Asahi Breweries, Ltd. (アサヒビール株式会社 Asahi Bīru Kabushiki Gaisha) TYO: 2502 is the 2nd largest beer brewery in Japan and soft drink company based in Tokyo, Japan. The company originally led the Japanese craze for dry beer with Asahi Super Dry in 1987, leading to its dramatic turnaround in business performance, and surprassing former 2nd ranker Sapporo Breweries in sales and profits.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (松坂 大輔, Matsuzaka Daisuke, born September 13, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan ( often rendered as “DICE-kay” or “DICE-keh”), nicknamed The Monster in Japan is a Japanese professional baseball player who became a member of the Boston Red Sox on December 13, 2006. It is widely anticipated that he will be a starting pitcher. He previously played for the Seibu Lions in Japan’s Pacific League.