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Japan-America Youth Baseball Camp 2006

Program Date:   August 11-22, 2006   BBall Camp
  Application Due:   N/A
  Location:   San Diego & Phoenix
  Program Type:   Cultural Exchange
  Contact:   National Association of Japan-America Societies
Tel: 202-429-5545

*Major funding for this program has come from the Freeman Foundation for three 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 Hokkaido and Yokohama portion of the program is sponsored by Major League Baseball, Japan.


  Program Description  


Click here for 2006 program Report (PDF:929KB)

This summer, for the third year in a row, the Japan-America Youth Baseball Camp will allow American and Japanese boys aged 13 to 15 a chance to participate in a cultural exchange. Two camps will be held, the first between the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the Arizona Diamondbacks from August 11-18, and the second between the San Diego Padres and the Yokohama Bay Stars August 11- 22. The purpose of the camps is to provide baseball instruction and a cross-cultural experience, and to encourage young baseball players to learn more about each other and each others' countries.

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.

Twelve Japanese baseball players have been selected from Yokohama and eight have been selected from Hokkaido by the Asahikawa Baseball Club. The selection criteria were based not only on the candidates' baseball skills, but also on their interest in having a cross-cultural experience.


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