Aug 21, 2014

220 mostly female minors warned against online solicitation

Warnings against online misconduct were issued to 220 minors under 18 in the first half of the year, the National Police Agency reported Thursday. The warnings covered activity ranging from paid sex and dates to underwear sales, and 102 were involved in prostitution or ...

Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Aug 21, 2014

Fighters cut infielder Abreu

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Thursday that they have terminated the contract of Michel Abreu, who led the Pacific League in home runs last season. Abreu has been limited to just six games this season because of a lower back injury, and ...

Aug 21, 2014

Ailing slugger Despaigne deactivated

Newly acquired Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne has been deactivated from the Chiba Lotte Marines active roster after being diagnosed with a lower back injury, the Pacific League club said Thursday. Despaigne complained of pain in his right midriff and was replaced during the Marines’ ...

Aug 21, 2014

Top League to introduce new officiating system this season

When the Top League kicks off its 12th season on Friday, there will be a slight change in the officiating as the league implements a television match official system. The introduction of a TMO system is intended to bring Japan in line with the ...