Naomi Osaka 'honored' to be a Barbie model
NHK -- Mar 09
The world's number one female tennis player Naomi Osaka has a new honor to add to her list of accomplishments, with the release on Friday of her own Barbie doll.

The Japanese sports star is one of 20 inspiring women chosen by a US toymaker to serve as models for the famous doll on International Women's Day.

The group includes an Indian gymnast who became the first woman to represent her country in the event at the Olympics, and a professional truck driver from Poland.

Osaka's doll is dressed in tennis whites and holds a racket and ball. The real life star posted a message on Twitter to say she felt "honored to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls."

Japanese TV identity Tetsuko Kuroyanagi was also chosen. Kuroyanagi is a UNICEF good will ambassador. Her doll wears a colorful kimono.

The toymaker says the dolls will not go on sale to the public, but that each of the women who served as a model will receive one of herself.

News source: NHK
May 26
Temperatures rose across Japan on Saturday to highs usually not seen until the height of summer, causing hundreds of people to be taken to hospitals and prompting the weather agency to issue heatstroke warnings. (Japan Today)
May 26
As a foreigner, you will notice that there are pachinko parlors everywhere in Japan. The neon signs of these pachinko parlors will meet your gaze everywhere in the country. Even the television channels will be full of advertisements for new parlors and machines. (newsonjapan.com)
May 26
Japan's top trade negotiator with the United States has said both sides continue to differ on negotiations for a trade deal, adding that they need to work further to narrow the gap. (NHK)
May 26
US President Donald Trump is scheduled to spend a full day with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, ahead of their summit on Monday. (NHK)
May 26
In sumo, rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama has clinched his first tournament title. (NHK)
May 26
It was around 3 p.m. on a chilly day in December. The sky was overcast and the scent of rain hung in the air when Rina Kambayashi happened upon a creature she had never seen before. (Japan Times)
May 25
U.S. President Donald Trump is set to start a four-day state visit to Japan on Saturday, a historic event that will make him the first foreign leader to meet with new Emperor Naruhito. (Kyodo)
May 25
All Nippon Airways debuted flights of a double-decker Airbus A380 from Narita Airport north of Tokyo, bound for Hawaii on Friday. (NHK)
May 25
A woman was killed and 16 other people injured Friday after a bus carrying Chinese tourists collided with multiple vehicles on an expressway in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan, local police said. (Japan Today)
May 25
A male Canadian national employed at a day care facility in Kitakyushu City who was caught abusing a child on video has had his contract canceled by the facility, reports Fuji News Network (May 21). (tokyoreporter.com)