3:00 PM - 4:15 PM (PST)
The United States and Japan have celebrated almost 150 years of diplomacy through baseball. Ever since the game was introduced to Japan by an American English teacher in Tokyo in 1872, the two countries have built camaraderie and goodwill through sportsmanship.
In this webinar, we will highlight how the United States and Japan strengthened their relationship through baseball with a panel discussion between baseball legends and aficionados who have been at the forefront of baseball diplomacy between the two countries. The speakers will discuss their experiences living and working in both cultures, sharing their observations, stories and anecdotes that have led to a better relationship between the two countries, while also comparing and contrasting American and Japanese culture through the playing, management and business of baseball.
The webinar will start with a short 5-minute work-in-progress trailer of the film, “Diamond Diplomacy,” and will transition to a discussion between the speakers, moderated by Ms. Yuriko Romer, Director of the film "Diamond Diplomacy," and Mr. Rob Fitts, award-winning author and baseball historian.
This webinar is co-hosted with the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and is a part of USJC’s 2020 Public Symposium, titled “Two Nations, Countless Connections – Community, Partnership and the Road Ahead.” The symposium will explore the transformative areas of the bilateral relationship that have brought about hope and recovery, and examine topics around community building, diversity and resilience in both countries today.
*This webinar will be recorded for archival purposes.
Minority Owner of the San Francisco Giants; Chairman & CEO, aio Group
Formally Hanshin Tigers and
Major League Baseball Player (retired)
Sports (Baseball) Agent
Senior Vice President, International,
Major League Baseball
Author & Baseball Historian
Yuriko Gamo Romer
Director of Diamond Diplomacy,
Flying Carp Productions
President, The J. Morey Company, Inc.
President, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles