The San Francisco-based Japanese diplomat who abused his wife might have received a lighter jail sentence if he showed even a little remorse, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Yoshiaki Nagaya, 33, who lives in San Bruno and works at the Japanese consulate in downtown San Francisco, was sentenced Monday to the maximum one year in San Mateo County Jail after pleading no contest to two domestic violence charges in December. Read More
For the first time in the brief history of the World Baseball Classic, Japan will not be crowned champions.
Puerto Rico used pitching, defense and just enough hitting to scratch out a 3-1 win over the two-time defending champs Sunday at AT&T Park. Read More
San Francisco is indisputably a Giants town.
But Sunday night, baseball fans took over the Orange and Black’s territory for a semifinal game in the World Baseball Classic. Though the Giants didn’t take the field, fan favorite Angel Pagan and his Puerto Rico team helped bring fans to AT&T Park weeks before Opening Day.
“I’m a baseball fan,” said Manny Lopez, 48, of San Francisco. “I’ve been late to work for the Little League World Series.” Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Japan roughed up San Francisco starter Yusmeiro Petit for four runs and six of its 11 hits in four innings, beating the Giants 6-3 on Thursday.
Sho Nakata had three hits, and Takashi Toritani added two hits and two RBIs for Japan, tuning up for its appearance in the World Baseball Classic semifinals in San Francisco on Sunday. Toritani had a two-run double in Japan's three-run second inning. Read More
LONDON — Four years after letting the title slip through his fingers, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura finally won the Olympic gold medal he dreamed of to go with his three world crowns in the all-around gymnastics final Wednesday.
Uchimura left the Beijing Olympics with silver after falling twice from the pommel horse and the apparatus proved his downfall again in the team event here Monday when Japan had to settle for second place. Read More
Ryan Vogelsong can accomplish two things today that seemed out of reach a few years ago when he was toiling in Japan: earn his second straight All-Star bid and pick up his eighth victory of the 2012 season for the Giants.
Vogelsong is scheduled to the take the mound for the Giants when they wrap up a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park. It will be San Francisco’s final appearance in The City before the July 9-11 All-Star break. Read More
Jemile Weeks represented himself well during the traditional Japanese ceremonial first pitch. Then he showed why the A’s are excited to have the young second baseman in the leadoff role.
Weeks had a pair of hits and drove in two runs as the A’s blanked the Yomiuri Giants 5-0 on Sunday in Tokyo. The game is part of the exhibitions against Japanese teams before the A’s and Seattle Mariners play a two-game set to open the regular season Wednesday and Thursday. Read More
Used cars contaminated by radiation from the tsunami-caused meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant are being sold in Japan. Unscrupulous auto dealers reregister them with new license plates. The vehicles were supposed to be destroyed and they cannot be exported because of beefed-up inspections at the buyer nations. One contaminated van resold in Japan was found to emit 110 microsieverts of radiation an hour — the legal limit is only 0.3 microsieverts per hour. Read More
The team of 18 boys from San Mateo’s Little League Majors are back on home turf after a 10-day trip to the sister city of Toyonaka, Japan.
The boys were able to play some baseball during the trip, facing their counterparts in six games and going 3-3 in the series.
“They throw a lot of good sliders and curveballs,” said 11-year-old Alexander Rodrick.
But winning or losing was not important, he said. Read More
WHAT: Two months after the residents of Namie, Japan, evacuated away from the nearby Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, they learned a government computer system had shown they were moving directly into the most-radioactive location.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The Namie scandal is only the newest exposé of the Japanese government’s pattern of endangering its people by covering up the severity of the tsunami-triggered nuclear power plant leaks.