Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Lyall Gorman believes Japanese star Shinji Ono will prove to be the A-League's "best value marquee" after the midfielder hit the training ground running yesterday days before the club's first ever game.
Ono flew into Sydney yesterday and completed both his medical and a full training session, having played for his former Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse only three weeks ago.
It leaves coach Tony Popovic with the dilemma of how much to involve the 56-capped star of Japan's national team in Saturday's opening round of the new A-League season, when the Wanderers kick off against the Mariners at Parramatta Stadium.
But Gorman said in the long-run the signing of a player venerated across Asia would offer unparalled value for money for the money-conscious start-up club, despite the signings elsewhere of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )