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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
LONDON — Before the largest crowd to ever watch a women's Olympic soccer match, in a stadium synonymous with what Europeans call football, the U.S. won gold and with it, another chance for the sport to become less of a quadrennial attraction back home. "Eighty thousand for a women's final?" said Carli Lloyd, who scored both goals for the U.S. in a 2-1 victory over Japan Thursday at Wembley Stadium. "That says a lot about women's soccer, and women's sports. " The match nearly filled the storied stadium, home to the English national team.
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Sports Digest | June 24, 2012
Et cetera I'll Have Another will stand at stud in Japan I'll Have Another, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last month, will head to Japan to stand at stud, The New York Times reported Saturday. The owner, Paul Reddam , said Friday that a deal had been reached with Shigeyuki Okada 's Big Red Farm on the island of Hokkaido to stand I'll Have Another beginning next year's breeding season. Financial terms were not disclosed. I'll Have Another, who is based at the trainer Doug O'Neill 's stable at Hollywood Park, was retired the day before the June 9 Belmont Stakes because of a tendon injury.
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By Scott Dance | March 30, 2012
Stink bugs have begun to emerge from winter hibernation. They often take refuge in only to creep into your bedroom once the weather warms , as they try to find their way outside again. The pests have only been in this country since 1998, likely from China or Japan. They have only been in Maryland since 2009 or so. But their populations have grown rapidly since then. Try flushing them rather than squishing. And make sure to seal any openings to your house they might sneak in through.
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March 27, 2012
Giving back is great Mike DiGiovanna Los Angeles Times The pluses of playing regular-season games overseas far outweigh the minuses, especially as they pertain to Japan. Considering how much that country has contributed to Major League Baseball over the past two decades — Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, now Yu Darvish, extensive media coverage of the game and fertile marketing terrain — it's important that the game give something back. It's good for younger, less-traveled players and those living more of a sheltered existence, to gain the cultural experience of going to another country, of visiting areas hit by the 2011 tsunami and connecting with families of storm victims.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
Japanese cultural exchange student Minami Tajima remembers one of her first visits to an American restaurant. She and about two dozen other students from Japan visited Anne Arundel County last year, and after she befriended Arundel High School student Taylor Niemetz, the two went to a steakhouse in the Waugh Chapel area. "So this is a Japanese restaurant," Niemetz said. "They're Chinese,'" Tajima replied, referring to the cooks. Talk about cultural awareness. Still, Tajima, a student from Sagami Ono High School in a city near Tokyo, said she enjoys American food.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
The Orioles' new starting pitcher, Tsuyoshi Wada, likely won't make his Camden Yards debut until the first full week of April, and it won't be known for several months how well he'll make the transition from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball to major league baseball. But the first impression of the 30-year-old, soft-tossing left-hander is that he'll work to assimilate - as evidenced by his opening statement Thursday at his introductory news conference at Camden Yards, which he delivered in English.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
Two of Dan Duquette's primary goals when he took over as the Orioles' executive vice president last month were to immediately improve the club's starting rotation and strengthen its presence in the international marketplace. He might have done both with one move. According to an industry source, the Orioles agreed to terms Tuesday with 30-year-old Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada on a two-year, $8.15 million deal that also includes a $5 million option for 2014. Duquette and the Orioles have not confirmed the pact.
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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.                    
EXPLORE
August 12, 2011
The Cal Ripken World Series opened for the 12th time Friday night, the ninth time in Aberdeen, with a ceremony in front of hundreds of fans from the United States and other countries at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen. Players, coaches, ambassadors and bat boys from all 16 teams paraded around the complex into Ripken Stadium, before returning to Cal Sr.'s Yard, where each team was introduced and each manager was awarded a participation plaque. While parading was going on, students from Chung's Martial Arts displayed board breaking moves and other forms from Tae Kwon Do. Fourteen-year-old Melanie Smith performed the national anthem.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2011
While Otakon will be following its standard all-Japan-all-the-time formula again this year, organizers are stretching their cultural boundaries a bit. "We're actually starting to focus on some Korean pop culture as well," says Otakon spokesman Victor Albisharat. "That's been a growing market. " Among the offerings is the U.S. premiere of "Quick," from South Korean director Jo Beom-goo. "The best way I could describe is kind of a Korean version of 'Speed,'" Albisharat says. "Basically, the premise of this one is a delivery guy on a motorcycle, his first package is actually a bomb.
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