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I Live For the J-League: Week 12 20 May 2007

Posted by jlap in J-League.
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They are nearing the halfway stage of the 2007 J-League season and there is still all to play for.

Gamba Osaka began the weekend on top of the J-League 1 table and defeated surprise package Kashiwa Reysol 2-1 in a turgid affair. Defending champions Urawa Reds moved up to second with a late winner scored by their talismanic striker Washington.

Lower down the table Albirex Niigata and Kashima Antlers could not separate themselves after a 1-1 draw left both sides midtable on 17 points. Oita Trinita pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with a shock 2-0 win over title challengers Kawasaki Frontale. Ueslei helped himself to a hat-trick in Sanfrecce’s 3-1 win over JEF United.

At the bottom, Omiya Arduja defeated Yokohama FC 1-0 in a relegation six-pointer.

Results: Gamba 2-1 Kashiwa, Albirex 1-1 Kashima, Grampus 1-2 Urawa, Oita 2-0 Kawasaki, JEF United 1-3 Sanfrecce, Omiya 1-0 Yokohama FC, Ventforet 0-0 Shimizu, Jubilo 2-3 Vissel, Yokohama F. Marinos 0-1 FC Tokyo

Goals in the league since I began tracking (by nationality):
Brazil 11
Japan 9
Norway 1


Weekly Stories of Interest 20 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Bribery, Commercial Patriotism, Crime, Dostoevsky Would Be Proud, Manga.
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rena.jpgA 17-year-old student and two others were arrested after leaking sections of the Weekly Shonen Sunday and Weekly Shonen Jump in a bid to gain respect on 2chan. This would be far from the first case of someone doing something stupid on the internet to impress people they will never meet. (¬_¬) [Daily Yomiuri]

The former mayor of Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, Koichi Nakamoto, was found to have colluded with former assembly speaker Takashi Sakai in a land deal which lost the city 100 million yen and while boosting their own bank accounts. It just wouldn’t be a week in Japanese politics without some scandal involving retired politicians would it? [The Asahi Shimbun]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spearheaded a change in the Basic Education Law which mandates instilling patriotism in the nation’s youth.  Toby Keith looks down on this approach which lacks the commercially-motivated songs required to start the Japanigasm. [BBC]

Tell me if you’ve seen this before. Kid stops going to school, beheads own mother without remorse, walks to police station with head in a duffel bag and blames the movies and books he had been reading. Um…yeah way to take personal responsibility, kid. [Mainichi Daily News]