Livermore: Japan defeats Pennsylvania for Little League Intermediate crown

August 6, 2013 by Mcclure Whitehurst   comments (0)

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"There were people who said we'd be lucky to get 7,000 people in here ... 40,000 people in a week isn't a bad way to go. There's an economic impact to all that." The winner of Monday's game took home the trophy for Little League's Intermediate Division, a new classification for players ages 11-13. Play features an expanded 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot basepaths, also known as "50/70." Collier Township beat host team Pleasanton National in the third round of the series. Pleasanton National, the District 57 representative, finished 2-2 for the tournament after opening the series with a 12-0 win over Michigan as Evan Wolfe pitched a perfect game. Kitatami said his team will visit the governor of Osaka to celebrate, adding that his players felt right at home in Livermore; the team was http://blog.bitcomet.com/post/3716094/ even treated to bowls of steamed rice by local Japanese women.
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Japan, Pennsylvania teams battle it out for Little League Intermediate crown

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing public funds to increase returns as part of measures to revive the economy's fortunes. His growth strategy seeks to mobilize Japan's enormous public savings, such as GPIF and the civil servants' pension fund. The civil service federation's decision, expected around autumn, also shows the influence of the giant GPIF. Although the broader fund only tweaked its investment strategy, its enormous financial firepower means a potentially big slowdown in investors' purchases of government debt, which is now being bought in massive amounts by the Bank of Japan as part of its aggressive monetary easing. "The federation is expected to change the portfolio model that is heavily weighted to clicking here domestic bonds," one of the sources told Reuters.
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Volume was about 24 percent below the 30-day intraday average. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average dropped 1.4 percent to 14,064.16. Stocks are being sold because of the stronger yen, said Naoki Fujiwara, chief fund manager at Shinkin Asset Management Co. Ltd., which oversees the equivalent of $6.5 billion. Otherwise there are no particular catalysts. will end bond-buying.
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After renditions of the Japanese and U.S. national anthems, the teams took continue reading this.. the field to a raucous ovation. For players from the other tournament teams looking on, all bets seemed to be on Japan. "It's baseball, so anything can happen, but I think Japan is going to crush them," said Michigan catcher Mike Alkema. "They're flawless." By the top of the seventh inning, the Japanese team was dominating play, leading by 9-0.
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