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    Masahiro Tanaka wanted to return to the Yankees, which is painful for fans of the team to hear. Masahiro Tanaka, after the 2020 season, went home to Japan to continue his pitching career in his home country. At the time, the narrative was that Tanaka was headed home to a place he’d be more comfortable and that the decision to leave the MLB was largely his own choice. Tanaka recently cleared the air on that, revealing that, if he had it his way, he’d still be a Yankee.Masahiro Tanaka wanted to return to the New York YankeesHere’s what the fan-favorite pitcher said, per The Japan Times, on heading overseas to play in Japan: “When I became a free agent, honestly I wanted to sign another contract with Yankees and play there,” Tanaka said after returning to Japan. “Then as I heard different things, I thought I might have to take a different road and considered various things.” Tanaka was replaced by Corey Kluber — who pitched a no-hitter that season — and Jameson Taillon, who performed well and signed a substantial...
    Japan fans have continued collecting up rubbish left in the stands even after their nation's heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Croatia. Supporters were again seen equipped with blue waste bags as they handpicked rubbish from underneath the seats of the Al Janoub Stadium. Japanese fans have won plaudits throughout the World Cup for their cleanliness, which they have been doing as a gesture of respect and goodwill in the empty stadium.  And despite suffering a 3-1 loss on penalties, having been gridlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time, they continued to show their class after being knocked out of the tournament.   Japan fans clean up the stands by removing their waste following the penalty shootout defeat to Croatia A female Japan supporter carried a see-through bag filled with rubbish left inside the Al Janoub Stadium Another Japan supporter handpicks plastic bottles that have been left underneath the seats following the game Back home in Tokyo, though, Japan fans were pictured in tears following their nation's heartbreaking defeat Japan fans appear distraught following their team's penalty shootout defeat to Croatia in the...
    FANS have been left in stitches after commentator Jermaine Jenas spoke about Japan star Takumi Minamino's spell in Germany - although he has never played there. Jenas was talking supporters through the last-16 clash between Japan and Croatia. 2Takumi Minamino did not play in Germany despite Jermaine Jenas thinking he didCredit: Getty 2Jermaine Jenas make a mistake while on commentaryCredit: PA Zlatko Dalic's men were eventual winners on penalties after extra time ended 1-1 but during the 120 minutes of action viewers poked fun at the pundit. One fan tweeted on Jenas' mishap: "According to Jermaine Jenas, Minamino’s 'time in Germany' went well. Takumi Minamino has never played in Germany." The 27-year-old attacker currently plays for Monaco having previously played for Liverpool and Southampton. Minamino burst onto the scene while playing for RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga before coming to the Premier League. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST England to play France in quarter-finals, armed raid at Sterling's home in UK Some believed online that Jenas may have mistaken the Austrian Bundesliga for...
    The World Cup's "hottest fan" has posed with Japan fans in a stadium before the Croatia game - hours after making a cheeky sushi taunt. Ivana Knoll's beloved Croatia is taking on the Asian giants at Al Janoub Stadium for a place in the quarter finals. 6Glam supermodel Ivana Knoll taunted Japan fans with a cheeky Instagram postCredit: Instagram 6The naughty post comes as Croatia take on Japan at Al Janoub Stadium for a place in the quarter finalsCredit: Instagram 6The die-hard Croatia supporter was spotted taking photos with Japan fans ahead of today's clash World Cup clashCredit: AFP 6Knoll's outfits have stoked controversy in Qatar, which is known for its modest dress codeCredit: PA In the lead-up to do-or-die match, Knoll was spotted taking photos of Japan fans ahead of the 3pm kick off. She also posted a picture of her eating sushi with the caption: "Japan, we are ready for you!" The cheeky jibe comes as Knoll drew “disapproving” attention for her racy outfits at this year’s World Cup and hit back at critics in a new racy...
    FOX Sports was once again slammed by soccer fans after sharing an incorrect Round-of-16 bracket on live television Friday. The bracket incorrectly showed Spain playing Croatia and Morocco playing against Japan. The correct bracket would have shown Morocco playing against Spain and Japan playing against Croatia. And soccer fans were quick to call out the network on social media after seeing the network's latest error. The network's coverage has already dropped out multiple times and it missed the start of the second half of Denmark's clash with Tunisia. One viewer wrote on Twitter: 'There is at least one mistake on every broadcast, wrong tables is common.' Fox Sports shared an incorrect World Cup bracket that showed two wrong games with Spain, Croatia, Morocco and Japan all mixed up. Morocco face Spain and Japan play Croatia RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next BRAD FRIEDEL: I nearly jumped through my TV set watching USA... South Korea 2-1 Portugal: Son Heung-min sets up Hwang... USA's route to the World Cup final: A potential quarterfinal... Tyler Adams hails...
    GERMANY'S World Cup campaign in Qatar has been made into an Amazon All or Nothing documentary. But football fans have joked cameras won't have filmed enough for a full six-part series after their embarrassing group stage exit. 3Germany failed to make the World Cup knockouts for a second successive tournamentCredit: Getty 3Their campaign is being made into an Amazon All or Nothing documentaryCredit: Getty Hansi Flick's have side failed to make the World Cup knockout rounds for a second consecutive tournament. After a shock loss to Japan, a draw against Spain and a win over Costa Rica weren't enough to send Germany through. It was revealed in September that Amazon cameras would be given access all areas to their campaign in Qatar. The four-time winners aiming to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in Russia four years ago. But instead of a record equalling fifth triumph, Die Mannschaft are heading home early again. And fans have been quick to joke about the documentary, which is set to be released in Spring 2023. One wrote on Twitter: "Wait I swear Germany...
    LIVERPOOL legend Luis Garcia has trolled Chelsea fans over his own "ghost goal" following the goalline controversy seen at the World Cup. Japan knocked out Germany with a 2-1 win over Spain after the ball went millimetres from crossing the byline before it was hooked back in for Ao Tanaka to score his nation's winner. 3Luis Garcia's "ghost goal" went down in huge controversyCredit: AFP 3Garcia wheeled away in celebration as his goal sent Liverpool to the Champions League finalCredit: AFP - Getty 3Japan's winner against Spain created fierce debate on social mediaCredit: AP Fierce debate followed online, with a number of people attempting to show why the ball had stayed in play. And Garcia hopped onto this bandwagon to troll Chelsea fans regarding his "ghost goal" against them. Taking to Twitter, he quote tweeted a video explaining deceiving camera angles and said: "Hope there's no more complaints from Chelsea supporters..." All the way back in 2005, four minutes into a Champions League semi-final second leg against The Blues Garcia prodded the ball towards goal. Despite it...
    CREATIVE football fans have taken it upon themselves to explain why Japan's winning goal against Spain was RIGHT to stand - with their own brilliant home videos. Kaoru Mitoma did brilliantly to pull the back into play from the very edge of the byline. 9Fans on Twitter showed how the ball can be in even if it looks outCredit: https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1598424792436293632 9The angle and perception is criticalCredit: https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1598424792436293632 9From overhead, it can be seen the ball and 'line' overlapCredit: https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1598424792436293632 9Kaoru Mitoma did brilliantly to keep the ball in playCredit: AP 9Fifa have not released an official graphic or evidenceCredit: AP He then teed up Ao Tanaka to stick the ball in and cause the Samurai Blue's second major shock of the World Cup. Japan's 2-1 win saw them top Group E ahead of Spain and dumped Germany out on goal difference behind the 2010 champions. The goal caused controversy, though, with the referee initially giving a goal kick before VAR officials told referee Victor Gomes to award the goal. But unlike with goal-line technology, there were no graphics or...
    FANS are calling for Japan to adopt a new hilarious flag after knocking Germany out of the World Cup in controversial fashion. Japan beat Spain 2-1 and came from a goal behind to take top spot in Group E. 2Sportbladet's December 2 edition put a line next to the red circle in Japan's flagCredit: Sportbladet 2The finest of margins saw Japan beat Spain and knock out GermanyCredit: Getty The win saw Germany, who beat Costa Rica 4-2, be knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages for the second tournament in a row. But the cross that led to the winning goal looked from some angles to have crossed the byline, which would have led to it being disallowed and a goal kick being awarded. The on-field officials initially ruled it had gone out of play before Tanaka scored, but VAR corrected the decision. Technology proved that the ball had been kept in play by just a few millimetres before Kaoru Mitoma pulled it back from his team-mate to tap in. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Germany...
    FANS are sharing a wild World Cup conspiracy theory with Spain's loss to Japan handing them potentially an easier route to the final. World Cup Group E's final fixtures didn't disappoint with all teams in with a chance of reaching the knockouts before kick-off. 2Germany were knocked out in the group stages for the second World Cup in a rowCredit: Reuters 2Spain have an easier route to the final as a result of their loss to JapanCredit: Getty Spain and Japan occupied first and second, while Costa Rica were a close third and Germany were in fourth. At one stage, Japan and Costa Rica were heading through with Germany and Spain crashing out. Costa Rica came from a goal down to capture a 2-1 lead, but collapsed late on. The win for Germany would have been enough to see them through had Japan lost against Spain or played out a draw. READ MORE ON WORLD CUP QATAR LATEST Germany OUT after Japan's goal line drama against Spain, Belgium's EXIT However, Japan snatched a 2-1 win to seal top spot of...
    JAPAN'S sensational supporters matched their team's performance on the pitch with another classy display off it. The Samurai Blue fans were in the mood to party last night. 9Japan fans put their celebrations on hold to clean up the stadiumCredit: Reuters 9They had just seen their side stun Spain to top Group ECredit: Getty 9The celebrations were put on pause to ensure they left the ground tidyCredit: Getty 9They filled up a whole heap of bags of rubbishCredit: Reuters 9Despite the euphoria, the Japan supporters made sure to clean upCredit: Reuters 9One fan fist-bumped a stadium worker as a sign of mutual respectCredit: Reuters They saw their side battle back from 1-0 down to beat Spain and quality as group winners for the last 16 of the World Cup. It was an eventful night in Qatar as Germany, who also lost to Japan, were knocked out on goal difference despite beating Costa Rica 4-2. But the night most certainly belonged to Japan. The game finished at nearly midnight local time - or 6am back home where thousands turned out...
    A contentious goal awarded to Japan in this evening's match against Spain has bundled Germany out of the World Cup in sensational fashion. For the second tournament in a row, the Germans have crashed out during group stages - crushing fans hopes of glory and leaving exhausted players in tears on the pitch.  After failing to win either of their first two matches, Germany needed a victory over Costa Rica tonight and for Spain to beat Japan. While they came from behind to beat Costa Rica 4-2, Japan secured first place in Group E with a 2-1 victory over Spain, leaving Hansi Flick's men in third place and Costa Rica at the bottom of the table. The Germans hit the post three times during Thursday's match in what will no doubt haunt the players as they're sent packing this early in the tournament. But it's one particular call from the Japan-Spain match which is already causing the most controversy. Meanwhile during the Japan-Spain match, one particular call which went the way of Japan is likely to spark outrage among German diehards. Japan...
    ENGLAND fans had little room for sympathy as Germany crashed out of the World Cup in circumstances echoing all the way back to 2010. Germany saw themselves go out at the group stage once again despite defeating Costa Rica 4-2 as Japan inched their way into the Last 16 thanks to a 2-1 victory over Spain. 2Frank Lampard's "ghost goal" against Germany in 2010Credit: Getty Images - Getty 2This happened in the build up to Japan's winnerCredit: AP Germany are out of the #FIFAWorldCup in the group stage!! pic.twitter.com/h3bFEYn1Pw— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 1, 2022 Japan's second goal controversially stood despite many claims that the ball had gone over the line. But England fans felt the nature of the decision was 12 years in the making. Frank Lampard was infamously denied an equaliser against Germany in 2010 when his shot crashed down off the bar but spun back and was not given as a goal - despite being over the line. One fan declared: "Justice for Lampard. He got 0 World Cup goals cause of that." A second...
    Japan's supporters continue to win an army of fans online as they once again stayed behind to clean up the stadium despite watching their side lose to Costa Rica. After seeing their nation record a shock win over Germany in their first game, heartbroken Japanese fans were devastated after Costa Rica's Keysher Fuller stole all three points earlier today. However, while many football fans would have been distraught, Japan's supporters once again showed their class by staying behind to clean up the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar. The Japan supporters gave gathered widespread support after they were pictured cleaning up not only for their own match against Germany but also during the World Cup opener, Qatar vs Ecuador. Japan's supporters continue to win an army of fans online as they once again stayed behind to clean up the stadium despite watching their side lose to Costa Rica. Pictured: A Japan fan cleans up at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium Incredible images (above) showed fans holding up bags inside the stadium before the match that they would later use to pick...
    JAPAN fans showed their class as they helped clean up the mess at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium. That is despite their gut-wrenching defeat to Costa Rica potentially leaving their World Cup dreams in tatters. 5Japan supporters collected rubbish after their team's defeat to Costa RicaCredit: AFP 5They filled dozens of plastic bags with litterCredit: Getty 5They helped leave the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium spotlessCredit: Getty 5They have come in for plenty of support onlineCredit: Rex The Japanese supporters have received widespread praise during Qatar 2022 for the way they have selflessly and kindly joined staff in clearing up after matches. And they were at it again on Sunday following the loss. Costa Rica star Keysher Fuller curled into the top corner with nine minutes to go to secure a 1-0 win and all three points. The result flings Group E wide open ahead of Spain's clash with Germany this evening. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Rooney URGES Southgate to rest Kane, Gary Neville SLAMS Messi But as the rest of the supporters headed out of the...
    GROUP E's second round of World Cup fixtures involve a mouth-watering encounter between Japan and Costa Rica in Ar-Rayyan. The Japanese are no strangers to football's biggest cup competition as they have qualified for the last seven consecutive tournaments. 2Japan's celebrations were wild after securing a Qatar 2022 World Cup spotCredit: AFP 2Heung-min Son's late free-kick forced Costa Rica to share the spoils with JapanCredit: Reuters But sealing their spot for Qatar may have been the most difficult yet as two last-gasp goals from substitute Kaoru Mitoma in Australia got the job done. And now, Hajime Moriyasu's men face a tough task of collecting three points from Costa Rica who have experience of winning on this ground before. However, Los Ticos suffered heartbreak against the last East Asian opponent they came up against courtesy of a wonder strike from Tottenham Hotspur ace Son Heung-min. BETTING SPECIAL - GET £66 IN FREE BETS ON THE WORLD CUP What time does Japan vs Costa Rica kick off? Japan are scheduled to encounter Costa Rica on Sunday, November 27. It...
    A German WAG has shown off her goosebumps as she joined football fans in complaining that Qatar's World Cup stadiums are too cold. Christina Ginter, who is married to German football player Matthias Ginter, stood shivering in the stands as she watched her husband's team lose 2-1 to Japan in a shock defeat yesterday. Christina shared her dismay on Instagram, posting a picture of goosebumps on her arm while complaining about Qatar going to the extreme when cooling down its eight stadiums. Christina, who has been living with other German players' wives at the Hilton's four-star Fuwairit Kite Beach hotel, appeared stern-faced during the football match in which her husband sat on the substitute bench. Qatar, the first World Cup host to hold the tournament in a desert, holding the first World Cup in a desert, has spent millions on cooling the football stands with huge air conditioning funnels that are placed under seats. Christina Ginter, who is married to German football player Matthias Ginter, stood shivering in the stands as she watched her husband's team lose 2-1 to Japan in a...
    JAPAN stars cleaned up their dressing room after their famous World Cup win over Germany. Goals from Ristsu Doan and Takuma Asano produced a stunning comeback victory for the Samarai Blue on Wednesday. 4Japan left their dressing room spotless following their clash with Germany 4Some members of the squad left behind origami 4Takuma Asano scored a famous winner against GermanyCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Ritsu Doan got on the scoresheet to write his name in the Japanese history booksCredit: Alamy But they remained grounded after the game and took the time to clean up after themselves. The dressing room was spotless when the squad left, though they did make their mark in a different way. A note was left thanking their hosts, with the words 'thank you' written down in Arabic. Origami swans were also left behind as a departing gift and as a gesture of the team's appreciation. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Kane TRAINS after ankle scan while Maddison set to MISS out on USA clash Japan did the same after being knocked out of the...
    JAPANESE fans continued their custom of cleaning up stadiums - even after the most incredible victory in their World Cup history. They downed four-time world champions Germany after a late comeback in their opening game in Qatar. 3Japanese supporters stayed behind to tidy up after their win over GermanyCredit: Getty 3Their fans continued their tradition of cleaning up despite the famous victoryCredit: Getty Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan had fired Germany ahead from the penalty spot midway through the first half. That looked to have set Germany on their way to a routine victory as they dominated for large spells. But Japan sent the Khalifa International Stadium into disbelief with a frantic turnaround in the final quarter of an hour. Substitute Ritsu Doan grabbed a deserved equaliser in the 75th minute. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST Kane undergoes ankle SCAN while Southgate fears England are 'targets' Then fellow sub Takuma Asano beat the offside trap and ran through towards goal before thumping in from a tight angle to seal the 2-1 win. Both the squad, staff and supporters appeared...
    Japan fans have collected garbage after their side's win over Germany- days after tidying up another stadium. Supporters in football shirts were seen armed with bottles and blue waste bags as they tidied up the stadium. Another fan with what appeared to be blue hair, a nod of support to his country, lent down as he placed bottles and other waste in a plastic bag. The supporters stayed behind at the venue after the match, which saw their team triumph 2-1 over Germany.  They were seen doing the gesture of respect and goodwill in the empty stadium. Fans in football shirts were seen armed with bottles and waste as they tidied up the stadium, pictured  Another fan with what appeared to be blue hair, a nod of support to his country, lent down as he placed bottles and other waste in a plastic bag, pictured A Japanese fan clears rubbish from the stands after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Germany and Japan All of the fans clutched numerous bags to collect the rubbish and weaved through...
    ANTONIO RUDIGER sent social media abuzz with his bizarre running during Germany's clash with Japan. The Real Madrid star was in action for his country as they kicked off their 2022 World Cup campaign in Qatar. 3Antonio Rudiger bizarrely ran towards the touchline 3Fans noticed the Germany star's strange running technique And it was an incident in the 64th minute that really got people talking. Trailing 1-0, Japan desperately sought to get back in the game. Manager Hajime Moriyasu threw on former Arsenal forward Takuma Asano in the second half as he chased an equaliser. Asano chased a long hopeful ball down the channel, but was marshalled by Rudiger. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Kane undergoes ankle SCAN while Southgate fears England are 'targets' Rather than conventionally shepherding the ball out of play, however, Rudiger bizarrely jumped into his run as he galloped towards the touchline. The former Chelsea ace grinned as he ran back into position, with fans noticing his strange run. One wrote: "Wtf is rudiger doing." While a second tweeted: "Rudiger has got to be...
    JAPAN fans continued their custom of cleaning up stadiums at the end of matches - even though their team did not play. Several Japanese fans attended the World Cup opening game between Qatar and Ecuador. 3Japanese fans cleaned the Al Bayt Stadium at the end of Qatar vs Ecuador 3A Qatari fan was so impressed he filmed the supporters cleaning 3Japan fans have cleaned up after matches at previous World Cups And at the end of the game they went around the Al Bayt Stadium picking up rubbish and collecting Qatar flags left behind by fans. One Qatari fan was so shocked he began filming the group of Japanese supporters before joining in to help. He asked why they chose to clean up before hugging one supporter and telling the group how much he respected him. A fan explained their actions saying: "We never leave, Japanese never leave rubbish behind us. We respect the place." READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Argentina STUNNED by the Saudi's, Saka inspires England thrashing The Qatari who filmed the video said: "Woah!...
    HARRY MAGUIRE'S name has been loudly booed ahead of this evening's Uefa Nations League clash with Germany. The under-fire Manchester United skipper remains a key man for England boss Gareth Southgate, despite being dropped for his club. 1Harry Maguire was booed ahead of kick offCredit: PA As his name was announced to the crowd 45 minutes before kick-off, boos were heard around Wembley Stadium. Fans also flocked to social media to moan about the inclusion of the Manchester United captain. One wrote: "HOW does Harry Maguire keep managing to get picked? "Gareth's heads gone at this point." Another asked: "How on Earth Harry Maguire still starts games for England?" While a further fan joked: "We got Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw we will be fine." MORE FOLLOWS... Most read in SoccerOFF TARGET USMNT fail to have a single shot on target in defeat by Japan ahead of World CupUSMNT vs Japan: US start time, live stream, TV channel USA, team newsBRANCHING OUT What to know about Megan Rapinoe and Sue BirdDEVILS MOVE Elon Musk claims he's buying Man Utd -...
    TOKYO, Japan–Few would have imagined that when former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated in public with a handmade shotgun, the man who killed him would be perceived as something of a folk hero by adoring fans across the country. This month, the cover of the weekly Japanese magazine SPA! was a large feature on the cult of hero worship for Tetsuya Yamagami, the 42-year-old man who shot Abe on July 8. There are now swooning internet fans known as “Yamagami Girls” and a surprising outpouring of sympathy for him. Cash, gifts and food have been sent to him in jail from supporters across the nation. There’s even an online petition calling for a reduced sentence for Yamagami that has garnered thousands of signatures. The eight-page article in SPA! about the worship of Yamagami is a magnum opus on the complicated factors that have played into the elevation of the assassin from “terrorist” to “noble vigilante” by some Japanese nationals. The headline in garish gold letters doesn’t pull any punches: “The man who attacked Abe, [Tetsuya] Yamagami is now...
    ABC Longtime “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba has fans in disbelief over a set of throwback photos to her days as a pop star in Japan.Inaba Posted a Series of Photos About Her Day as a ‘Party Girl’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Carrie Ann Inaba (@carrieanninaba) On Instagram, Inaba shared photos of herself in Japan in 1986 when she was touring in Japan, saying that sometimes she can’t believe she led that life. Inaba wrote: Sometimes I don’t believe I had this experience, but I guess the photos prove that it was not a dream. … It was a fun time and the beginning of my career in television and entertainment. The show I often performed on was Live. 2 hours of live television filled with incredible performances. (Not unlike the @dancingwiththestars ). I not only performed often as a guest, ( in one slide you’ll see I was a guest and performed the same night Julian Lennon performed) but I also danced every week. I was a part...
    Their enigmatic – and some would argue, even aloof – qualities are what lend cats their air of mystery. And whether they're meowing, hissing or purring, it's often impossible to know exactly what your feline is thinking. But a new 'cat translator' app could help owners decipher what their pets are trying to tell them. MeowTalk founders say they have found a formula that is able to identify a cat's meows and translate them into human languages. MeowTalk founders say they have found a formula that is able to identify a cat's meows and translate them into human languages. Picture: file image It has gone viral since being launched in Japan, with 17million downloads and 250million meows recorded. There is even an Alexa-style function that can pick up on cat noises automatically, sending owners a translation on their phone when detected. The app works by identifying a cat sound and linking it to one of 13 pre-set vocalisations, and then producing the equivalent meaning in human language. Phrases include 'Feed me', 'I'm angry', 'Leave me alone' and the one most...
    KANYE West has attacked Gap and accused the company of “canceling a photoshoot” with his kids in Japan.  The rapper and the retailer are known for their Yeezy Gap collaboration, which offers Kanye-designed streetwear at affordable prices. 5Kanye West has hit out at Gap in a new social media rantCredit: Splash 5He accused the brand of cancelling a photoshoot with his kids, whom he shares with his ex Kim KardashianCredit: INSTAGRAM/kimkardashian But in a post shared on Instagram on Wednesday, 45-year-old Kanye continued his rant against Gap as he revealed a screenshot of a text conversation with an unknown participant. In the conversation, Kanye had sent an image of a boy wearing a Gap T-Shirt, and wrote: “This is Gap copying YGEBB”. YGEBB is an acronym for Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balanciaga, a collaboration between the brands. In the caption of the post, Ye then complained: ‘But they canceled the photoshoot with my kids in Japan without me knowing.” Read more Kanye WestLOAD OF GAP Kardashian fans concerned as Kanye slams business partner in scathing postKANYE HELP? Kanye West wants...
    YOUNG adults are being urged to drink more booze in Japan after a plunge in alcohol tax revenues. The government has even launched a bizarre competition asking people to come up with ideas on how to tempt younger people to hit the bottle more. 1Japan is urging young adults to booze moreCredit: Getty It calls for people aged 20 to 39 to come up with "new products and designs" as well as ways to promote drinking at home in a contest titled "Sake Viva!". The country's tax agency is desperate for sales to pick back up as young adults shun drinking over lifestyle changes during the coronavirus pandemic. But Japan's alcohol industry has long suffered failure, with booze consumption plummeting from an average of 100 litres per person a year in 1995 to 75 litres in 2020, according to the tax agency. It also revealed alcohol products accounted for three per cent of the government's tax revenue in 2011, down to just two per cent by 2020. More worlds newsFRIGHT WEDDING I was enjoying honeymoon dip in infinity pool and...
    NAOYA INOUE is back in action TOMORROW as he takes on Nonito Donaire in a mouth-watering bantamweight title rematch. The pair clashed at the World Boxing Super Series 118lbs final back in November 2019, and it was Inoue who came out on top. 1Naoya Inoue beat Nonito Donaire via unanimous decision back in November 2019Credit: AFP But their bout won Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and was a classic that boxing fans will look back on fondly for years. Inoue unified the WBA and IBF titles that night, but since then, Donaire has picked up the WBC strap, beating Nordine Oubaali for that honour. With a lack of opponents offering themselves up to fight Inoue, Donaire, who has been calling for a rematch since, stepped up. And they'll do battle once again in Saitama, Japan, where their special rivalry began. Sport'A RIPE TOMATO' Boxing icon says AJ and Fury aren't 'greats' and haven't 'shown a lot'WALL-IN OTTO Otto Wallin targets Deontay Wilder fight with US star confirming comeback When is Inoue vs Donaire...
