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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, ...

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 27, 2018

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

Yusei Kikuchi's impending move to the major leagues this winter has been planned out long in advance, according to sources close to the left-handed pitcher. From the instant the Seibu Lions announced they would be willing to post their No. 1 pitcher this offseason, Kikuchi ...

Japan-MLB All-Star Series part of rich history

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 7, 2018

Japan-MLB All-Star Series part of rich history

The latest chapter in a long history of pro baseball exchanges between Japan and the United States will open Friday with the start of the six-game Japan All-Star Series. For the second time, visiting major leaguers will square off against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan, ...