Michael Owen Turning Japanese?
Tyne-siding it in the land of the rising sun? Sounds crazy right? About as crazy as David Beckham to MLS sounded a mere 18 months ago so you never know. I'm not too up on my J-League rules and regulations but in terms of audience, size and age it's very similar to MLS. Perhaps Owen could be the player to give the league the shot in the arm similar to the one Becks has given MLS.
Having said that, if Owen is willing to consider the J-League perhaps an MLS side (I'm thinking Toronto) should think about giving his agent a call.