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The Marines' Roki Sasaki pitches in the bullpen during spring camp in Okinawa on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Feb 9, 2024
Roki Sasaki gets back to business after weeks of speculation about future
After weeks of rampant rumors, the "Monster of the Reiwa Era" is back to the business of baseball, and the MLB questions are back on the shelf for now.
Japan's Mone Chiba celebrates after winning the women's competition at the Four Continents championships in Shanghai on Friday.
MORE SPORTS / Figure skating
Feb 3, 2024
Japan's Chiba fights off nerves to triumph in women's Four Continents
Chiba's compatriot Rinka Watanabe came second in the free skate, in which she landed a notoriously difficult triple axel.
Yuma Kagiyama performs his short program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai on Thursday.
MORE SPORTS / Figure skating
Feb 2, 2024
Yuma Kagiyama and Mone Chiba lead way at Four Continents
Yuma Kagiyama and Mone Chiba are in first place after the short programs.
Marines ace Roki Sasaki speaks during a news conference in Chiba on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 27, 2024
Marines and ace Sasaki deny discord over MLB ambitions
The 22-year-old agreed to terms Friday on his contract with Lotte for the upcoming season, just six days before the start of spring training.
Roki Sasaki pitches during a World Baseball Classic group stage game against the Czech Republic at Tokyo Dome in March 2023.
Jan 26, 2024
Roki Sasaki and Marines end contract standoff
The 22-year-old had been the subject of several media reports claiming he had demanded Lotte allow him to sign with an MLB team.
Kotaro Seki, CEO of Ellange, in front of the truck that he uses to collect nets from fisheries
JAPAN / Society
Jan 7, 2024
Trash into treasure: Can fishing net waste be the future of fashion?
A pair of Japanese startups are looking to solve a problem for the nation's fisheries: What to do with old fishing nets.
Shiv Kumar (left) and Nirmal Singh say they are learning a lot about living and thriving in Japan while taking part in the Technical Intern Trainee Program. Their case, however, seems to be an exception to the norm.
COMMUNITY / Issues / The Foreign Element
Dec 18, 2023
Beating the odds on Japan's controversial foreign trainee program
Nirmal Singh and Shiv Kumar beat the odds on the Technical Intern Training Program, but luck shouldn't play such a key role in a government initiative.
The operator of Tokyo Disneyland on Friday apologized after clips of Minnie Mouse having her skirt lifted by another character during a recent Christmas parade went viral on social media.
Dec 9, 2023
Tokyo Disneyland apologizes for Minnie Mouse skirt-lifting incident
Some people on social media expressed anger at the character's skirt being flipped and said it "set a bad example for children."
Transport ministry officials hand out fliers to arriving international visitors warning against using unlicensed taxis at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture in early November.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 18, 2023
Japan cracks down on illegal taxis as tourism boom drives demand
Japanese authorities are stepping up surveillance of unlicensed taxis at Narita Airport near Tokyo, as more tourists seek transport to the capital.
Chiba Prefectural Police officers speak at a news conference at Matsudo Police Station on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 13, 2023
Woman killed in Chiba was repeatedly hit with blunt object
The suspects — one male about 180 cm tall who was wearing a jacket and a cap, and another man described as fairly thin — remain at large.
Orix Buffaloes players celebrate after the team clinched its third straight trip to the Japan Series on Saturday in Osaka.
Oct 21, 2023
Buffaloes down Marines to set up all-Kansai Japan Series
The win booked the Buffaloes' third straight trip to the Japan Series.
American Justin Suh putts on the 7th green during the third round of the Zozo Championships in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, on Saturday.
Oct 21, 2023
Justin Suh seizes lead heading into final day of Zozo Championship
Suh, a tour rookie with two top-10 finishes this season, had five birdies and two bogeys in the third round.
Dan Serafini pitches in a game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 21, 2023
Former Marines pitcher Dan Serafini faces murder charge in U.S.
Serafini, 49, also faces an attempted murder charge in connection with the 2021 incident in which his wife's father was fatally shot.
Hanshin Tigers celebrate after the team booked a spot in the Japan Series with a 4-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp on Friday at Koshien Stadium.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 20, 2023
Tigers sweep past Carp on way to first Japan Series in nine years
The win in front of their frenzied fans at historic Koshien Stadium near Osaka earned the Tigers their first Japan Series berth since 2014.
A 46-year-old priest was arrested Thursday for possessing marijuana at his home in Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, according to an NHK report.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 19, 2023
Chiba priest arrested for marijuana possession: NHK
Police arrested the priest at Rengeji Temple for possessing dried marijuana at his home.
The Buffaloes' Kotaro Kurebayashi (left), Yuma Mune (second from left), Yutaro Sugimoto and Kenya Wakatsuki pose after their win over the Marines at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Wednesday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 19, 2023
Buffaloes rally past Marines in PLCS final stage opener
The Buffaloes took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as they entered it with a one-win advantage as the league champions.
Lotte's Hiromi Oka slides home to score the winning run against SoftBank in Game 3 of the PL Climax Series first stage in Chiba on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 17, 2023
Marines and Carp hope to maintain Climax Series momentum
The CL and PL league champions, the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes, will enter the fray with places in the Japan Series on the line.
Hawks reliever Ryosuke Otsu (left) is comforted on the mount by pitching coach Kazumi Saito after surrendering the game-winning run against the Marines in Game 3 of the first stage of the PL Climax Series in Chiba on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Oct 17, 2023
Hawks relievers and coaches endure agony of 10th-inning collapse
That bell tolled for Yuki Tsumori and Ryosuke Otsu on Monday night at Zozo Marine Stadium as they allowed four pitches in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Lotte celebrates after its come-from-behind win over the Hawks to win the first stage of the Climax Series in Chiba on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 17, 2023
Marines advance to PLCS final stage with walk-off win
The Marines will face the first-place Orix Buffaloes in the best-of-seven final stage beginning Wednesday at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
Hawks starter Kohei Arihara pitches against the Marines in Game 2 during the first stage of the Pacific League Climax Series at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 15, 2023
Hawks bounce back to even series against Marines
Kohei Arihara threw six innings of one-run ball and the Hawks backed him up with a few timely hits to extend their season.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation