Kentaro Nishimura is a former Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball player. He played with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Central League. On October 3, 2018, he announced retirement after the season. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
Kentaro Nakamoto is a Japanese long-distance runner who competes in marathon races. He represented Japan in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2017 World Championships in Athletics, finishing in the top ten on all four occasions, his personal best for the distance is 2:08:35 hours. Born in Kikugawa in Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture, he attended Yamaguchi Prefectural City West High School, he began to feature in high level races while attending Takushoku University and ran at the 2005 Hakone Ekiden. After graduation he joined the Yaskawa Electric Corporation and the athletic director there encouraged him to move towards being a marathon specialist. Nakamoto made his debut over that distance in 2008 and came third at the Nobeoka Marathon with a time of 2:13:54 hours and took second place at that year's Hokkaido Marathon. Nakamoto set a half marathon best of 1:02:29 hours at the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon in 2009, He knocked one second off his marathon best with a top ten finish at the Tokyo Marathon in March.
He went under that time twice in his two marathon outings in 2010, running 2:11:42 at the Beppu-Ōita Marathon and 2:12:38 at the Amsterdam Marathon. He broke the 2:10 barrier at the 2011 Lake Biwa Marathon, having his best finish yet with a run of 2:09:31 for fourth; as one of the leading Japanese men that season, he was selected for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu. In his first international appearance for Japan he performed well and took tenth place in the World Championship Marathon, he was Asia's second fastest performer, after his team mate Hiroyuki Horibata, with whom he secured the team silver medals in the 2011 World Marathon Cup. That year he ran track bests of 14:04.31 minutes for the 5000 metres and 29:04.24 minutes for the 10,000 metres. A return to the Lake Biwa race in 2012 saw him finish in the same position, but in a personal best of 2:08:53 hours; this performance earned Nakamoto another international selection and competing for Japan at the 2012 London Olympics he ranked as Asia's best performer in the Men's Olympic marathon, taking sixth place with a run of 2:11:16 hours.
Nakamoto began 2013 with a personal best of 2:08:35 hours at the Beppu-Ōita Marathon, taking the runner-up spot behind Yuki Kawauchi, who broke the course record to win. Kentaro Nakamoto at IAAF
Kentaro Toyama is a computer scientist and international development researcher, who works on the relationship of technology and global development. He is W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. Toyama was founding assistant director of Microsoft Research India, a Bangalore-based computer science laboratory, where he established the Technology for Emerging Markets group which conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of "information and communication technologies for development". Together with AnnaLee Saxenian and Raj Reddy, he co-founded the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, a global platform for rigorous, interdisciplinary research in ICT4D. Toyama received a Ph. D. in Computer Science from Yale University, an A. B. in Physics from Harvard University. Toyama's research spans several disparate areas, including ICT4D, development studies, computer vision, human-computer interaction, geographic information systems, multimedia.
He is best known for his research in ICT4D, which includes technology projects such as MultiPoint, Text-Free User Interfaces, Warana Unwired, Digital Green, as well as observational studies of rural telecenters, mobile phones in developing countries, the limits of technology for international development. He is an outspoken critic of the "technological utopianism" that he sees in initiatives such as One Laptop Per Child, argues that technology only magnifies existing human intent and capacity. A two-part essay making this point appears in a Boston Review forum; the argument is extended further in Geek Heresy. Toyama's research in computer vision involves automated tracking of objects in video. In 2002, he taught calculus at Ashesi University in Ghana. A paper he co-authored with Andrew Blake was awarded the Marr Prize at the 2001 International Conference on Computer Vision; that work was a precursor to some of the technology in Microsoft's Kinect product. Personal website
Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs
Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yukiya Sakuragi. Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump, published in the United States by Viz Media with a preview in the new Animerica; as of January 1, 2011, the series has gone on a hiatus or most cancelled in North America. Sheltered and controlled by her parents for most of her life, owner of a loyal mutt named Lupin, 18-year-old Suguri wants to move from the country-side to the big city, Tokyo, to find a career and a new life. After being kidnapped and stranded at a rest area, Lupin mates another dog while her owner Teppei is not looking, shattering his dream of a litter of purebred puppies. To make up for her mongrel's wayward wooing, Suguri accepts Teppei's offer to work at the pet store he manages which leads her to numerous adventures of canine antics. Suguri Miyauchi The female protagonist of Inubaka, 18-year-old Suguri loves everything about the canine world. She's innocent, a bit of an airhead, but she cares for both dogs and humans.
Her best friend is her mutt Lupin who Suguri states is like her "alter ego." As a young girl, Suguri was kidnapped, although the kidnapper was never caught, Suguri herself was found and rescued shortly afterward by Lupin's grandfather, she wears his red collar around her neck in homage. The incident however caused her parents to be over-protective of her which of course led to her naive and inexperienced view of the world, she was not allowed to go on school field-trips, her curfew was at 5:30pm. Her connection with all dogs is so strong that when she first enters the Woofles Pet Shop, every puppy in the store starts to produce "happy pee," a reflexive action whenever puppies get excited, she can sense when a dog is ready to use the restroom or when a dog is trying to tell her something urgent. Because Teppei keeps her as only part-time, Suguri gets a job as a hostess alongside a friend of hers to earn extra money, she begins to develop a crush on Teppei and sometimes becomes jealous if another girl gives him too much attention or if she suspects that he is interested in someone, much like dogs make a big fuss over strange dogs who get too close to their owner.
She comes from wealthy family. She and Kim have plans to breed Chanta and Lupin together, though Teppei insists that they wait until they are sure the puppies will have a home. In order to get the best possible idea on what kind of puppies Lupin might end up siring, Suguri began researching Lupin's family tree. While she has learned a lot and remains enthusiastic, her search has brought to light some of the darker aspects of her own past, as it caused her to discover that a young man who owns/owned a good majority of Lupin's family is her kidnapper from all those years ago. Teppei Iida The male lead of Inubaka, Teppei is the manager of a pet shop by the name of "Woofles" and lives in an apartment above the store; when he was a boy, Teppei picked up stray dogs, much to the chagrin of his single mother, able to support the two of them. Despite his aloof and nonchalant nature, Teppei retains his weak spot for both strays be they dogs or people, allowing both Kentaro and Suguri to work at Woofles and to crash with him until they earn enough to find their own place.
Being fluent in all areas of dog knowledge. Teppei lacks any sort of practical business sense, he owns a purebred black Lab named Noa. He allows Suguri to temporarily work at Woofles to make up for her dog Lupin's tryst with Noa and hires her as a permanent employee after seeing her repertoire with dogs, although her naive nature annoys him into punishing her in slapstick fashion. Teppei sometimes displays a negative bias against "mutts" the breeding of them, despite the fact he sees the good points in owning a dog of mixed ancestry and believes that all dogs are deserving of good homes; this is due to the fact he worries about possible unknown genetic diseases, but because hates seeing mistreated and abandoned animals and knows that many of the animals subjected to that sort of treatment are of unknown blood. He does not seem to have a problem with selling mixed-breed pups if he is certain they will have a home, however, as shown when he brought in a half-Dachshund, half-Chihuahua puppy after it was requested by a client.
Momoko Takeuchi A girl licensed in dog grooming, Momoko was hired by Teppei to assist with the increased number of clients for Woofles pet boutique services. As a young girl, Momoko was ostracized by her classmates due to a weight problem except for a boy named Yuu. Momoko's relationship with Yuu inspired her to lose weight in a healthy, balanced way and the two became a couple. Yuu's true self was manipulative and controlling; the resulting strain from Yuu's abuse caused Momoko to become cold and withdrawn to the world around her except when she is grooming dogs. With the help and support of Suguri, Momoko found the strength to break up with Yuu and she and her Toy Poodle Mel move in with Sugur
Love Hina is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 21, 1998 to October 31, 2001, with the chapters collected into 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha; the series tells the story of Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to find the girl with whom he made a childhood promise to enter the University of Tokyo. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, in Australia by Madman Entertainment, in Singapore by Chuang Yi. Two novelizations of Love Hina, written by two anime series screenwriters, were released in Japan by Kodansha. Both novels were released in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop. A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the manga series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April 19, 2000, to September 27, 2000, it was followed by a bonus DVD episode and Spring television specials, a three episode original video animation entitled Love Hina Again.
The anime series, OVA were licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation, who released a boxset of the television series in February 2009; the series is licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by MVM Films. The series has proved popular around the world, both commercially and critically. In Japan, the manga sold over 16 million copies; the English release of the manga has been reprinted many times. Both anime and manga have received numerous industry awards in Japan and North America, as well as praise from critics; the story is a shōnen comedy that takes place in the Kanagawa Prefecture, centers on Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to fulfill a childhood promise that he made with a girl to enter the University of Tokyo together. However, he has forgotten the name of the girl he made the promise to and hopes to be accepted into the university in order to find her. Having failed the entrance exam twice and with his parents no longer willing to support him, he goes to stay at his grandmother's hotel, only to find that it has been converted into a female-only apartment.
The tenants are about to kick him out when his aunt appears and announces that his grandmother has given him the title to the apartments. Much to their dismay Keitarō becomes the new manager of the family-owned girls' dorm Hinata House and must now balance his new responsibilities in addition to studying for the university entrance exam. At Hinata House, Keitarō meets Naru Narusegawa, studying to enter the university. Naru ranks first in the whole of Japan on the practice exams, Keitarō convinces her to help him study; as the two of them grow closer through their studies, after Keitarō accidentally reads a small section of Naru's diary, he becomes convinced that Naru may be the girl with whom he made the promise. On the second day of the university exam, Keitarō asks Naru about the promise and is stunned when she tells him he is mistaken. Despite their studying, Naru's mock exam results, they both fail the exams; the pair have an argument and independently run off to Kyoto to clear their heads.
While on their trip they settle their differences and meet Mutsumi Otohime, who lives in Okinawa and is studying for the university exams. After returning from Kyoto, Keitarō and Naru decide to retake the exams. After a while, Mutsumi moves to Tokyo, the three begin to study together. During this period, Naru becomes convinced that Mutsumi is Keitarō's promised girl, but Mutsumi states that she made a childhood promise with Naru, not Keitarō. During the next round of university exams, Keitarō believes he has failed them once again and runs away before finding out his results. After learning of this, Naru chases after him without checking her exam results either, they are followed by the rest of the residents of Hinata House who announce that Keitarō and Naru both passed the exams along with Mutsumi. For him, Keitarō has an accident at the University of Tokyo opening ceremony and is unable to attend classes for three months. After recovering from his injuries, Keitarō decides to study overseas with Noriyasu Seta.
As Keitarō is about to leave, Naru confesses her feelings to him at the airport and decides to wait for him to return. When Keitarō returns, he and Naru begin to express their feelings for each other. After they deal with new obstacles, Grandma Hina returns to Hinata House and reveals Naru is the girl of Keitarō's promise. Three years a wedding ceremony is held at Hinata House for Naru and Keitarō as they fulfill their childhood promise to each other. Initial sketches for the series were created between September and December 1997, after the completion of A. I. Love You. Early storyboards with initial character designs were created between December 1997 and January 1998, further character designs and location sketches followed between January and April 1998; the last storyboards before serialization were created between April and August 1998. Around six months before the start of serialization, character designs were still going through several revisions before being settled upon. Several characters underwent complete redesigns and name changes.
At one stage the character Naru was named Midori, she was supposed to fall through a hole in the floor naked, bump her head on Keitaro and lose her memory. Naru's name was changed many times before the author settled on Naru Narusegawa, her final design is similar to Saati Namba from A. I. Love You. Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno's money-grubbing nature and her older, jaded, an
Kentaro Miura is a Japanese manga artist best known for his popular dark fantasy manga Berserk. Kentaro Miura was born in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in 1966. In 1976, at the early age of 10, Miura made his first manga, entitled Miuranger, published for his classmates in a school publication. In 1977, Miura created; when he was in middle school in 1979, Miura's drawing techniques improved as he started using professional drawing techniques. His first dōjinshi was published, with the help of friends, in a magazine in 1982; that same year, in 1982, Miura enrolled in an artistic curriculum in high school, where he and his classmates started publishing their works in school booklets, as well as having his first dōjinshi published in a fan-produced magazine. In 1985, Miura applied for the entrance examination of an art college in Nihon University, he was granted admission. This project was nominated Best New Author work in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Another Miura manga Noa was published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine the same year.
Due to a disagreement with one of the editors, the manga was stalled and dropped altogether. This is where Miura's career hit a slump. In 1988, Miura bounced back with a 48-page manga known as Berserk Prototype, as an introduction to the current Berserk fantasy world, it went on to win Miura a prize from the Comi Manga School. In 1989 Miura started a project titled King of Wolves based on a script by Buronson, writer of Hokuto no Ken, it was published in the Japanese magazine Monthly Animal House in July of that year. In 1990, a sequel is made to Ourou entitled Ourou Den, published as a prequel to the original in Young Animal magazine. In the same year, the October issue of Animal House witnesses the first volume of the solo project Berserk was released with a limited success. Miura again collaborated with Buronson on manga titled Japan, published in Young Animal from the 1st issue to the 8th of 1992, was released as a stand-alone tankōbon. Miura's fame grew after Berserk was serialized in Young Animal in 1992 with the release of "The Golden Age" story arc and the series became a huge success, making him one of the most prominent contemporary manga artists.
At this time Miura dedicates himself to be working on Berserk. He has indicated, that he intends to publish more manga in the future. In 1997, Miura supervised the production of 25 anime episodes of Berserk that aired in the same year on NTV. Various art books and supplemental materials by Miura based on Berserk are released. In 1999, Miura made minor contributions to the Dreamcast video game Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage. 2004 saw the release of yet another video game adaptation entitled Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Holy Demon War. In 2013, Miura released the standalone manga Gigantomakhia, released into English speaking territories as Giganto Maxia by the publisher Dark Horse in 2016. Since that time, the Berserk manga has spanned 39 tankōbon with no end in sight; the series has spawned a whole host of merchandise, both official and fan-made, ranging from statues, action figures to key rings, video games, a trading card game. In 2002, Miura received the second place in the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize of Excellence for Berserk.
Miura provided the design for the Vocaloid Kamui Gakupo, whose voice is taken from the Japanese singer and actor Gackt. Miura stated; the manga artist Go Nagai had a key element in developing Miura's style. Miura has cited Star Wars and Susumu Hirasawa's music as inspiration. Miuranger Ken e no Michi Futatabi Noa Berserk Prototype King of Wolves Berserk Ourou Den Japan Gigantomakhia Kentaro Miura at Anime News Network's encyclopedia Kentaru Miura on IMDb
Kentaro Hashimoto is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher. He was born in Osaka, he is playing for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the NPB