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Japan-America Youth Baseball Camp 2005


  Program Date:   July 12-22, 2005  
  Application Due:   N/A
  Location:   Tokyo, Chiba, Asahikawa & Sapporo, Japan
  Program Type:   Cultural Exchange
  Contact:   National Association of Japan-America Societies
Tel: 202-429-5545
Email: contact@us-japan.org

   
 
*Major funding for this program has come from the Freeman Foundation for two consecutive years. NAJAS deeply thanks the Foundation for their generosity. We are also deeply appreciative for the contributions made by both professional and amature baseball-related organizations in Japan and the U.S.
       
 

This program is made possible in part by ANA-All Nippon Airways. NAJAS would like to thank for their generous and continuous support.

ANA-All Nippon Airways

 

The Tokyo portion of the program is organized and sponsored by Major League Baseball, Japan.

MLB


  Program Report Summary    
       
 

Click here for a full program report (PDF: 4.02 MB)

Following the success of the program in 2004, NAJAS, in cooperation with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, established a two-week baseball camp tour for American and Japanese boys aged 13 to 15 to be held in Hokkaido, Japan. The American contingent also traveled to Tokyo and Chiba to take part in events hosted by the Nippon Professional Baseball teams. The purpose of the camp was to provide baseball instruction and a cross-cultural experience, and to encourage young baseball players to learn more about each other and each other's countries.

Ten American baseball players along with two coaches were selected from the Phoenix area by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The selection criteria were based not only on the candidates' baseball skills, but also on their interest in having a cross-cultural experience. Seven baseball teams, one in Tokyo, two in Asahikawa, and four in Sapporo, participated in various baseball-related activities. In Asahikawa and Sapporo, Japanese players were chosen not only for their interest in baseball, but also for their families' willingness to host the American boys in their respective cities.

  MLB D-backs Training Centers Fighters



Click here for a full program report (PDF: 4.02 MB)



 
 
 
 
Day 1 - July 11th in Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 
 
Day 4 - July 14th in Chiba
 
     
 
 
 
Day 5 - July 15th in Tokyo
 
     
 
 
 
Day 6- July 16th in Hokkaido
 
     
 
 
 
Day 9- July 19th in Hokkaido
 
       
 

 

   
  Baseball Camp 2005 Overview    
       
 

Following the success of the program in 2004, the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) is preparing the second round of the baseball camp exchange between American and Japanese teenagers, as well as coaches. This program is conducted in cooperation with the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and the Major League Baseball Japan.

 

The purpose of the camp is to provide baseball instruction, cross-cultural education for the campers, and to encourage Japanese teenage boys to learn more about America and American teenagers to learn more about Japan.

This year, it will be a reciprocal program from 2004, and a group of ball players and coaches will be traveling to Hokkaido, Japan to participate in baseball camps and various events hosted by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. There will also be a few days in Tokyo where the group will be hosted by some Japanese Professional baseball teams, arranged by Major League Baseball, Japan.

Click here for MLB Press Release in English (PDF: 62KB)

Click here for MLB Press Release in Japanese (PDF: 62KB)

Baseball, rich in the history of the U.S.-Japan relationship, provides an excellent platform for teenagers of the two countries to be exposed to another culture. Cross-cultural interactions are an important function of international relations, and if we are to strengthen our bilateral relationship for future cooperation, it may well begin on the baseball diamond.

 
See Program Report from Baseball Camp 2004!!
 
 
 
Meeting at the Bank One Ball Park with the Diamondbacks Training Centers staff and coaches, as well as program participants in the 2004 program in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2005.

 

Dinner in Tokyo on July 14 will be provided by:

Outback Steakhouse

 

 

 

McDonald's Company(Japan), Ltd.

McDonald's Company(Japan), Ltd.

 

 
Program Information in Japanese
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
  MLB D-backs Training Centers Fighters
       
 
  Supporting Organizations  
     
 

Baseball-related Organizations:

  • Major League Baseball, Japan
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers
  • The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  • The Tokyo Yomiuri Giants
  • The Chiba Lotte Marines
  • Hokkaido Baseball Assoication
  • Japan Pony Baseball Association
  • Hokkaido Sun League Federation of All Japan Young Hardball League
  • Hokkaido Little Senior Federation of All Japan Little Baseball Association

Japan-America Societies:

  • National Association of Japan-America Societies
  • Japan-America Society of Arizona
  • Japan-America Society of Hokkaido

Government:

  • U.S. Embassy of Japan
  • U.S. Consulate General, Sapporo
  • Hokkaido Prefecture Government
  • City of Sapporo Municipal Government

Program Sponsors:

  • The Freeman Foundation
  • ANA-All Nippon Airways
  • Major League Baseball Japan
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers
  • The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • McDonald's Company(Japan), Ltd.
 

     
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