A Very Japanese Headline

» 01 May 2013 » In npb »

When reporting something that hasn’t happened in a while, the Japanese media has a habit of using the exact number of days since the last occurrence to underscore the point. Here’s today’s example:

Terahara’s First Win For Softbank in 2481 Days; Says to Local Fans “I’m Home!”

Original Japanese: 寺原2481日ぶりソフトBで白星 地元ファンに「ただいま!」

This headline refers to Hayato Terahara’s first win of the season; he returned to the Softbank Hawks as a free agent after having been traded away six years ago.


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  1. Patrick
    Michael Westbay
    02/05/2013 at 7:36 am Permalink

    Isn’t it great! I don’t know why, but these are the kinds of sensationalist headlines I enjoy. It drives my wife crazy as I rattle off the number of years, days, games, etc. since the last occurrence of something while reading the morning paper.