    JAPANESE actor Akira Takarada who starred in the original Godzilla film has passed away at 87 years old. Takarada starred in the subsequent five Godzilla films and was asked to make a cameo appearance in the 2014 remake. 2Actor Akira Takarada passed away on March 14, 2022 Who was Akira Takarada? Akira Takarada was 20 years old when he scored the role of Hideto Ogata in the original Godzilla film in 1954. His character was the fearsome sea captain who saves the day alongside Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, played by Akihiko Hirata, who sacrifices himself to save the world. He later went on to do voiceovers including the dubbed 1964 film, Dr. Doolittle, and Disney's Aladdin as the voice of Jafar. Takarada was asked to make a cameo appearance in the 2014 remake of Godzilla and was originally featured as a security guard in the opening scene. READ MORE ON THE US SUNFALLEN STARS A look at the celebrity deaths that have happened so far in 2022LEGEND LOST Godzilla & Disney star dies aged 87 after lengthy Hollywood career The scene...
    LIVERPOOL midfielder Takumi Minamino held the Guiness World Record for receiving the most high-fives in a minute. While playing for Cerezo Osaka in his home country of Japan back in 2014, he managed 187 high-fives in just 60 seconds. 2Minamino set the record seven years ago in Japan 2He is hoping to break his own world record again in the future It was enough to claim the world record, but Minamino's benchmark only lasted two years as Kaiser Permanente San Diego racked up 290 in 2016. Nevertheless, Minamino remembers the event fondly as he recalled it earlier this week. And he even suggested trying to replicate it in his goal celebration. He told the Liverpool club website: “Yes, I held the record for the most high-fives in a minute, but I think it has been broken. “It happened when I played for Cerezo Osaka and it was an event organised by the club for people living in the area, in the town. "About 200 people queued up in a line in a shopping centre and as I was the...
    (CNN)It's the biggest football match in 10 years between two fierce rivals, but Japan's meeting with South Korea appears to be sparking more concern than excitement. Any sporting event between the two countries always has an additional competitive edge given the historical tensions between South Korea and Japan. South Korea fans describe the clash as an historical rivalry, while Japan's national team coach Moriyasu Hajime also acknowledged many people consider it as a "special match," according to JFA news release. Last time the two faced off in an international friendly match in 2011, Japan won 3-0 on home soil.Since then, the rivals have met four times at the East Asian Football Federation Championship, with South Korea winning two of those matches, Japan one of them, with the other game drawn. Read MoreThe South Korean national team is now in Yokohama, Japan, for Thursday's friendly match. However, some South Korean fans have called for the game to be canceled due to concerns over the team's safety traveling amidst of a global Covid-19 pandemic. READ: 'A dark cloud has developed inside of...
    Niall Horan Makes First Public Appearance with Amelia Woolley at His Charity Gala in London Boeing 787 Deliveries Probably Halted to at Least Oct.: DJ The Japanese wrestling icon will bring his distinct intensity and international accolades to this Sunday's 'All Out' in a match against Jon Moxley. View the original article to see embedded media.Satoshi Kojima is coming to All Elite Wrestling. The wrestling icon makes his AEW debut this Sunday at All Out, bringing his distinct brand of intensity and international accolades to a star-studded show in a match against Jon Moxley. “Moxley has earned the respect of wrestling fans around the world, and he’s earned my respect,” said Kojima, speaking to Sports Illustrated through a translator. “To be able to face him is a moment in my career to be proud of.” For all of his accolades, the 50-year-old Kojima has zero interest in feeding his ego. He is too busy being the life of the New Japan Pro-Wrestling locker room, dispensing post-match advice to eager ears of the Young Lions–NJPW’s rookies. For those fortunate enough...
    US airlines activated by Defense Department to to assist with Afghanistan evacuation efforts Latest from Afghanistan: 7 die at Kabul airport, US airlines activated to help evacuation Organizers for the Tokyo Paralympic Games want to allow tens of thousands of schoolchildren to attend the event even as the coronavirus delta variant continues to spread and daily cases continue to rise to new heights.  Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said he wants to move forward with allowing schoolchildren at the Paralympics as long as there is support form parents and schools, the Associated Press reported Sunday. It would include between 130,000-140,000 children, per the report, many of whom are unable to be vaccinated because of age.  The Paralympics begin Tuesday and go through Sept. 5. Approximately 4,400 athletes are expected to participate from 160 countries and territories. Fans, including schoolchildren, were not allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month. The stands were largely made up of competitors, volunteers and organizers.  Tokyo organizers want schoolchildren to see Paralympics © Provided by Yahoo! Sports A wheelchair rugby ball is seen during...
    PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING BIG IN JAPAN ★★★★★ (15) 97mins TURNING any TV comedy into a movie is a gamble. But where Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Ali G Indahouse struggled, People Just Do Nothing is that rare beast — a resounding big-screen triumph. 3Director Jack Clough sticks to the mockumentary style, and long-term fans will love in-jokes thrown in to reward them For the uninitiated, the original BBC Three mockumentary followed inept UK garage crew MC Grindah (Allan Mustafa), DJ Beats (Hugo Chegwin), Steves (Steve Stamp) and Decoy (Dan Sylvester) who run pirate radio station Kurupt FM from a flat in Brentford, West London. The final series ended with the lads, and their renegade manager Chabuddy G (Asim Chaudhry), abandoning dreams of fame and closing the station for good. Now Grindah, still with partner Miche (Lily Brazier), is a postie, Beats works in a bowling alley and Chabuddy G is sleeping in a van when the success they always dreamed about seems to happen overnight. Their single Heart Monitor Riddem has been used on a game show in Japan...
