

A female professional baseball federation existed for a few years in the 1950s, but Yoshida will become Japan‘s first-ever woman to play alongside professional male players.

 

Yes, Japan has No Bananas!

17 Oct

News Flash: Japan is running out of bananas. Read the story seen below …

Keiko Akai is very annoyed. The attractive 21-year-old university student has been planning to do a banana diet for some time now, but she can’t get started – and not for lack of trying. “I keep going to OK Store, my local supermarket every single day,” she says. “In fact, I’ve just been there. There are no bananas on the shelves, and it’s been like that for a month.”

Akai has never weighed more than 100 pounds, and is so slim that her waist is swimming in Zara’s smallest size XS skirt. She doesn’t need to lose any weight. But Japanese girls obsessed with diets tend to jump at any trendy new ones, so, when Akai heard about a popular actress who’d lost 26 pounds through the Morning Banana Diet, she had to try it. And the dearth of bananas as her local supermarket, and many others, is testimony to the popularity of the new dieting fad.

“Large stores don’t have any bananas from noon, and even Ito Yokado (a major supermarket chain) runs out of them after 3 p.m.,” says Tomoyuki Horiuchi, sales representative of Tokyo Seika Boeki Co., Ltd., fruit and vegetables wholesale company. Hiromi Ohtaki of Dole Japan, a leading banana importer, sees the boom in sales as largely due to Morning Banana Diet – bananas don’t normally sell well during summer, and this year’s summer has been especially hot. Still, over the past 4 months, demand has driven Dole Japan to increase its banana imports by upward of 25%, and even then supplies could not keep pace with demand. “In a way this is an emergency,” explains Ohtaki. “We’ve been importing bananas from the Philippines for the past 40 years, but this is the first time something like this happened to us, and we find it very difficult to cope.”