August 29th, 2010
06:22 PM ET

Japan wins Little League World Series

A team from Japan defeated the squad from Waipahu, Hawaii, on Sunday in the championship game of the Little League World Series. The score was 4-1.

First baseman Konan Tomori drove in three runs and pitcher Ryusuke Ikeda struck out five batters in three innings to ice the win for Japan at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The win by an international team breaks a five-year winning streak by U.S. teams. The last time a Japanese team had won the tournament was 2003.

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  1. That Guy

    unbelieveable .... nika waka maka hoi kana biga wiki nocka

    August 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. That Guy

    oops, i meant nika waka maka hoi kana wiki nacka

    August 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • saka my kaka

      opa taka make naka, paka waka big saka

      August 30, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawaiikaos

      On behalf of all people living in Hawaii, you are a tool. Have some respect.

      August 30, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shock

    wow, aren't you all mature?
    So what, the word is spelled wrong; and whoever thinks it's mature to say st_u, aren't you just smart!
    Grow up, oh wait you already are. Copy the example of these fine youth, and you might just get ahead. If not, you'll continue to look, sound, and be stupid idiots.
    Congratulations to both teams!

    August 30, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zounds

    Kudos to the coaches who kept their cool. I could hear how they talked to the kids,and tried to inspire them
    without being bullying. I enjoyed every single kid on both teams, even the ones who pulled errors, struck out,
    missed the chance to be the "hero," etc. To be honest, all of it was a vicarious trip back to my childhood,and
    knew how it felt (to some degree). Congrats! To have gotten that far says something!

    August 30, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    The Little League has been a shame ever since it changed the format to US Champion vs International Champion for the final game. Look at the history of Little League champions before the US changed the format: the vast majority of winners were Asian teams for decades. The US then changed the format so that a US team was guaranteed to be in the finals every year.

    Even this year the final was basically the Asian international team versus the Asian American team.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LLWSjunkie

      Tom, you have no clue. The "Asians" never dominated. It was only after the LLWS started becoming popular that more and more international teams started entering into the mix and they had to change the format, or else the whole process of the LLWS would take a month and a half to play all the games. (And in the 3 years that the "Asian" countries won, 2 out fo the 3 years it came to light that they were using illegal players. It is hard to police the international teams when it comes to proving the players ages. Also, how do you figure that Hawaii is an "Asian" team? The format works and is fair.

      August 30, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    The Little League has been a sham ever since it changed the format to US Champion vs International Champion for the final game. Look at the history of Little League champions before the US changed the format: the vast majority of winners were Asian teams for decades. The US then changed the format so that a US team was guaranteed to be in the finals every year. Even this year the final was basically the Asian international team versus the Asian American team...

    August 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Adam

    I was going to post something worthwhile, and then I realized that it's the Little League World Series. People are trolling on here to argue about the LLWS. There are far more entertaining ways to embrace the failing nature of humanity: fat people for oil, an AIDS bomb, moon landing conspiracies and Glenn Beck.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jackson

    The US should be ashamed. Rigging the series with tons of teams from the US versus one team from each other country gives the US tons of chances to get one team in the finals. But then they go even farther and just make the rules automatically put a US team in the finals. No wonder the whole world hates the US! They don't understand the meaning of fair play and they teach their kids it is ok to rig the system. Truly sad.

    August 30, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. tcaros

    Victorious nipper sohns.

    August 30, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. bhopotus

    It's George Bush's fault the world hates us

    August 30, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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