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Team Europe vs Japan

Japanese baseball fans have every reason to be happy.

Players and coaching staff for the newly formed and branded “Europe” continental team arrived in Japan’s capital city on Wednesday and underwent their first-ever training Thursday.

Manager Steve Janssen (Netherlands National Team manager) and Marco Mazzieri (Italy National Team manager) led the European selection through the team’s first workout session, ahead of their two-game series against the top-ranked Japanese National Team, scheduled for 10-11 March at the iconic Tokyo Dome.

Japan vs Europe

Japan vs Europe

“It’s a huge honor to be here and great opportunity to showcase European Baseball,” Janssen told a crowd of reporters attending Europe’s initial workout at JR East Ballpark.

The Japan vs Europe Series will be broadcasted not only in Japan but even in Europe, via the Eurosport 2 channel.

When asked what the target is for Europe in its games versus Japan, Janssen said, “We are not here for sightseeing — we’re here to win.”

Janssen spoke highly about the nation that Europe will be making its historic debut against: “The Japanese National Team is the number one [ranked] country in the world…they can do it all. They are the complete package.”

Last November, Japanese National Team manager Hiroki Kokubo guided the Samurai to victory over a selection of Major League Baseball stars in a best-of-five series. Kokubo will have 19 players from that November roster, which was filled with the biggest stars in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), available for national team service against Europe.

On March 11, Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

With baseball widely considered to be the number one modern sport in the country, it is expected that Japan’s greatness in the sport will remain for a couple or three more decades.

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The National Basketball League

It is not unknown to many that Japan enjoys two big basketball leagues in their country with lots of teams. This is supposed to be a good thing for the Asian country, unfortunately, the basketball support in the country is actually not that big.

In 2012, Japan announced their intention of establishing the National Basketball League as the top-flight professional league in the country. The governing body of international games, the Japan Basketball Association made this announcement.

The National Basketball League exists alongside BJ League, arguably the more popular tournament of the two. There is no system of promotion and relegation between bj-league and the NBL.

The National Basketball League

The National Basketball League

In the Autumn of 2013, the first National Basketball League started. In the final round, Toshiba defeated Wakayama to take the inaugural title in May 2014.

For the 2014-2015 season, the league saw an expansion team enter the tournament. The Hiroshima Dragonflies entered the league under the Western Conference.

On the other hand, the Tsukuba Robots transferred from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.

Evident in the statements above is that the National Basketball League took the format of the National Basketball Association in America, in which two conferences are the main divisions of the league. With this, a team from the Western Conference is expected to battle it out against a team in the Eastern Conference for the championship.

Also, just like the NBA, the National Basketball League has a developmental league in the National Basketball Development League, the former JBL 2 Division.

Teams

Eastern Conference

 

Levanga Hokkaido (Hokkaido Prefecture)

Link Tochigi Brex (Tochigi Prefecture)

Chiba Jets (Chiba Prefecture)

Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo (Tokyo, and Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture)

Toyota Alvark Tokyo (Tokyo)

Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Tsukuba Robots (Ibaraki Prefecture)

Western Conference

Aisin Seahorses Mikawa (Aichi Prefecture)

Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture)

Wakayama Trians (Wakayama Prefecture) *Announced withdrawal from league on 7 January 2015[3]

Hiroshima Dragonflies (Hiroshima Prefecture)

Hyogo Storks (Hyogo Prefecture)

Kumamoto Volters (Kumamoto Prefecture)

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Japan Boxing

When it comes to any sort of fighting, Japan is normally renowned for its variety and highly prolific martial arts. Whether it’s the style of the Samurai, the deadly arts of the Ninja or traditional fighting styles such as Judo or Aikido – Japan is commonly associated with all of them. Boxing, however, is a fighting sport normally attributed to a more western culture, specifically the American one given their extensive advertising of fights and the country’s tendency to produce some of the very best boxers whose name are recognized globally – Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson for example.

Thus it comes as a surprise to many when they’re told that boxing does have quite a history in Japan and is a fairly commonly practiced form of sport. The history of the art is relatively short in Japan when compared to America, but it exists nonetheless. It started in 1854 when US sailors would often compete in sparring matches, which is how boxing was first introduced to Japan. 1896 saw the very first boxing gym opened in Japan and the country saw its first boxers being born.

Professional boxing in Japan is regulated by the JBC, the Japanese Boxing Commission.Under their rules, every professional fighter must contract a manager for them, and must further “belong” to a boxing gym which holds exclusive management rights for a boxer. If two boxers belong to the same gym, they’re not permitted to fight each other in an officially sanctioned match unless one of the fighters changes gyms. This however becomes a lot more difficult than it is in other countries due to contractual agreements not only with a gym but also with the manager and so on.

Most recently, Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka is considered to be the most successful produced boxer produced by Japan. His success gave him the chance to fight against former World’s number three ranked boxer, Nonito Donaire but lost.

Japanese Boxers

Japanese Boxers

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Basketball in Japan

Before the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships in Manila started, Japan was at a high, hoping to bag at least a third place finish to be able to qualify in the FIBA Worlds in Spain. Just like in 2006, the Japanese especially the Japan Basketball Association was very optimistic that their time has finally come once again.

In 2006, Japan was the host of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Being the hosts, they were able to automatically qualify for it. In that competition, Japan had some memorable run as they went up and won against Panama, before having the chance to upset a strong New Zealand team.

Unfortunately, in 2010, they did not qualify for the FIBA World Championship. But they believed that they had the chance to enter the 2014 version.

Japan needed a top three finish at the FIBA Asia competition in the Philippines. Amidst threats from powerhouse teams such as Iran, China, South Korea and the host nation, Japan was very positive about their chances.

Japanese Team Captain

Japanese Team Captain

The players and coaching staff are in a good mood after beating an under-strength Philippines team to complete a three-game sweep of their friendly series. But the Philippines were literally under strength in that win as 6 of their players were not able to suit up since they were still playing in their local league. Instead, two cadets players suited up for them just to fill up the roster.

“We entered our training camp in May and we were able to play the kind of defense we wanted for the first time today,” he said.

The coach of Japan, Kimikazu Suzuki, says everything depends on the team’s ability to play lock-down defense.

Unfortunately, Japan was not able to eventually win a third place finish in the 2014 Asia Cup. Instead, they only two games.

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Japanese Baseball League

The Japanese Baseball League is the corner stone of the popularity of baseball in Japan. Established in 1936, it had a great 13 year run until 1949. A year after, it was reorganized as the Nippon Professional Baseball, which still exists and continues to be a success.

The most popular team in the league is the Tokyo Kyojin, playing for the country’s capital city. They are also considered as the most dominant team in the league, winning a total of nine championships. From 1938 to 1943, they were able to win six of the nine championships successively.

Japanese Baseball

Japanese Baseball

Unlike American pro teams, Japanese Baseball League teams were usually named after their corporate owners/sponsors rather than the cities or regions in which they played. This was because Japanese franchising does not have strong territorial requirements as in the Major Leagues; as a result, the JBL teams clustered in metropolitan areas in Japan’s center (Tokyo, Nagoya) and south (Osaka). As a result, teams were notorious for how often they changed their names, often because of changes in ownership/sponsorship (and also because of nationalistic regulations imposed during wartime, such as the outlawing of English team names).

The league played a 119-game schedule in 1947. That year, baseball personality Soutaro Suzuki proposed that JBL teams should have pet names like the Yomiuri Giants’, whose pet name was “Kyojin”, and names such as the Osaka Tigers’ alias “Mouko” (fierce tiger), the revived Tokyo Senators’ “Seito” (bluestockings) and the Pacific’s “Taihei” (tranquility) began to be used by the press. However, some teams rejected the use of these pet names, so they were never fully adopted. But even in the Nippon Professional Baseball league, the use of pet names is still greatly accepted.

Although the Japanese Baseball League is not anymore existent, it will forever remain in the history of Japan

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Japan National Basketball Team

The Japanese National Basketball Team represents Japan in international basketball competitions. With two basketball leagues in the country, the Japan Basketball Association won the rights to govern the Japanese basketball team.

Japan has been a member of FIBA since 1936, one of the founding members of FIBA Asia. Given this, Japan has one of Asia’s longest basketball traditions. Looking at it generally, it can be said that the national basketball team of Japan is one of the most successful in Asia. Unfortunately, in the recent years, Japan has failed to keep up with other Asian countries such as Iran, China, Korea, and even the Philippines.

Team Colors

Team Colors

But generally, Japan has won the Asian Basketball championships twice, and is the second leading nation in the qualifications event. More impressive is that Japan has actually qualified for the Olympic Games six times, and for the FIBA World cup for four times.

