...Hisashi Iwakuma will be making an appearance in a TV spot (targeted for the Tohoku region) for NHK regarding their upcoming digital TV conversion. NHK will be broadcasting similar TV spots throughout Japan using various personalities for each region; Iwakuma is the only sports personality they've hired (he's also apparently the first ever sports personality the company has hired for a TV spot like this).
The comedy duo of Sandwich-man will also be appearing in the Tohoku spot for NHK. The spot is set to begin airing sometime next month.
Incidentally, Iwakuma tossed 5 shut-out innings, while scattering just 3 hits, against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday.