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Hideki Matsuyama held on for a one stroke victory in the Masters, the first ever major championship for a Japanese man. Veteran Washington Post sports columnist Tom Boswell explains why closing out an international victory is such a struggle for Japanese athletes:

For decades, I have watched the way the press from Japan obsessively covers its athletes, especially in golf and baseball, sports in which it shares a common, profound passion with America. You have to see it to believe it. It is adoration and judgment, celebrity and imminent disgrace, the highest honor and profound loss of face, pressed close against each other.

A dozen or dozens of reporters and photographers will follow just one player from Japan, reporting his (or her) every move day after day, sometimes month after month. No doubt, the royals in Great Britain have it worse for ludicrous levels of scrutiny over trivialities and flaws. But for many years, whenever a player from Japan has been in contention at any major, especially the Masters, everywhere he looked he would see a moving mass of photographers and reporters from his country.

What was different this year? Because of the pandemic, there were strict limits on press access — in number and proximity. You might as well have banned a firing squad, especially for the shy Matsuyama.

“Being in front of the media is still difficult,” Matsuyama said this week. “It’s not my favorite thing to do, to stand and answer questions. And so with fewer media, it’s been a lot less stressful for me, and I’ve enjoyed this week.” …

Japan’s infatuation with golf ignited after a televised competition in 1957, when top pros Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono beat Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret in the Canada Cup, with Nakamura winning individual honors by seven shots. In a sport dominated by Americans, Japan had competed in an international competition and won handily.

… In 1980 at the U.S. Open, I followed for four days as Isao Aoki, a Hall of Famer, went head-to-head with Jack Nicklaus in the same group. “Jack’s Back!” was the headline from that two-shot win over Aoki. But Nicklaus had to set a U.S. Open scoring record to hold him off.

From that day, Japan, its players, its press and its public has waited and hoped for the country’s first winner of a men’s major.

There are four major championships per year in golf (and in tennis).

It has been a long 41 years.

How many microscopes has Matsuyama been under for the past 10 years as he finished in the top 10 in seven majors but frequently showed nerves? Few players, even excellent ones, can suddenly find it in themselves and their games to win “out of nowhere.” But Matsuyama, despite his long drought, just did it. …

On Sunday, everything did not come together for Matsuyama. In fact, things almost came apart, both early and late. That makes his win more admirable, not less. …

Hideki Matsuyama, who spent Saturday’s rain delay playing games on his phone in his car, did not ask to be a symbol of his golf-loving nation’s quest for a major champion. But when the moment came, he was equal to it — by one shot. If your heart is kind, give a thanks for that.

 
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  1. The description of Japan as a golf-loving nation is more than twenty years out of date, I am afraid.

    In the 1990s I used to think there were only two kinds of Japanese – those who played golf, and those who wanted to play golf. Male and female, young and old.

    That has gone now. You are very unlikely to hear a typical Japanese talk about or express interest in golf.

    Around 1985, an American acquaintance said to me “most people`s impressions of other countries are decades out of date.”

    Maybe due to better communications, the time lag has got smaller, but it clearly still exists.

  2. The name Matsuyama means “Pine Mountain”. He has the opportunity of endorsement deals in California (2), North Carolina, and Upper Michigan. They all look pretty isolated, perfect for our Hideki:

    https://www.pinemountainlake.com/location-and-facts/
    https://pinemountainclub.net/web/pages/direction/maps
    https://www.discoverburkecounty.com/all-attractions/pine-mountain-golf-course/
    https://www.pinemountainresort.com/

  3. Cortes says:

    The domestic press coverage aspect must be a significant factor in performance levels of high-profile Japanese sportsmen. A “corps” of almost presidential size used to show up for appearances by great nidfielder

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunsuke_Nakamura

    even for training sessions. And the extravagantly gifted young forward Minamino may have been wilting a little following his transfer to then European and World Champions Liverpool, hence the decision to farm him out to lower-profile Southampton for a while.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  4. On another note regarding another (part) Asian golf player. Another Major has gone by and no win for Eldrick. The Golden Bear’s 18 career Majors record is looking safer and safer.

    TICK, TICK, TICK.

  5. Most Japanese “secretly” believe they are the best at everything, but some odd force of the universe prevents them actually achieving that happy result.

  6. @auld alliance

    Also something to bear in mind: Most Americans could care less about 99% of other nations, least of all Japan. And of course for centuries, Japan, partly due to its cultural isolation from the rest of the world, actively encouraged the confusion, obfuscation, as well as an overall less than complete knowledge regarding its nation.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @AnotherDad
  7. But Tiger is still the first Asian, right?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  8. Uh oh.

    • Replies: @peterike
    , @Anon
  9. You are very unlikely to hear a typical Japanese talk about or express interest in golf.

    You’re unlikely to hear a typical American express an interest in golf. The Masters is the most popular event but even that only draws an audience of about 10 milion on the final day. And how many of them are constantly channel-surfing?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  10. Clyde says:

    You know how the Japanese pronounce golf? — Gorufu — But they are golf addicts or used to be.

    Lots of driving ranges there for their much put upon salary men to practice and to blow off steam. Where is the South Korean male golf hero winning major tournaments? The Koreans have the big consumer tech reputation over the Japanese. Who ever hears about Sony anymore? Samsung has replaced Sony, though a friend bought a Samsung sound bar last week. Had to return it because one speaker was defective. He bought a JBL one which is an American company. I would have gone with a cheap Vizio

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Alfa158
  11. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Don’t live your life celebrating another’s failures. Is that one of Jordan Peterson’s rules for life?

