The Business and Diplomacy of Baseball in U.S.-Japan Relations

Jan 10, 2020


Hear Japan-US relations experts discuss the importance and impact of baseball on diplomacy in U.S.-Japan relations in Dallas, TX.


February 13, 2020
11:30-3:00 PM CST

Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
14901 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75234

$45 Members
$55 Public
$75 New Membership + Ticket

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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 Kitahiroshima, near 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.



11:30-12:00 PM Registration & Networking
12:00-1:30 PM Luncheon Program & Panel Session
2:00-3:30 PM Afternoon Panel Session





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


Dr. Hiroki Takeuchi (moderator)

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia in the Tower Center, Southern Methodist University

Supported By

The Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

National Association of Japan America Societies

Lead Sponsors

The Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.

National Association of Japan America Societies

Airline Sponsor

American Airlines

Additional Support



In Collaboration With

The Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at Southern Methodist University's Tower Center for Political Studies


Cooperating Organization

The City of Addison's Office of Economic Development

Dallas Japanese Association

JETRO Houston