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November 14, 2011
Cal Ripken Jr. is on a U.S. State Department visit to the earthquake-damaged parts of Japan.  We will post his videos from the trip here.  You can get more information on the trip on Cal's blog.                    
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A Japanese shipping line will pay a nearly $70 million fine after agreeing to plead guilty to fixing prices and rigging bids for services at the port of Baltimore, the Justice Department said Friday. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., or K-Line, is the latest ocean carrier charged in a massive antitrust investigation of companies that federal officials say have conspired to drive up international shipping prices. K-Line, which was charged in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Friday, provides shipping services for roll-on, roll-off cargo — including cars, trucks and construction equipment — to and from the U.S. and elsewhere.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2011
For the past few years, Big in Japan has been one of the more enigmatic bands on the Baltimore music scene. Made up largely of former members of electro-rockers Lake Trout, Big in Japan gigged sporadically around town, changed lineups fairly often and recorded music but never released it. They were a live band first and foremost, with a reputation for putting on killer dance shows. Much of their music was improvised. "It was a one-time-only kind of thing," said Matt Pierce, who plays keyboards and flute.
SPORTS
Baltimore Sun staff | July 17, 2013
Tommy Brenton, a former River Hill star who finished his career at Stony Brook this spring, has signed a pro contract with Link Togichi Brex, a team based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan, approximately 80 miles outside of Tokyo. Brenton, the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year, was also honored his senior year as the America East Player of the Year and the conference's top defensive player. "Tommy made an impact on the Stony Brook men's basketball program like no other student-athlete, and it excites me to now call him a professional basketball player," Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said in a news release.
NEWS
April 21, 2011
The news of Mayor William Donald Schaefer's passing saddened many Japanese, especially the residents of Kawasaki, our sister city since 1979. The late mayor was instrumental and vital in the creation of the sister city relationship with Kawasaki. The sister city program flourished under his leadership and his tireless slogan, "Do It Now. " He traveled to Japan many times, bringing the Baltimore Orioles and the famous manager Joe Altobelli. The Japanese people love baseball too and were so impressed with our team and observing our mayor who was so involved.
NEWS
April 14, 1993
On April Fool's Day, President Clinton said: "This is Japan's turn to lead." He must have been joking. As Mr. Clinton suspects, and will soon confirm when he meets Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa Friday, Japan is incapable of leading. If our new president had any doubts on the subject, he could tune in on Mr. Miyazawa's pre-summit conversation with American reporters. The wily old pol explained it's all a matter of gaiatsu, which, roughly translated, means Japan needs U.S. pressure to embarrass it into adopting prudent policies that its government detests and its people oppose.
NEWS
By WILLIAM PFAFF | December 16, 1991
Paris. -- There were many historical parallels drawn in the course of last weekend's Pearl Harbor memorials, but the most important was neglected. It is that once again Japan's perception of encirclement and international incomprehension is being fed.The incomprehension is perhaps more important than the encirclement, but both produce a sense of vulnerability and isolation, which in turn may produce the conviction that Japan will eventually be forced into...
NEWS
June 19, 1993
There cannot be much hope that Japan will agree to overhaul the trade imbalance with the U.S. in talks in Tokyo on June 27-28. Or that the Group of Seven summit in Tokyo on July 7-9 will bring a new trilateral understanding among North America, Europe and Japan.Japan is distracted by a political crisis without precedent in its postwar history. It will go to the summit represented by a prime minister, Kiichi Miyazawa, who has just been humiliated by a no-confidence vote caused by defectors in his all-powerful but all-tottering Liberal Democratic Party.
NEWS
April 8, 1991
It will take more than a sunny meeting between President Bush and Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu to smooth over the troubled American-Japanese relationship. While the two government chiefs dutifully put their emphasis on blandness rather than bashing during their short summit in California last week, they could not wish some very real irritants out of existence.At the top of the list is trade friction, emphasized only recently by Japanese threats to arrest American rice exporters trying to display their wares in Tokyo and by Japan's perch at the top of a U.S. list of unfair trading nations.
SPORTS
By Baltimore Sun staff | June 3, 2011
Just two weeks after the IndyCar series races through the streets of Baltimore on Labor Day, it will race on a road course near the Twin Ring Motegi motorsports facility after the track suffered damage from the March earthquakes. IndyCar made the announcement this morning. The race will be run on 2.98-mile, natural-terrain road course during its final visit to Twin Ring Motegi on Sept. 18. The facility was the site of Danica Patrick's only IndyCar win, the Japan 300 in 2008.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Midway through its journey in Japan, the UMBC men's lacrosse team has earned victories over the under-22 Japanese national team and the Japan national squad. After arriving Thursday, the team put on a clinic for Japanese freshmen players Saturday morning and then took on a determined U-22 Japanese national team in the afternoon. UMBC jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter, but the hosts used a 5-0 third-quarter run to tie the score at 8. But the Retrievers outscored their opponents 4-2 in the final quarter to prevail, 12-10.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | November 19, 2012
Kyuji Fujikawa, a 32-year-old, hard-throwing right hander who is considered one of the best closers in Japan, toured Camden Yards on Friday and had lunch with, among others, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. Fujikawa, who is an unrestricted free agent and wants to pitch in the United States on a multi-year deal, was on a tour of sorts. In the past two weeks, he also has met with representatives of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
When the Orioles signed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, 10 days into 2012, they did so because they believed the 27-year-old had displayed unflappability in big games. He represented his native Taiwan in the Olympics four years ago. He overcame all the obstacles of pitching in a different country, shining for four seasons in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons. When Chen won his 12th game of the season Aug. 19 in Detroit, he became the first Orioles' pitcher to record that many wins since 2007.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
The Towson men's lacrosse team ran out to a 5-1 first-quarter lead and defeated visiting Keio University, 11-4, in an international friendly Wednesday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium. "It was a great evening," Towson coach Shawn Nadelen said. "We were happy to welcome Keio University to Towson. They are the premier lacrosse-playing school in Japan, and we were honored to host them. " Playing international rules did not slow down the Tigers, who got plenty of early shots. Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored unassisted at 16:37 in the first quarter.
NEWS
September 24, 2012
China and Japan are making a mountain of a molehill in their territorial dispute over a group of tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku (in Japan) or the Diaoyu (in China). Whatever their name, they're basically just a bunch of rocks sticking out of the water; the largest is less than two miles square. Yet they've become the flash point for an increasingly shrill confrontation between Asia's two economic giants that has threatened to disrupt their $340 billion trade relationship and even prompted talk of war. Both sides have dispatched naval vessels to the area.
SPORTS
From Sun news services | September 17, 2012
The UMBC men's lacrosse team will open their fall schedule Thursday when they welcome Keio University of Japan for the fifth time in the past 11 years. The time for the scrimmage at UMBC Stadium is 4:30 p.m. The Retrievers will compete in the annual Varsity vs. Alumni game Oct. 13 and close fall play at the Drexel Fall Ball event on Oct. 20; UMBC will take on Navy (1 p.m.) and Penn (3 p.m.).
NEWS
By KEIICHIRO KOBORI | November 10, 1993
Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has gone several steps further than any other Japanese politician in discussing Japan's ''war responsibility'' for the Greater East Asia War.The completely misguided concept of war responsibility was lifted wholesale from the War Guilt Information Program the U.S. military authorities drew up in September 1945. Many scholars of modern history, including myself, have repeatedly pointed out that this notion is simply a vestige of the Occupation period (1945-1952)
NEWS
June 29, 1994
In good times, Japan does not need political leadership. The civil service makes everything work. But Japan is in economic crisis, trying to get out of recession and regain prosperity so Japanese can buy imports and mute American criticism. Japan is facing a run by world money managers from a weak dollar into a stronger yen, making Japanese products expensive to export. Unless action is taken and confidence regained, Japan's recovery will halt. For that, the Japanese do need a government.
SPORTS
From Sun news services | September 4, 2012
The Towson men's lacrosse team will host Japan's Keio University for a friendly international game on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “Towson Lacrosse is very excited to host Keio University,” Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen said. “It is the premier lacrosse-playing school in Japan.  Keio is very passionate for the sport of lacrosse, and it is displayed in how they perform on the field.  We are honored to have Keio at Towson, and our players will share in a great experience playing against the Japanese players.  We look forward to having a competitive game.
SPORTS
The Aegis | August 15, 2012
Though its chances of making it out of pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series faded a few days ago, the Harford County squad from Forest Hill did not lie down in its final game of the tournament Tuesday afternoon, handing the Midwest Plains squad of Lamar, Colo., a 5-1 defeat. Playing as the visiting side at Fenway Park, Harford County (1-3) scored three times in the top of the first, with Jordan Wax starting things by doubling in Nicholas Sulzbach. Wax then scored on a single by Sean D'Adamo, while D'Adamo scored on a single by Jake Johnson.
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