  12. Clyde says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I hold the Nips in high regard for undisclosed and esoteric reasons. They are not idiots over there and their IQ is higher than Chinese, any day of the week. Easily. Yes they were beastly hypnotized robots during World War Two.
    You see the Royal Family in England in the news. All high ranking English and their Aristos want to be as Royal adjacent as possible. This confers honor. In Japan this was 20 times more intense for centuries and leading up to WW2. And look how England and Japan are island nations. Sea faring nations. But then the Vikings were too.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  13. @Clyde

    YE Yang of South Korea beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 PGA.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  14. @Henry's Cat

    But Jimmy Carter was the last President who wasn’t a regular golfer at some point in his life, and before him Harry Truman.

    Biden claims to be a single digit handicap player.

  15. AndrewR says:
    @Clyde

    Lol your reasons can’t be very personal, or state secrets, so please disclose them.

    Japan is a fascinating land. I’m glad we tamed them. Visiting Japan today is magical in so many ways. I went in 2011 and was looking forward to going back for the Olympics. Oops…

    Tokyo is the only city I could even imagine visiting during the Olympics.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  16. Neoconned says:

    Arigato Hideki-chan!!

  17. AndrewR says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Golf is an interesting sport. I was 12 years old when Tiger first won the Master’s. I was almost 35 the last time he won it, which is an age that would make you an old man in most pro sports. I guess Lebron is still tearing it up but I hate him and I don’t follow the NBA at all. I hope Tom Brady gets another ring, and I hope Tiger pulls off another Major win.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    , @anonymouseperson
  18. Neoconned says:
    @auld alliance

    Because NEETs & Japanese stagnation?

  19. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer

    But Jimmy Carter was the last President who wasn’t a regular golfer at some point in his life, and before him Harry Truman.

    President Harry Truman’s exercise was taking his brisk morning constitutional. Reporters who could keep up with him could ask questions, but not in an intrusive harassing way.

    The Daily Schedule Of President Harry S. Truman
    https://www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com/guide/the-daily-schedule
    On the advice of his physician, President Truman started his morning with a shot of bourbon, followed by a large glass of orange juice. After his morning “medicine,” Truman would take a brisk walk around the compound, usually with the secret service and staff in tow. The prescribed walk spanned ten blocks at….

  20. Any update on the curent number of black American professional golfers?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  21. @Cortes

    Ichiro Suzuki seemed pretty fireproof.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @Captain Tripps
  22. sb says:
    @Steve Sailer

    To this non American US Presidents always seem to be golfers whereas leaders of other Anglo countries rarely play the game

    I can’t think of a UK Prime Minister post WW2 who played golf . Maybe polo was more popular. Tories liked equestrian sport .Lefties seem to avoid sport unless watching soccer to show their plebian credentials counts . I think Boris Johnson plays tennis though

    Can think of only one Australian PM post WW2 who seriously played golf ( Bob Hawke-who was very sporty )A number were fairly outdoorsy but preferred aquatic pursuits .Offhand I’d say that it is more common for an Australian to have handled a golf club than an American .

    Don’t know about the other countries

  23. dearieme says:
    @sb

    Super Mac played golf. Alec Hume was the only PM to play First Class cricket. Ted Heath was a yachtsman.

    As far as I know only Churchill had been a polo player.

  24. dearieme says:

    The Japanese rugby team put up a fine display at the last World Cup.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Twinkie
    , @Stebbing Heuer
  25. @Henry's Cat

    25-year-old Cameron Champ, who has won 3 times on Tour and looks promising, looks white but his grandfather is highly black and his father is clearly part black.

    Harold Varner III, age 30, is a normal African American. He’s won once in Australia.

    Between 1961 and 1985, five blacks won on Tour, although none in majors. Each one would make for an interesting biopic. For example, Lee Elder was the chauffeur for America’s most legendary professional gambler, Titanic Thompson, who’d say to local country club rich guys: “Hell, my chauffeur could beat you at golf! Boy! Stop polishing my Rolls and listen up: You wanna try your hand at golf?”

    “Why, yassa, I’ve alway’s had a hankering to try this here golf game you play.”

    But that was when a lot of pro golfers had started out as caddies. The total number of caddies has fallen off dramatically, and the percentage of black caddies has dropped sharply now too. Today the typical Tour caddie was the best friend on the college golf team of the pro.

  26. The nyt/wa po headline I posted yesterday….”Asian Wins Tournament at Georgia Bastion of White Supremacy While Being Followed by White Men Carrying Clubs.”

    • LOL: George Taylor
    • Replies: @HallParvey
  27. anon[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @auld alliance

    ok last last year 2020 golf was not so hot in Japan because racism. but still very popular in-country,

    https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/tournament/jlpgatour/2020

  28. @The Alarmist

    No, because Tiger is ‘black’ like Kamala Harris is ‘black’. You aren’t taking Tiger and his accomplishments away from the blacks any more than you’re taking away VEEP from blacks and handing it to Brahman Indians or East Jamaicans..

    Silly man.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  29. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:

    Takuma Sato is the current Indy 500 winner. He won last year and in 2017. He races for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.


    Letterman and Sato

    • Replies: @mmack
  30. peterike says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Posting anything from Eric Dingle-Fraud should get you banned from this site.

  31. ex-banker says:

    Came across this picture of Cameron Champ from the 2017 Walker Cup, where you can hardly see that he’s bi-racial:

    The 2017 U.S. Walker Cup keeps getting more and more ridiculous:Collin MorikawaWill ZalatorisScottie SchefflerCameron ChampMaverick McNealyDoc RedmanDoug Ghim pic.twitter.com/w9vlN586wZ— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) April 12, 2021

    The story of his grandfather teaching him the game rings true, but his more recent embrace of BLM (he wore shoes earlier with “Breonna Taylor” and “Jacob Blake” written on them) seems more like a Nike-inspired PR campaign. His playing style seems ill-suited to the Masters, but he played decently this week.

