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Japan-America Youth Baseball Camp 2008

Program Date:   July 25 - August 3, 2008 (Boston)
July 29 - August 8, 2008 (San Diego)
  Application Due:   N/A
  Location:   Boston and San Diego
  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 five 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

  Program Description  


Click here for 2008 program report from San Diego

This summer, for the fifth year in a row, the Japan-America Youth Baseball Camp will allow American and Japanese boys aged 13 to 14 a chance to participate in a cultural exchange. 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.

For Boston, twelve Japanese baseball players have been selected; six players are from Kyoto and six are from Chiba. For San Diego, twelve players have been selected from Yokohama. 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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