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Groundbreaking pitcher Hideo Nomo retired today. The 39-year-old Nomo burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 1995 and captured the National League Rookie of the Year award. Along the way he opened up...

Colonel Sanders, the Masters and Silicon Valley

Finally . . . the curse of Colonel Sanders is over! A lesson in American-Okinawan cultural exchange . . . And Japanese students learn about American education. Tracing the impact of Japanese Americans in the Pacific...

Taratino, Matsui, and some robots

A sneak peak of director Quentin Taratino performing martial arts in a commercial for the Japan-based company Softbank. Robert Fitts, an author of several books on Japanese baseball, discusses New York Yankee slugger Hideki Matsui. University...

Can the MLB expand into Asia?

When it comes to professional baseball, the talent gap between Major League Baseball and Asia is slowly shrinking. Japan won the inaugural World Baseball Classic while Asian players from several different countries are currently...

Finally . . . a pen-spinning champion is crowned

Who among us hasn't spun a pen in our fingers when we are bored? It's almost a requirement during tedious high school classes and long work meetings. Well, Japan has turned that pastime into...

Doc’s MLB All-Star Game Fantasy Team

The annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a little over a week away, on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. Maui’s Kurt Suzuki is having the best year of his MLB career...

Goodbye, Nichi Bei Times

Sad news for the Nichi Bei Times, northern California's oldest Japanese American newspaper. There is, however, a glimmer of hope. Japan's Uniqlo teams up with Disney. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda goes for an encore performance at...

Mariah Carey’s blooper in Japan

Ahh, throwing out the first pitch. It's a long-time tradition in baseball that dates back to President William Howard Taft in 1910. The ceremonial act has expanded beyond Presidents to celebrities and various persons...

Tenkara and Taikoproject

Not familiar with the Japanese fishing practice known as tenkara? Daniel Galhardo is trying to spread the word in America. Talking Taikoproject in Fort Wayne. NPR looks at some of the World War II veterans who...

A UH professor is remembered, fortune cookies and the Wii

Tad Nakamura's new film, "A Song For Ourselves," which is about the late University of Hawaii professor Chris Iijima, has people talking in San Francisco - with a little help from Patsy Mink too. One...

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