  32. I thought Tiger was a twofer for that. After all, Kamala is Black/Asian depending on the community being pandered to. Oh, and Indian. A threefer.

  33. Barnard says:
    @AndrewR

    After the car accident he just had, Tiger will be lucky to be to walk 18 holes within two years. The oldest major winner in history is 46 and that is what Tiger will be when the next Masters is held. His body was seriously beat up before the accident and he hadn’t been in contention at a major since the 2019 Masters win. He might not ever play in another major again, there is no chance he wins one.

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Pontius
  34. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Also something to bear in mind: Most Americans could care less about 99% of other nations, least of all Japan. And of course for centuries, Japan, partly due to its cultural isolation from the rest of the world, actively encouraged the confusion, obfuscation, as well as an overall less than complete knowledge regarding its nation.

    America had the most incredible advantage of a resource rich land protected by two oceans. Once we squared the border with the Mexicans and Canadians we had the opportunity to build our own idyll without worrying too much about the trials and tribulations of other less fortunate foreign peoples. As a great power that isolation wasn’t going to be perfect, but we still had something pretty unique and special and precious.

    I used to explain this to foreign students–“we’re the ‘Big Island’”.

    Then our “genius” verbalist “elites” decided the highest priority was wrecking that by bringing the foreigners and their squabbles and disfunction right into your neighborhood.

    This cultural and linguistic isolation of the Japanese from America is a boon. It’s very, very hard–ok, completely impossible–to avoid being affected by America. But the further a nation is removed from the effluent of the great minoritarian propaganda machine the better chance of survival it has.

    If Japan can avoid taking advice from “America”–i.e. the parasites in charge of America today–avoid the relentless minoritarianism and immigrationism (and deploy the nuclear deterrent it needs), then it’s population will bottom out sometime this century as the “breeder” genes win out, and it will enjoy a bright future of being Japanese.

    I wish such a simple path for American survival existed.

  35. @Steve Sailer

    There are black professional golfers in various Caribbean islands. Although they don’t play on the PGA tour, they make a living giving lessons, selling golf balls, and sometimes teaching sports in schools.

    Kim Swan played college golf in the US and played on the European tour for a couple of years. He later became a leading politician.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Swan

  36. 68W58 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Pine Mountain golf course in North Carolina is close to me and I’ve played it. It really should have been built as a nine hole course, but as it is, it is a par 68 of probably less than 4000 yards with six par threes (one is less than 100 yards). In the 1970s a group built Pine Mountain Lakes as a resort in the middle of nowhere, but it never really took off. Matsuyama might break 50 playing it. I’ve driven the green on two of the par fours and one par five is about 440 yards. It’s tight and some of the greens have an ungodly amount of break, but he’d murder the course.

  37. Gamecock says:

    I was happy to see Matsuyama win. He is a journeyman player, with a distinct style.

    I couldn’t care less about what race he is.

    Did you see Nick Faldo’s translation of the Japanese reporters’ description of Matsuyama’s play of the 9th? I laughed for 5 minutes. I hope the Committee doesn’t ban him from future coverage.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  38. Anon[231] • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Eric Feigl-Ding
    @DrEricDing
    2) India crisis is also due to mixed messages and complacency, writes @AmyKazmin.

    Fagle ding, fagle dong, fagle ding-a-ling-a-ling.

    From Wikipedia:

    The sudden rise of Feigl-Ding as a leading TV and media commentator upon the COVID19 pandemic has lead to criticisms. As of March 2020, Feigl-Ding had not published any academic papers in infectious disease epidemiology, the epidemiological subfield relevant to COVID-19.

    He has thus been critized by infectious disease epidemiologists and other medical commentators on COVID-19, who argue he makes sensationalistic claims and is unqualified to offer commentary on the disease due to his lack of relevant professional experience.

    Feigl-Ding’s wife is Austrian and some places online uses “Feigl-Ding,” but at least on her Twitter account she used just Andrea Feigl (she deleted her account and its incriminating tweets after criticism of the family’s fleeing to Austria to ride out Covid).

    I can’t imagine adopting a stupid name like Feigl-Ding. What were his motives? Do you have to do that now in academia to have any chance at tenure? Is it a cuck thing to hyphenate your last name while your wife doesn’t? How does the hyphenating work among the PMC elite the next generation down? Are they Feigl-Ding also? Just Ding? When they get married are they McDonald-Ding, McDonald-Feigl-Ding, or Cortez-McDonald-Feigl-Ding?

  39. @Buffalo Joe

    The nyt/wa po headline I posted yesterday….”Asian Wins Tournament at Georgia Bastion of White Supremacy While Being Followed by White Men Carrying Clubs.”

    The nyt/wa po headline I posted yesterday….”Asian Wins Tournament at Georgia Bastion of White Supremacy While Being Chased by White Men Armed with Clubs.”

    Better?????LOL

  40. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up about Tiger playing golf again. His medical condition is more secret than the nuclear launch codes. The LA Sheriff said Tiger was going 85 in a 45 zone, and CDAN said there was a pill bottle in the back seat. Tiger will be lucky to be able to walk again.

  41. Anon[371] • Disclaimer says:
    @dearieme

    The Japanese rugby team put up a fine display at the last World Cup.

    You mean the black/Maori team with one Japanese guy? What are the rules there? Baseball teams just have the one foreign player in Japan, and the nascient basketball teams also have just one.

