Hanshin Tigers outfielder Tomoaki Kanemoto played in his 1000th consecutive complete game (i.e. all the innings of the game) on Tuesday. Cal Ripken played in 903 straight games in which he played every inning.
One thing that helps Kanemoto stay in the lineup, besides being healthy, is that he's pretty good. Through August 15, he was batting .302, slugging .469, and had an OBP of .397. He has 15 home runs, tied for the team lead.
However, Hanshin is in second place in the Central League, 7 1/2 games behind first place Chunichi.
The fifth place Yomiuri Giants started out 10-2 and 32-20 and then went 4-28 in one stretch and they're 18 1/2 games out.