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Tamiya: A model business for creative, fun-loving customers

Lifestyle Mar 24, 2019

Tamiya: A model business for creative, fun-loving customers

While it may look out of sync with its surroundings, model and radio-controlled car giant Tamiya's Plamodel Factory (Plastic Model Factory) flagship store has a happy home amid the office buildings and dining establishments of Tokyo's Shinbashi district. "Being in Shinbashi seemed like quite a ...

Yusei Kikuchi may follow Shohei Ohtani's example in the MLB

Baseball / MLB Jan 2, 2019

Yusei Kikuchi may follow Shohei Ohtani's example in the MLB

Although Yusei Kikuchi is arriving in the major leagues with less fanfare than Shohei Ohtani did a year ago, the lefty could — like Ohtani did — help change people's minds about Japanese pitching. Kikuchi, who has reportedly reached a deal with the Seattle Mariners, ...