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  1. I keep forgetting about this but Kyushu Pro has been putting out a live youtube show on the first Monday of every month since April called Monday Night Vai. The next show is on October 4th 7:00 JST and is the first round in their "Glocal Tag Tournament" Their main youtube channel is here. You can see most of the Monday Night Vai's here. The Glocal Tag Tournament is sort of following what has been happening throughout the Monday Night Vais: Wrestlers from other promotions have been coming in taking on the Kyushu Pro wrestlers. Dragon Gate, 2AW, Michinoku Pro, Osaka Pro and Ryukyu Dragon Pro all have reps in the tournament which will be the focus of the next three Monday Night Vais.
  2. Not the radio appearance but it looks like this blog post covers some of the same points. https://ameblo.jp/junglekyona/entry-12701354503.html
  3. O-Khan vs ZSJ was a great match. Really different stuff from O-Khan and a match that could probably only been done at Korakuen.
  4. Japan is sort of lifting the (latest) state of emergency that started during July. It will still be up to the prefectures to decide what they want to do but the major event cap will be probably be raised to 10,000 or 50 percent capacity. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210928/p2g/00m/0na/037000c In terms of vaccination, they are currently at 69 percent of adults with one shot and 58 percent fully vaccinated (Yamaguchi is at 74 and 67 respectively).
  5. Founder of LLPW Rumi Kazama has passed away at 55. https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/99a34aa5d622407f212ed8de4ae614d0c2744bc7
  6. Note: They just extended the state of emergency for several areas until the end of September. The government is hoping to vaccinate everyone who is willing by October or November. Judging by this more than a few people are willing. Like in the US, vaccination rates and the process by which people can receive them varies. My smallish prefecture of Yamaguchi tops the country at close to 60 percent done and almost 70 percent with at least one shot. And even then vaccine coupons, which are used to keep track of who got what and when, were sent out at different times by different municipalities in the prefecture. Also at the end of the month the controlling party of the Diet, the Liberal Democratic Party - which is definitely not liberal and kind of democratic in the US sense - will be holding elections for it's new leader who will then become the next Prime Minister. The current Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has declined to run in the party election paving the way for one of these people probably.
  7. In the case of AJPW, they were off for a bit, notably right when cases started rising again towards the end of July.
  8. 1. Yukiko Ueno as the winning pitcher for Japan in the gold medal softball game, 12 years after she did the same in Beijing. 2. A Rui leads Japan to a basketball medal. Not Rui Hachimura but Rui Machida. Machida tied the record for assists in a game but her coach didn't realize it and didn't put her back in the game to break the record - and then she broke the record the next game anyway. Yeah, they got stomped by Team USA in the final but it was a great run. 3. Japan gets it's first table tennis gold in the first ever mixed doubles event and Chinese twitter sort of loses it's mind (of course they went to sweep gold in all the other events). This was also when Mima Ito probably solidified herself as Japan's best ever table tennis player. She'll probably be there in Paris but these Olympics might have been where the path paved by Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa these past fifteen years reached it's apex. 4. The unfortunate end of Kohei Uchimura's Olympic career. Not that Japan's men's gymnastics is in any trouble but it won't be the same for a while. 5. SO many stupid scandals running up to the Olympics, most of which could have been avoided. The fact that they even had an opening ceremony after all that was a minor miracle. 6. Oh, all the new sports were all generally entertaining. And Carissa Moore winning the first ever women's surfing gold was significant on several levels.
  9. Umm..about one of those games...
  10. To be fair, I and those competitors are deep SASUKE nerds so not everyone will enjoy it quite as much. But during lead, any partisan country cheering kind of went out the window for me because it felt more like everyone trying to conquer the wall rather than beat each other.
  11. The hosts will definitely surpass their record of 41 medals at Rio because they will be in the gold medal round for both baseball and the women's team table tennis event. Sport Climbing was interesting. SASUKE (i.e. original flavor Ninja Warrior) competitors on twitter compared watching the almost six hour event to being at a SASUKE taping. And even watching the lead part was like watching SASUKE third stage runs minus the water when people fall. Japan is still in medal contention for both the men's and women's events there. All of the medalists in the women's skateboarding events are under 20 years old so we may be seeing the same faces in Paris..unless today's 3rd graders decide the step up their game.
  12. Japan and the US go into extra innings in baseball and Japan ends it with the sequence every Japanese baseball player has had burned into their brains since youth: bunt to move the runner, base hit, win. You know it's coming but you can't stop it.
  13. The new sports have definitely been a boon to Japan's medal count. They are more than able to pick up medals in the other skateboard event (park) and sport climbing. There was a slight changing of the guard in women's wrestling between Rio and Tokyo though (no Icho, no Tosaka).
  14. With a team fencing gold Japan has now beat it's old record of 16 golds at Athens in '04 and Tokyo '64. Not sure if they have many more coming their way though. Also, the South Korean archer An San leads all athletes with three golds, the first ever archer to do so which she can shove in the faces of the assholes online in South Korea.
  15. Not being respectful are bunches of sore loser Chinese SNS accounts (some are definitely bots) kicking up a fuss about illegal touching of the table and blowing on the ball by the Japanese team. The Olympics: always bringing the world together.
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