The Business and Diplomacy of Baseball in U.S.-Japan Relations
Summer 2020 will mark the second time Japan hosts the Summer Olympic Games and baseball will return as an Olympic sport, after a 12-year hiatus. Baseball has long been a common language between the U.S. and Japan, and the countries have arguably the world’s two most recognizable professional leagues. Baseball is also big business with players like the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani influencing multi-million-dollar marketing deals and Dallas-based HKS designing a new $530 million dollar stadium in Sapporo. Join us for a conversation with two expert panels of executives, players, and historians on the economic and diplomatic importance of baseball within U.S.-Japan relations.
Robert Fitts Baseball Historian and Award-Winning Writer
Kazuhiro Gomi President and CEO of NTT Research, Inc.
Ambassador Ryozo Kato Former Ambassador from Japan to the U.S., former Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball
Matt Murton Baseball Operations Staff at Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, former Professional Baseball Player in U.S. and Japan
Dale Petroskey President and CEO at Dallas Regional Chamber, former President of National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer Former Ambassador from the U.S. to Japan, former President of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club
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About Japan Currents Symposium
This annual program brings leading thinkers from both Japan and the U.S. to explore current and looming issues that affect the critically important bilateral relationship. Topics at the luncheon have ranged from international trade to politics, security, and the globalization of Japan’s economy. From 2014 to 2019, this program was known as the Japan Update Symposium and was part of a series presented by Japan-America Societies across the U.S., made possible by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS). Starting in 2020, this program is known as the Japan Currents Symposium, again part of a series presented by Japan-America Societies across the U.S., made possible by the Embassy of Japan in the United States and NAJAS.