    • Replies: @Cowboy Shaw
  42. Gamecock says:

    The win will symbolize a great racial victory for some Japanese. Satisfying a hundred year grudge. Japan was slighted in the Treaty of Versailles and the Washington Naval Treaty. WWII was very much about race to the Japanese.

    Unlike the German’s abrasive claim that Germans were superior to everybody else, Japan’s belief was that they were the EQUAL of whites. A rational belief.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Cowboy Shaw
  43. Zpaladin says:

    Steve,
    Who do you think would win head to head in 18 rounds, Trump or Biden? Are there any reliable reports of their handicaps or have they been playing friendly games against sycophants for too long to give a good guess?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @anonymous
  44. Matttt says:
    @auld alliance

    What is the most popular sport in Japan these days, then? From just a quick googling, it looks like baseball and soccer are the most-watched sports (followed by figure skating), but what is the most played sport? I would guess baseball, but that’s really only a wild guess.

    By the way, it looks like football is the most watched sport in the U.S., and basketball is the most played. That’s a little surprising to me. I would have guessed soccer is the most played – everyone played at least one season as a child.

  45. Cortes says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Thanks.

    He had a great career. The guys on this list

    https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/024e-0e9966a5662a-0529e81a7579-1000–who-are-japan-s-most-successful-players-in-europe/

    are or were terrific players. Nakata and Nakamura apart, they seemed to be restricted to cameo appearances, quite often due to concerns about coping with the physical strains. The cynic in me suspects that merchandising may have been as important as sporting skills in some signings and team/substitute selections….Not with Minamino. Maybe he’ll grow into a big-club player. I hope so.

  46. Have you heard the one about the Portuguese, the Norwegian, the Scot, the Uruguayan, and the Korean? Thought not.

    At yesterday’s crucial soccer game between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United had what look like a perfectly good goal chalked off, because in the buildup the Scot McTominay had apparently hit the Korean, known as Son or Sunny in the mouth.

    Son was left rolling theatrically on the ground.

    However having watched the video several times, it appears that Son first fouled McTominay by grabbing at his shirt and that McTominay angrily brushed away his arm catching him in the mouth.

    This event led to post match recriminations between the Portuguese and Norwegian managers that included strong racial overtones. There were also reports that Son, who is a very popular chap in North London–he is a big star–was racially abused on social media for being a cheating, Korean … Fill in the blanks as you will.

    The most interesting outcome though was the following interview in which Son appeared to be deeply depressed, ostensibly about losing the game, but one wonders if he was also ashamed of being caught cheating.

  47. Clyde says:
    @AndrewR

    I dabble in Shingon Buddhism, their fast Heart Sutra recitation. It sharpens the mind. And from your posts here I would have never guessed you had a Japan interest and fascination. More power to ya! at your younger age than mine. The Japanese sure know how to keep Japan pure for the Japanese. Though they do a wink and a nod at small numbers of legal/illegal immigrants to work in their automobile plants, restaurants and in construction.

    My car is a Honda (made in Japan) because I trust them to deliver a Nipponese high quality product, plus they are always perfecting their gas and diesel engines from automobiles & trucks, motorcycles, down to lawn mowers. They are not nearly as involved in electric cars as Toyota and others. I don’t like EVs though hybrids make some sense in Japan’s stop and go traffic in and near urban areas. Pre-Covid at least.

    • Troll: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @AndrewR
  48. @Steve Sailer

    The PGA Tour is agonizingly White for the woke crowd, Steve. How long before they break up the evil cabal of Whiute golfers and DEMAND that caddies be black? It would be cool to see Justin Thomas and Spieth and a few of the others that have never been around blacks their entire lives/careers (which is why they’re so successful) be forced to take a black caddy.

    Also, hilarious the week after his sensitivity indoctrination after a mic picked him up saying ‘you faggot’ after missing a putt, Justin Thomas won the Player’s. Shortest interview of a winner, ever.

  49. @Jonathan Mason

    Son was probably traumatised by the Norwegian’s claim that he should be starved.

  50. Twinkie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    YE Yang of South Korea beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 PGA.

    Yup.

    Currently there are 5 ethnic East Asians among top 50 male PGA players:

    4. Collin Morikawa
    14. Hideki Matsuyama
    20. Sungjae Im
    35. Kevin Na
    47. Si Woo Kim

    For women 24 are ethnically East Asian among the top 50 (plus 3 Thais and 1 Hmong/Laotian). Of the 24, 17 are Koreans.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  51. @sb

    Harold Wilson played golf.

    Thatcher did not play sports, but she would have played to win.

    I think British prime ministers have stayed away from golf because in Britain it is perceived as an elitist sport, and British Prime Ministers like to be seen as a man or woman of the people.

    They can’t really be an enthusiastic soccer fan, except of the national team, because club rivalries cross party lines.

    Also see below for sporting Prime Ministers.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/Lsuu1QCmGYhp4MWg9

  52. Twinkie says:
    @dearieme

    The Japanese rugby team put up a fine display at the last World Cup.

    Japan gets almost all its Olympic medals in four sports: Judo, wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming.

  53. Alfa158 says:
    @Clyde

    I’m pretty sure all three brands are made in China or an Asian country with even lower labor costs.
    Might even be the same plant. Last year my surround sound receiver died and I bought a Dolby Atmos receiver to replace it. While researching I noticed most of the receivers were almost identical in appearance, controls and interface. It turned out several brand names were in fact owned by the same company, but even the ones that weren’t, were almost indistinguishable. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is basically that one factory in Malaysia my Pioneer came from cranking out audio receivers on contract for half of all the brand names, and with different labeling and minor changes to to distinguish them.
    It makes economic sense in terms of design, manufacturing and logistical efficiency as opposed to everyone doing their own and it’s not just electronics. The ice maker in my refrigerator died and I saw when buying the replacement part that effectively, about 90% of refrigerators with ice makers use the same model from the same supplier. The assembly has optional mounting bracket locations and water feed spouts to accommodate all the freezer configurations.
    The new Toyota Supra sports car is made in Germany by BMW and uses the mechanicals of the BMW Z sports cars because it is more efficient than the two companies duplicating the engineering and production tooling expenses.

    • Replies: @epebble
    , @Clyde
  54. @Steve Sailer

    And that guy who played for the Yankees et al they called “Godzilla”, Hideki Matsui. Had a pretty darn good pro career in Japan and the USA; combined 507 HRs and career combined .293 BA. But then you get guys like Hideo Nomo, Yu Darvish, Kosuke Fukudome, who seem promising on paper…

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
    , @Buffalo Joe
  55. mmack says:

    Steve,

    Takuma Sato has won two Indianapolis 500s. The first in 2017, the second last year:

    He’s the first Japanese driver to win in IndyCar, and the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. Over his career in IndyCar he’s scored six race wins in total. I remember in 2017 there was a minor dust up when some columnist wondered if it was acceptable that a Japanese driver won the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend.

    Always with Pearl Harbor.

    And to tie it back to your post, from his IndyCar.com page (https://www.indycar.com/Series/IndyCar-Series/Takuma-Sato):

    Has developed a passion for golf after attending several sponsor golf outings. He now has a set of custom clubs.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  56. @Jonathan Mason

    Prince Charles was depicted as walking alongside Sir Faldo or one of those in A Good Walk Spoiled, back in the 90s, but it covered a pretty good spread of history, Feinstein wrote it. The British golfers that made good were considered men of the people in Britain as much as the Japanese for Hedekai or whatever his name is. The whole golf gig STARTED in Britain/Scotland after all and the British Open Tourney is as egalitarian as it gets. I’d bet the little people throughout Great Britain play as much golf as we do here. The Japanese? Ever see their 7-decker driving ranges? Truly only the elites get to play golf on big-boy courses in Japan, they don’t have room.

  57. @Jonathan Mason

    Working the refs for fouls has always been a part of soccer. If you did what Son did — engage in theatrics to get an advantage — and succeed, well, good for him, though be prepared for a tsunami of ridicule.

    In soccer, certain players get reputations for theatricality, especially diving in the penalty are to get a penalty kick. Luis Suarez was like that, to the point where even if he WAS fouled actually, the refs would ignore it.

    No it’s the shrewd player who works hard to stay upright in or outside the penalty area and who is know for great skill and balance, but who, at JUST the right time, takes the dive to get the penalty kick or the close in free kick that wins the game.

    Son by the way is arguably the greatest Korean soccer player of all time. Extremely skilled, supremely athletic, not known for simulation. It was a good tactical move at the time.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  58. They hold the best non-E. African time for marathons
    https://www.worldathletics.org/records/all-time-toplists/road-running/marathon/outdoor/men/senior

    took silver in 4×100 sprint relays at Rio.

    Their descendants in America formed the most decorated unit in US military history
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/442nd_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States)

    And who else can put it better—

    Herrigel schrieb 1944 über das Ethos des Samurai: So verstehen wir unseren tapferen Bundesgenossen im fernen Osten doch in allem Wesentlichen, wie es für uns wie für ihn heiligste Überzeugung ist, daß, nach einem tiefen Wort Hölderlins, für das Vaterland noch keiner zu viel gefallen ist.

    Herrigel wrote in 1944 about the ethos of the samurai: In all essence of how we understand our brave allies in the Far East, as it is for us and for him the most sacred conviction that, after the deepest words from Hölderlin, there is no sacrifice too great for the fatherland.

    Eugen Herrigel, author of Zen in the Art of Archery; NSDAP member
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Herrigel

    They were grateful for America’s magnanimous post-War treatment and chance for rapid economic growth. But was shocked when Nixon and Kissinger secretly reversed policy to PRC Commies behind their backs (A so called „Niku-san Shuka“)

    当時西側でもっとも衝撃を受けたのは日本であった。この時点でイギリス・フランス・イタリア・カナダはすでに中華人民共和国を承認しており、西独と日本は未承認で特に日本は中華民国との関係が深く、まさに寝耳に水であった。

    At that time, Japan was the most shocked in the west. At this point, Britain, France, Italy, and Canada had already approved the People’s Republic of China, West Germany and Japan had not approved it, and Japan in particular had a close relationship with the Republic of China.

    https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%8B%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BD%E3%83%B3%E5%A4%A7%E7%B5%B1%E9%A0%98%E3%81%AE%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E8%A8%AA%E5%95%8F

    The future holds interesting times.

    View post on imgur.com

  59. Possumman says:

    It is just a game-not a sport

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
  60. Danindc says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Rory McIlroy fired his older caddie who was very good at his job but not 27 years old. He hired Harry Diamond who is Rory’s childhood buddy and very fun to pal around with on off nights. Since the switch, the wins have been very, very rare for the most talented golfer on the planet. Being too comfortable with your caddy is possibly a net negative.

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  61. epebble says:
    @Alfa158

    In the 20th Century, manufacturing processes used OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) model. U.S. or European companies would design the products and get it made in Asia. In 21st Century the new manufacturing process is to use an Asian contractor for both design and manufacturing. It is known as ODM (Original Design and Manufacturing) model.

  62. Anonymous[366] • Disclaimer says:
    @auld alliance

    Golf mania peaked here in the US 18-20 years ago too. Lots of investors were creating Funds to build courses, country clubs had higher membership, Tiger Woods was going to cause a Diverse movement to golf for the masses.

    But between sub-prime crisis and Tiger imploding his personal life it kinda reversed. Now country clubs closing or giving away perks for memberships. A country club near me just sold off to the County. Another Country Club took 9 holes and built condos.

    The game is time consuming and land and resource consuming.

  63. JMcG says:
    @mmack

    I thought 98% of Japanese were lactose intolerant?

    • Replies: @mmack
    , @Wency
  64. JMcG says:
    @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Part of the reason I could never warm up to soccer is the fact that taking a dive is seen as good tactics. I’d marvel at the play in the World Cup or European Cup, and then some player would throw himself on the ground and hold his shin like a three-year old girl, and the ref would solemnly award him a penalty.
    It’s the most easily fixed ( in the sense of deciding who wins) sport in the world.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  65. @Danindc

    Yes, however I kind of suspect that things are not going well with McIlroy and his wife, in spite of the new baby. It could be that he wanted his best buddy around all the time for that reason and making him the caddy gave him that justification.

    Part of the reason I say this is that McIlroy had a notorious romance with the Danish tennis player, whom he jilted more or less at the altar only by text message. Immediately after this, starting the very same day, he went on a tear and won 3 tournaments in a row, having dumped this psychological burden.

    I was very surprised when only a couple of weeks ago McIlroy announced that he had damaged his swing because he was working too hard to drive the ball as far as Bryson deChambeau.

    Well, McIlroy is was already one of the longest drivers in the game in spite of being one of the smaller players, and his problem has never been lack of length driving, but a tendency to lose it mentally when he hits a bad shot, and then go from bad to worse for few holes, then recover and play better once he is out of the running.

    Does he not know that his main problem is a tendency to score double bogies at crucial times when he is fretting over what happened at the last hole. A new female caddy would work wonders for him!

  66. prosa123 says:

    By the way, it looks like football is the most watched sport in the U.S., and basketball is the most played. That’s a little surprising to me. I would have guessed soccer is the most played – everyone played at least one season as a child.

    My guess is that basketball ranks first because it’s easy to play on an informal basis. It doesn’t require a full court or two teams of five. One hoop will do, and fewer players – even one-on-one will do.

  67. Anonymous[199] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gamecock

    Germany’s claim was abrasive for some, but only because it was true. Hence why everyone gangs up on them for survival.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1985/05/05/their-wehrmacht-was-better-than-our-army/0b2cfe73-68f4-4bc3-a62d-7626f6382dbd/

  68. @peterike

    Before writing that post, maybe you should’ve looked up the actual data first.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/india/

  69. Clyde says:
    @Alfa158

    You certainly know your subject. In a similar vein, I was up in Maine a few decades ago so I visited a sardine cannery. Interesting operation. One man took us out back where there was a load of 10″ fish that they were also canning, but after pickling them a bit. These fish were sardine looking but much larger.

    This cannery slapped on 50 different companies labels, onto the exact same finished sardine cans.

  70. @Jim Christian

    Sorry to make you Thai your knickers in a knot.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  71. @Gamecock

    Game, years ago the great golf analyist, Gary McCord, made the unforgiveable sin of saying that Augusta National “bikini waxed” their greens. Banned. Gone.

  72. @Zpaladin

    Z, you mean who would win in 18 holes, not rounds. Rounds are the 3 minutes of action in a boxing match. biden couldn’t find his way back to his corner without his German shepard assistance dog and trump would never be seen in public shirtless.

  73. @Captain Tripps

    Captain, born in ’46 I idolized the Italian American great ball players, Berra, DiMagio and Rizzuto. But one of my all time favorite ball players, Ichiro Suzuki. If he doesn’t make Cooperstown on the first ballot it would be a shame. After Ricky Henderson, probably the best lead off batter and a great base runner and fielder.

    • Agree: Wade Hampton
  74. mmack says:
    @JMcG

    If you win the Indianapolis 500 and survive multiple near misses and racing scant fractions of an inch from a concrete retaining wall or other cars, getting an upset stomach from drinking some milk is a minor concern.

    Besides, for some damned reason the trend is the winning driver pours the bottle of milk over his head after taking some drinks for a photo op. Very uncouth.

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2019/05/gty_689467396_91276458.jpg?resize=1536,1331

  75. mmack says:
    @Anon

    Is Dave hugging Takuma or mugging him in that photo?

    Bad touch Dave, bad touch.

  76. @John Derbyshire

    This being China, it would be called qiāozhà xìnxā

    https://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/USPolitics/dirtyelection.html#taiwan

    Mr. Derbyshire, I believe you meant qiāozhà xìnxi 敲诈信息 blackmail information
    xa is not a sound in pinyin.

    As for Chicom vs. Japan. I think you know very well what main differences, such as latter being 11x smaller and not a fully sovereign country. (I guess Chicom have a lower IQ but still Lol)

    Both Japan and Germany walked out of the 1985 Plaza Accords with their currency strengthened vs. USD. Whereas Japanese firms responded with price cuts, Germany/Europe’s did not, and thus reduced their trade deficit. Today Japan’s GDP per capita is lower than Germany’s, but however does not have to deal with a EU fiscal/migrants crisis.

    As so it happens the 80’s were a „Honeymoon“ period between Chicom and Japan as the 2 economies then were highly complementary. Today the two are much more as competitors, however ChiCom remains Japan’s top trade partner, this relation is deepened by signing of RCEP.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China%E2%80%93Japan_relations#1980s
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_trading_partners_of_Japan

    • Replies: @John Derbyshire
  77. Cortes says:
    @JMcG

    Try watching a horse race and keeping a straight face. It’s not easy.

  78. @AndrewR

    What has Tiger Woods ever done for you?

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  79. AndrewR says:
    @Barnard

    You’re right. I forgot about the crash. Sad.

  80. AndrewR says:
    @Clyde

    Well, Japan seldom comes up in discussion here.

    I myself own a Scion which is owned by Toyota. But it was made in San Antonio. I am absolutely not a car guy (tbh I wish we could go back to horses and buggies) so I can’t say how inferior it is to cars made in Japan, but I’m pretty certain it is indeed inferior.

  81. @Jonathan Mason

    David Cameron is an Aston Villa fan, as is Prince William.

  82. @Gamecock

    A Japanese woman who I knew once told me that there is joke told by Germans and Japanese whenever they meet: ‘next time let’s do it without the Italians’.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  83. @Anon

    The Japanese rugby team has plenty of Japanese. There are a few Polynesians and some South Africans to play lock, but I’d say at the last world cup the squad was 2/3rds actual Japanese. They were good. Well coached and very dynamic.

    In their club league it’s very open to overseas players. The standard is getting reasonably good as a result. Many of the top All Blacks spend a season or two their to top up their bank balances at their peak. It’s less physical rugby than in New Zealand so they can add a season or two to their career too.

    The qualification process in international rugby is a bit odd for historical reasons due to the way the home nations (UK & Ireland) view nationality. This means there is a loophole that allows players who haven’t represented another country, but are resident in another for a period of time to represent the new country.

    This has resulted in farcical situations as the qualification period was only three years and so all sorts of journeymen Kiwis and South Africans fanned out across the world. And everyone picked up a Samoan or three. The period has been extended to five years but you will still get a bit of it.

  84. @dearieme

    The match against Scotland was a thriller.

    I watched it in a small bar in Yokohama with a bunch of sararimen. Great stuff.

  85. Gamecock says:

    Germany’s claim was abrasive for some, but only because it was true. Hence why everyone gangs up on them for survival.

    Their Wehrmacht Was Better Than Our Army

    You are a dick, Anonymous[199] . Wehrmacht is armed forces. Des Heeres is army. Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe, und des Heeres is better than our army is stupid beyond comprehension.

  86. mmack says:

    Our posts on Takuma in this thread and Steve’s posts on golf 🏌️‍♂️ have reached singularity:

    https://www.indycar.com/news/2021/04/04-12-sato-japan

    SATO’S INDY 500 WIN LAUNCHED GOLDEN RUN FOR JAPANESE ATHLETES

    “Hideki Matsuyama’s victory in The Masters golf tournament Sunday continued a tremendous run of success for Japanese athletes in major global sporting events taking place in America, a string of excellence that started with Takuma Sato’s win in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge last August.”

  87. I demand DIVERSITY INCLUSION EQUITY

    Henceforth, 1/2 of the Masters contestants must be POC and for equity, adjust scores accordingly.

  88. @Jim Don Bob

    Suddenly there’s a lot of coverage of his speeding. Wonder why.

  89. anonymous[289] • Disclaimer says:
    @Zpaladin

    Biden would win in by 7 million points but we wouldn’t know until a week after the match was over.

  90. AndrewR says:
    @anonymouseperson

    He let me bang his Swedish baddie.

    Keep this between you and me, but that incident where she chased after him with a golf club was because he told her he didn’t want her seeing me anymore

  91. AndrewR says:
    @John Derbyshire

    Lol when I went to Arlington, I randomly stumbled across the grave of Lt General Arthur MacArthur Jr, who was Governor-General of the Philippines for a short time. His son is much more well-known, primarily for his stint as the gaijin shogun after the US invaded and occupied Japan.

    You may have heard of the McCain family. John Sr was an admiral. Jr was an admiral. III was a senator for decades and almost became president. His daughter Meghan is an obese, vapid co-host on some women’s talk show on ABC or something.

    I could also mention the Kennedy, Bush, Roosevelt, Harrison, and Adams dynasties. I know there are other dynasties I can’t name off the top of my head.

    My point? Nepotism doesn’t mean you can’t succeed geopolitically. Pretty much all ruling classes in every society in history have had lots of nepotism and corruption. Nepotism is still enshrined in all monarchies besides the papacy (which is no less corrupt than any hereditary dynasty). I’m sure your friend is smart and well-connected but the US government would do well to take his claim with many grains of salt. At this point the US military is extremely corrupt and openly practices ethnic nepotism. Is that better than family nepotism?

  92. @Jonathan Mason

    I think British prime ministers have stayed away from golf because in Britain it is perceived as an elitist sport, and British Prime Ministers like to be seen as a man or woman of the people.

    Same with firearms. In the UK, gun control means proles disarming toffs, and is quite popular. In the US, the opposite holds.

  93. prosa123 says:

    The Japanese rugby team has plenty of Japanese. There are a few Polynesians and some South Africans to play lock, but I’d say at the last world cup the squad was 2/3rds actual Japanese. They were good. Well coached and very dynamic.

    In the last Rugby World Cup France had almost as many black players as South Africa, possibly more, making it the team with the most blacks if you don’t count the Melanesians from Fiji.

  94. Pontius says:
    @Barnard

    You often end up in the rough when you use woods for a driver.

  95. @Twinkie

    I saw Collin Morikawa close out the Walker Cup at LACC for the US Amateurs over the British Amateurs with a long iron to 5 feet.

  96. @Steve Sailer

    If we see Biden on a golf course while he’s president, it’s because he wandered off at a fundraiser. He will not face the traditional, “look at this a-hole playing golf while xxx is happening” that presidents of both parties deal with.

  97. Gordo says:
    @sb

    Margaret didn’t play golf I think but Denis did, in different circumstances Margaret might have made a highly effective if divisive Lady President of the golf club.

    Denis played a round with Bush the elder. One wonders what they talked about, war stories as George had fought the Japs and Denis the Germans?

  98. Wency says:
    @JMcG

    I was surprised during my visit to Japan to find the Japanese are big on milk (and not just for children). Apparently they took to it after the Meiji Restoration — they noticed that bigger and stronger Westerners consumed dairy products and so imitated them.

    I’ve never gotten a clear answer if Japanese milk is treated to be lactose-free, if they pop those lactase pills, or if they just deal with discomfort.

  99. @Gamecock

    It should be „das“ the neuter nominative case definite article
    Das Heer (the Army)
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heer_(Wehrmacht)

    „Des“ when it is used in the genitive case
    Oberkommando des Heeres (High Command of the Army)
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberkommando_des_Heeres

    • Replies: @Gamecock
  100. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    CJKBTK:

    Thanks for spotting the typo — I’ve fixed it.

    Japan “not a fully sovereign country”? Wha?

  101. During this “hate-crime surge” he’s lucky some crazy New Yorker didn’t knock him to the ground while yelling anti-Asian slurs.

  102. Gamecock says:
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Thanks for trying, China Jap. But I’ll never get it.

    Gendered languages are the dumbest things on the planet, next to Lefties.

  103. @Jim Don Bob

    Suicide attempt? Sorry, I’ve been watching ‘Hemingway’ and imagining him walking toward a propeller.

  104. Joe Joe says:

    Matsuyama seems like a very nice guy but he really needs to learn English. To play on the PGA tour is a privilege and it would show respect to learn the language of the host nation. Didn’t Ichiro Suzuki play in MLB for many years without learning English???

  105. @John Derbyshire

    You bet. Big fan of Prime Obsession by the way.

    Japan “not a fully sovereign country”?

    A pic that says a thousand words

    Here I apply to both them and Germany. Neither has nuclear policy independence. In this regard they cannot be compared to France, UK, Russia, and even India.

    On the Fukushima issue for instance, they certainly needed to get signoff from US (but not Chicom or SK)
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/japan-dump-treated-radioactive-fukushima-231433317.html
    Similarly, the revelation that Kanzlerin Merkel’s phone was tapped was only reacted with tacit acceptance.

    [MORE]

    As noted above it is hard to assess relative fortunes of the two. Both rely on US for defense and China for economic growth. Jerrys have a EU and Franco-German partnership to lean on. Japs do not have a problem with Flüchtlingspolitik or far right extremism (probably because their establishment is already far right lol), but more security concerns.

    A time ago they were disturbed by the Cultural Revolution and enthusiastically for further alliance with America against Chicom, only to be humiliated like a sensitive young man stood up by his date

    In July 1971, the Japanese government was stunned by Nixon’s dramatic announcement of his forthcoming visit to the People’s Republic of China.[97] Many Japanese were chagrined by the failure of the United States to consult in advance with Japan before making such a fundamental change in foreign policy, and the sudden change in America’s stance made Satō’s staunch adherence to non-relations with China look like he had been played for a fool

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan%E2%80%93United_States_relations#1970s:_Nixon_Shocks_and_Oil_Shocks

    This may lend them to think American policy vis-a-vie East Asia is not so different than Britain’s with European Continent—to side with the second strongest coalition

    They don’t fear Biden. Instead they view him as feeble and non-hostile, and, as suggested by recent revelations about his family’s business dealings, they may have kompromat on him. 

    The Chinese don’t want to rule the world; they only, in the apt words of Asia Times columnist David Goldman

    https://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/USPolitics/dirtyelection.html#taiwan

    Here I think you are referring to the possibility of Chicoms colluding with US Establishment. I won’t contest that. But Mr. Goldman whom you cite…

    Goldman was global head of credit strategy at Credit Suisse 1999-2002

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_P._Goldman

    …is clearly a member of that Establishment.

    I commented Chicom geopolitical position here
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/woke-mil/#comment-4515114

    I don’t like to sound overly Sino-triumphic. The key stat worth highlighting is of the five opponents USA has taken down in her history, 1.Britain 2.Germany 3.USSR 4.Japan 5.EU, none has had industrial capacity >80% of US.

    PRC’s industrial capacity > US+Japan+Germany
    https://www.statista.com/chart/20858/top-10-countries-by-share-of-global-manufacturing-output/

    If Japs in the 80’s had really gotten uppity, there were many other ways the US could have put the screws on them. Time and again the samurais have proven themselves on the battlefield and other human endeavors, but never had the size and depth for long term strategic planning. But this is simply not the case for Chicoms.

    P.S.
    In case you haven’t seen my past posts, these are my Weltanschauung regarding Sino-Japanese War and WWII. Chicoms til this day exaggerate and mythologize their contribution to the War (but let’s be real so does Hollywood), but Chiang’s place as 力挽狂澜 patriotic hero in is duly rehabilitated and recognized.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-black-muslim-capitol-cop-killer/#comment-4572114
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/opinion-poll-is-russia-europe/#comment-4536410
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/productivity-in-russian-empire/#comment-4529718
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/woke-mil/#comment-4509462
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/cap-2013/#comment-4503786

    On Chicom’s place in macrohistory
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/china-torpedoes-biosingularity-bid/#comment-4580402
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-144/#comment-4526643

    文革
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/say-his-name-ahmad-al-alawi-alissa/#comment-4582813

  106. @The Alarmist

    What knots? Just saying. Now, how blacks get credit for Tiger or Kam-a-la-la-la to begin with, I don’t know. There just aren’t any blacks of worthy accomplishment, I guess. So other races have to share, heh..

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