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New York Daily News - Jan 12 1:27 AM
ABDUCTION: THE MEGUMI YOKOTA STORY Documentary about a Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies. At Cinema Village (1:25). Not rated. In Japanese with subtitles.
Under the Sands of Iwo Jima 
Washington Post - Jan 12 1:30 PM
"Letters From Iwo Jima" is a necessary movie; too bad it's not a great movie.

India must help rein in nuclear rogues: Japan 
Hindustan Times - Jan 10 1:52 PM
Japanese Ambassador to India Yasukuni Enoki on Wednesday said that in case the Nuclear Suppliers' Group accepts India's status as a nuclear power, India will be expected to cooperate to ensure "bad boys" like North Korea and Iran are kept out.

Boys are best 
Daily News - Jan 11 12:32 PM
TEAM EFFORT : St. Sylvester's College, Kandy, emerged as winners of the National Productivity Award 2005, in the school sector held by the Ministry of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment. The school was presented with the award at the BMICH on December 20.

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Australian rules football in Japanesse Boys Japan
A Japanese player gets a Japanes Boys kick away despite close attention from a Vietnamese Japanees Boys opponent. From the Samurai's 2006 tour of Australia
Governing body AFL Japan
National team Japan
First played 1910, Tokyo
Registered players 575 (total)
575 (adult)
Clubs 15
 - Tokyo Japnese Boys Open League
 - Tokyo University League
 - Japan Osaka Australian Football League
 - Nippon Jappanese Boys Australian Football League
Audience records
Single match 25,000 (1986). Japanse Boys Carlton v. Hawthorn (Yokohama Stadium, Kanagawa)

Australian rules football in Japan is a team and spectator sport which dates Japannese Boys back to 1910.


  • 1 History Japanee Boys of Aussie Rules in Japan
  • 2 Participation
  • 3 Audience
    • 3.1 Attendance Apanese Boys Record
  • 4 Governing Body
  • 5 National Team
  • 6 Leagues Japaese Boys Japamese Boys & Competitions
  • 7 References
  • 8 External Japanesee Boys Links

History Japnaese Boys of Aussie Rules in Japan

Australian rules football was Jpanese Boys first introduced to Japan in 1910 by a A. W. McLean from Melbourne. He was successful in introducing it as a sport to four large high schools in Tokyo by having the rules translated into Japanese. It is not known what happened to the sport after that time.

Interest was rekindled when, in 1986, the VFL sent two teams to Japan in an effort to encourage the international recognition of the sport. Hawthorn and Carlton played an exhibition match in Tokyo in front of a mix of expatriat Australians and locals.

The following year saw Hawthorn take on Essendon in the second 'Aussie Bowl'. The curtain raiser for this match was played by a make-shift team of Japanese university students. The nation's two most famous private universities scraped together teams of inexperienced Japanese boys to play Japan's first "real" footy match of the 1980s. The two teams, Keio and Waseda, are arch rivals in almost every sport - creating for a classic rivalry along the lines of Carlton v. Collingwood.

That match was the birth of the Japanese Australian Football Association (JAFA). Those two universities still play a large part, together with another private university, Senshu University. Together they came to form the "Japan Samurais".

The Tokyo Goannas formed in November 1991. Their aims were to publicise and promote Australian football in Japan, arrange games on a regular and more organised basis.

There is a league competition and regular one-off games, including the Qantas Cup (a Goannas intra-club, Victoria vs. The Rest Of The World match) and the Ned Kelly Cup (a "Combined Rules" match against the Irish). As well as playing in Japan, the Goannas have disturbed the peace of Hong Kong and Singapore and JAFA has sent a national team to take part in the Arafura Games in Darwin in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001, the Narita Cup and later the Australian Football International Cup in 2002 and 2005.

Expansion in 2006 saw a rival league to the Japan AFL, the Nippon Australian Football League (formerly the Australian Football League Kansai Japan) emerge.[1] The league has since governed both the Australian Football League Tokui Japan and the Australian Football League Kansai Japan covering some of the regions further south of Tokyo including the cities of Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka. Both the JAFL and NAFL expressed the desire to represent Japan in international matches, however the AFL has stated that only one team can represent a country at the International Cup.


In 2004, Japan had four leagues, including a women’s league, with more than 500 registered players around the country competing in league competition and other games. Some 83 per cent of the registered players are Japanese nationals.[2]


Attendance Record

  • 25,000 (1986). Carlton v. Hawthorn (Yokohama Stadium, Kanagawa)

Governing Body

The governing body for the sport in Japan is AFL Japan

National Team

The national team is the Samurai

Leagues & Competitions

  • Tokyo Open League
  • Tokyo University League
  • Japan Osaka Australian Football League
  • Japan Women's Footy


  1. ^ http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.html/20061123001257369 Interview with President of Nippon AFL
  2. ^ http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.html?story=20050301073931568 World Footy Census 2004 - Asia

External Links

  • Video of University vs Osaka Dingos from YouTube
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