The following video of Munenori Kawasaki making some remarks in English after a MLB game has gone viral:
Kawasaki’s teammates, appreciative of his game-winning double, showered him with Gatorade as he tried to read some statements from a little notebook. Unfortunately, the notebook was probably ruined. But Kawasaki seemed to be a good sport about it.
He had a pretty successful career back in Japan, but he gave it up so he could play in the Major Leagues alongside his hero, Ichiro Suzuki. When he made the jump over to America in 2012, he had to sign a minor league contract because the Mariners didn’t consider him good enough. He eventually worked his way up to the majors and got to play for Seattle, achieving his dream of being Ichiro’s teammate. Unfortunately, he didn’t perform well, and was dropped. He’s since moved on to Toronto, where he seems to be having more success.
Bonus clip – Kawasaki dancing in the dugout when he played for Seattle:
In a recent Yukan Fuji article, former Japan national soccer team player Ruy Ramos spoke about his commitment to his country of citizenship. Ramos was born in Brazil and first came to Japan in 1977. He naturalized in 1989. Over the years, he has developed a deep love of this nation.
Here is what he said in the interview:
Roughly translated, it says: “If Japan got into a war, I would fight (for this country). After all, I’m Japanese! Even though I have been Japanese for a short time, I am Japanese!”
Ramos is already 55-years-old, so he’s far too old to enlist in the Self-Defense Forces. If there was a war, he’d probably have no opportunity to fight in defense of Japan. But his remarks have nonetheless drawn some praise from netizens.
Amid all the nationalistic tensions between Japan and its two neighbors, Genki Sudo’s World Order has released a new “PERMANENT REVOLUTION” music video. It appears to have a message of unity and friendship:
For years now, I’ve blogged about Pan-kun, a performing chimpanzee at the Aso Cuddly Dominion Zoo who frequently appears on television. And, for years, readers have left comments on such blog posts predicting that Pan-kun would one day go wild and attack somebody.
Well folks, it happened!
As Pan-kun was being walked off the stage after a performance yesterday afternoon, he suddenly dashed towards a student trainee staff member and attacked her. He didn’t eat her face off, but he did do some pretty bad damage. There were cuts on her forehead, ears, ankles, and back. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where she required stitches and will probably not be getting out for a couple weeks.
Pan-kun was scheduled to retire from performances in April. For obvious reasons, he’s been forced into an earlier retirement. He won’t be doing any more shows, but will still be living at the zoo.