In the last decades, Japan brought forth several of Asia’s elite basketball players who competed in the NBA and in Europe. These players include Yuta Tabuse, J.R. Sakuragi, Takuya Kawamura, Takumi Ishizaki and others.

Japan’s national team had its first international tournament at the 3rd Far Eastern Games held in Tokyo in 1917. Japan representative at this time was the team of the Kyoto YMCA. Later, the team was a founding member of the Olympics Basketball competition in Berlin 1936. Henceforth, they participated almost every time until 1976. Team Japan was a regular at world tournaments. It had its debut at the FIBA World Championship in 1963. It was the top team in Asia, as it won the championship there in 1965 and 1971. Since the rise of China, Japan declined a little bit and appearances at global events became scarcer.

Most recently, Japan tried to qualify for the FIBA World 2014 through the FIBA ASIA qualifiers. Unfortunately, the team failed to enter even the semi finals. Eventually, it was South Korea, the Philippines, and Iran who qualified and went to Spain.

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Japan in the 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament

Last August 4, 2013, Japan matched up against the hosts of the 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament, the Philippines. With the help of the Philippines sixth man (the crowd), the hosts rallied to a 90-71 victory against one of Asia’s most successful basketball teams. The game was held in Manila, specifically in the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Philippines improved to 2-1 in Group E and dropped Japan to 1-2, as wins against eliminated teams, namely Group A’s Saudi Arabia for the locals, are not factored into the second round tally.

The Philippine Team dubbed as Gilas Pilipinas had another excellent third quarter, but this time, they were able to hold on. On August 3, it can be remembered that the Philippines enjoyed a double digit lead only to squander it and eventually lose to Chinese Taipei by two points. But against Japan, a 29-15 scoring deficit was took advantaged by the Philippines, for good.

With Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, and Marcus Douthit, the Philippines was able to get a 10-0 run against Japan. A 75-51 advantage at the start of the fourth was enough for Gilas to shift into cruise control, despite a last 12-4 push by the visiting team.

Jeff Chan of Gilas Pilipinas against Japan

Jeff Chan of Gilas Pilipinas against Japan

Douthit top-scored for the Philippines with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Chan notched 16 points, making 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc, while LA Tenorio and Ranidel De Ocampo chipped in nine markers each off the bench.

Led by Takeuchi, Japan managed to whittle down the lead in the fourth, 79-63, using a 12-4 run with four minutes remaining. But a Jimmy Alapag trey cut it short, to start a last 12-4 rally, highlighted by Gary David’s first three-pointer of the tournament, coming from the right corner, to bag this victory.

Japan’s head coach Kimikazu Suzuki rued that his team was only down by 10 at the half and couldn’t catch up afterwards. “We’re sad that we couldn’t play our basketball. They kept their style and we couldn’t stop their style,” he said.

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Development of a woman

World monetary force may be progressively moving from West to East; notwithstanding, the fate of political improvement in Asia remains a riddle to political researchers and arrangement experts, and additionally to the district’s natives. Actually, for some of Asia’s more created economies, where many years of formal discretionary legislative issues have prompted some refined ways to the subject of initiative and representation, there is a proceeding with requirement for political change. Occasions that have happened in the past in a certain district influences everybody adjacent and the choices individuals make has its outcomes. Misuse in ladies particularly amid the second world war was extremely wild. Japanese warriors would utilize and sexually ill-use ladies as their past time when they are not in fight. These ladies are frequently called “solace ladies” as they can’t do anything to resist the Japanese or else they will pass on.

Burma may have not encountered any of these as they were detached from society for quite a while however nobody truly knows. There is additionally the likelihood that something like the occasions that transpired with the Japanese comfort women happened in Burma likewise as they were once under the rule of an outside race and winners asserted their property.

Much like different countries, Myanmar is additionally beginning to give more power to the ladies and battle for their fairness. With a specific end goal to advance the ladies’ undertakings, MNCWA (Myanmar National Committee of Women Affairs) was established. by the current military government, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). This association intends to advance ladies’ rights and look to stop savagery against ladies.

There are eight segments to MNCWA’s working arrangements. They are ladies and instruction, ladies and human services, ladies and abusive behavior at home, ladies and the economy, ladies and society, ladies and youngsters, ladies and media and ladies and environment. There are additionally different associations working for ladies in Burma, for example, the Maternal and Child Welfare Association and Women and Sport. These tasks all go for adding to the ladies in Myanmar. Finally to change the reasoning of individuals that ladies ought to simply stay at home. Ladies have a voice in the general public.

 

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