    All fans will be barred from the Paralympics in Japan because of the coronavirus pandemic, just as they were from the recently-completed Tokyo Olympics, organisers said Monday. There were a few exceptions made during the Olympics with some fans allowed in outlying areas away from Tokyo. This time, all fans will be barred except the possibility of some children attending a few unspecified events. Organisers have also asked the public not to come out to view road events. The decision was announced after a meeting with International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons, organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa. The Paralympics open on August 24 with about 4,400 athletes, a far smaller event than the Olympics with 11,000 athletes.  But the Paralympics come as new infections have accelerated in Tokyo, which may expose an athlete population that is more vulnerable to COVID-19.  The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will be held without spectators, organisers have confirmed RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The Olympic Games may have ended but the...
    Takahashi Ran, 19, went viral on Twitter after pulling off a move straight out of sports anime "Haikyuu!!" during a match against Canada. Screengrab/Instagram Fans noticed Olympic rookie Ran Takahashi, 19, during a match with Canada on July 26.  To anime fans' delight, Takahashi pulled off a move seen in "Haikyuu!!," a popular sports anime. The move turned him into a celebrity on Twitter overnight.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A rookie on Japan's men's volleyball team has become an unlikely breakout star.  Fans took notice of collegiate athlete Ran Takahashi, 19, during Japan's match against Canada on July 26. During the match, Takahashi ran up to the net, feigned a spike, then turned it into a quick set to his team captain, Yuki Ishikawa. —yam???? (@hahaparangtanga) July 28, 2021Anime fans were quick to realize that the move was also used by anime characters Atsumu and Osamu Miya in the fourth season of the wildly popular anime, "Haikyuu!!" The move spawned fan pages on Twitter and turned Takahashi into a celebrity overnight, despite being an Olympic rookie relatively unknown in...
    Back to school, in masks? Where guidance is headed for fall 2021 Thanks to a gravitational trick, astronomers observed light from behind a black hole TOKYO — If nothing else, Tennys Sandgren is honest about the position he finds himself in as the last hope for American tennis to avoid being shut out from the medal stand at the these Olympics, something that hasn’t happened since 1920, when no Americans entered the tournament. Sunisa Lee wins gold; Friday features U.S. womens soccer, start of track and field USA TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Officials: 2 dead after Texas chemical plant leak USA TODAY Today in History for July 28th USA TODAY 5 car maintenance tips for the COVID-19 pandemic USA TODAY My First Record: Patti LaBelle USA TODAY How Dixie and Bootleg wildfires in the west may affect the east coast USA TODAY Metro Police officers body cam shows first-hand experience with Jan. 6 rioters USA TODAY CFB...
    (CNN)After a 13-year hiatus, baseball is returning to the Olympics -- although no fans will be there to witness it.It's a particular disappointment for the city of Fukushima, where the Olympics was supposed to celebrate the region's recovery from a nuclear disaster more than a decade ago. Unlike Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture is not currently under a coronavirus state of emergency, but a decision was still made to host the seven games at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium -- six softball and one baseball -- without supporters.That's despite fans being allowed to attend other sporting events outside the Olympics in the region. "We have genuinely dreamed of people all over the world coming to visit Fukushima, and we expected them to find out the attractiveness of Fukushima," Akinori Iwamura, a former Major League Baseball player and now manager of semi-pro baseball side, the Fukushima Red Hopes, tells CNN. Read More"Although we have not recovered our towns fully, we wanted to tell everyone how Fukushima has been rebuilt in the last ten years. It is pretty unfortunate to have no spectators at...
    Olympics organizers in Japan seem poised to lose as much as $3 billion on the games as fans are banned from events shutting off a vital source of revenue in the face of continued worry over the coronavirus. Polls of the Japanese people find little support for the international games, with 83 percent saying they think the Olympics should have been canceled, according to Market Watch. In fact, opposition to the games in the Olympics host city of Tokyo has been consistently negative on the event. On Friday, in a show of how much Tokyo residents oppose the games, a group of hundreds of citizens gathered to march against the games just ahead of the IOC’s opening ceremony. Ryosuke Uematsu/Kyodo News via AP In another indication of just how hard the games are to sell to the people of Japan, Olympic sponsors and Japan-based Toyota announced the cancellation of future Olympics-themed TV commercials there. “It is true that Toyota will not be attending the opening ceremony, and the decision was made considering various factors including no spectators,” a Toyota...
    One of the strangest Olympics in history will get off to an equally unusual start when the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony takes place in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday. Just 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the traditional extravaganza, usually a time of celebration for the host nation. This time around, after a year's pandemic delay, the Japanese public is largely locked out and distrustful of the Games, fearing an influx of infections from the foreign visitors. The ceremony has been pared back to prevent crowding, with the parade of nations, a centerpiece of the show featuring smiling and waving athletes, dramatically reduced. Glimpses of rehearsals witnessed by Tokyo residents suggest a high-tech show including a drone display. Japan's Emperor Naruhito will be chief among the VIPs, along with a smattering of world leaders and senior figures including US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Tokyo 2020 has had a difficult build-up and the opening ceremony is no exception, with a series of sackings of people connected with the...
