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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Land of the Rising Picket Line

First we exported baseball, very successfully, to Japan. Now, in due course, we have exported The Baseball Player Strike to Japan as well - a country widely respected for its harmonious management-labor relationships and lack of confrontational behavior (such as labor strikes). Apparently, the players union is upset at the possible loss of 100 jobs when two teams, the Kinetsu Buffaloes and the Orix Blue Wave, plan to merge. The merger is driven by millions of dollara (even more in Yen) in team losses. What will Ichiro say?
http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=other/news/AON3502586.htm