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Sapporo mayor interested in hosting 2026 Winter Olympics

Feb 27, 2017

Sapporo mayor interested in hosting 2026 Winter Olympics

While it is not certain Japan will even bid for the 2026 Olympics, Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto said his city is ready to host its second winter games, provided it can avoid the problems that have plagued Tokyo in the lead-up to the 2020 ...

From high school nightmare to living the baseball dream

Feb 16, 2017

From high school nightmare to living the baseball dream

When Taira Uematsu returns home after the big league season, the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen catcher spends a lot of time teaching baseball, and the most important lesson may be, “Have fun.” Uematsu rediscovered that fun for the game in the U.S. after three ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

/ Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...