    US coronavirus: Young people intubated with Covid-19 should be a gigantic wakeup call, Alabama doctor says ‘Nowhere is safe’: heat shatters vision of Pacific north-west as climate refuge One of the strangest Olympics in history will get off to an equally unusual start when the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony takes place in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday. © Behrouz MEHRI Tokyo's Olympic Stadium will be mostly empty for the opening ceremony on Friday Just 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the traditional extravaganza, usually a time of celebration for the host nation. This time around, after a year's pandemic delay, the Japanese public is largely locked out and distrustful of the Games, fearing an influx of infections from the foreign visitors. The ceremony has been pared back to prevent crowding, with the parade of nations, a centrepiece of the show featuring smiling and waving athletes, dramatically reduced. Glimpses of rehearsals witnessed by Tokyo residents suggest a high-tech show including a drone display. Japan's Emperor Naruhito will be chief among the VIPs,...
    First lady Jill Biden is leaving the White House Wednesday for her first solo trip abroad: to attend the Tokyo summer Olympics, despite the rise in COVID-19 cases.   With Tokyo under a state of emergency throughout the duration of the games, Biden and U.S. Embassy Tokyo official Raymond Greene are the only members of the presidential delegation, with Jill Biden designated the leader.  'The President and First Lady want to show the highest level of support for our Olympic Athletes and the Games, while following strict protocols and precautions set by the White House COVID team, the government of Japan, and the Olympics to keep the public, athletes and the delegation safe,' the East Wing said Wednesday morning.  First lady Jill Biden (right) departed the White House Wednesday for her first solo trip abroad: to attend the Tokyo Olympics, despite the rise in COVID-19 cases. Biden is photographed Sunday returning to the White House   Chinese athletes arrive in Tokyo for the Olympic Games at Narita International Airport earlier this week  In Tokyo, Biden will be greeted by Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu...
    Western wildfires prompt evacuations in California, Oregon Todays vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill is dangerously premature At every Olympics prior to this one, you could always count on some strangeness from the fans. This time around, there are no fans, so the animal kingdom is stepping up.  Taking advantage of a loophole in Japan's decision to bar fans from the Games — nobody said anything about animals — a bear has been spotted wandering the grounds near the baseball/softball venue in Fukushima.  "A guard found a bear inside Azuma Sports Park early in the morning [Tuesday]," a Fukushima police spokesman told The Japan Times. "We also received similar information [Wednesday] morning," which was just hours before the first pitch of the Olympics. "We couldn’t find or capture the bear," the spokesman said, "and while there won’t be any spectators at the stadium, we are on alert and searching for the bear around the site." According to the Japan Times, the Asian black bear managed to elude the entire contingent of guards at the facility. Guards played loud music...
    More On: 2020 olympics The Olympics couldn’t have started worse for USWNT Kevin Durant won’t dwell on ‘what ifs’ after Bucks championship Local stars ready to take duel to big Olympics stage USWNT ready for some payback The long-awaited Tokyo Olympics will finally begin Friday with the opening ceremonies at Japan National Stadium. And though the parade of athletes and ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame may offer a sense of normalcy to the proceedings, these Games are sure to be unlike any we’ve seen before. For starters, these are technically the 2020 Summer Olympics, though they are taking place in 2021. Much like everything else in the last year and a half, the coronavirus pandemic has had its way with the Olympic calendar. Despite Japan declaring a state of emergency in Tokyo over a spike in COVID-19 cases — a decision that will forbid foreign fans from attending any events — and the days leading into the Games being pockmarked with athletes testing positive and withdrawing, the Olympics show will go on. Nothing can stop Katie Ledecky...
    Maya Yoshida, the captain of Japan’s men’s national soccer team, urged Olympic organizers to reconsider having fans at the Games even as the country deals with the coronavirus. Yoshida and Japan played Spain in an Olympic tune-up at Kobe City Stadium, located about 25 miles outside Osaka on Thursday, and the presence of fans in the stadium – even while socially distant – begged him to ask the question why fans will not be permitted to attend some of the competitions. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I think a lot of people's tax money is going to hold these Olympics," Yoshida told Japan’s Asahi newspaper. "Despite that, people can't go and watch. So you wonder about who the Olympics is for, and what it is for. Of course athletes want to play in front of fans." Yoshida played the 2020-21 season with Sampdoria of Serie A in Italy. The country allowed fans to return for matches at the end of the season. US ROWING COACH UNDER FIRE FOR ALLEGEDLY CROSSING THE LINE IN VERBAL ALTERCATIONS WITH ATHLETES...
    A stylish new aquatics centre, a 12,000-seat gymnastic arena and a £1 billion state-of-the-art athletics stadium for 60,000 spectators - plus another five newly constructed sporting venues. These were the crown jewels in an Olympic Games that Japan believed would revitalise the nation after 15 years of economic decline and a devastating earthquake and tsunami that had killed 20,000 of its citizens. One million overseas visitors were expected to flock to the capital, sponsors had invested billions and advanced ticket sales showed enthusiasm for the Games nationally.  That was the dream: how very different the reality. Today, the host city is in a state of Covid-19 emergency as infections soar.  The opening ceremony on Friday will take place behind closed doors, and the 43 venues will, when the Games start, be empty of crowds - except for a handful of VIPs - as the world’s elite competitors make their bid for sporting glory. Tokyo's opening ceremony on Friday will take place behind closed doors, and the 43 venues will, when the Games start, be empty of crowds - except for...