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Did You Know? Unknown Facts About Japan

Here is a look at Japan’s interaction with people of the African Diaspora. This video covers information on 7th, 12th, 16th, 18th and 20th Century contact with Africans and Black Americans; African samurais, Japanese that were sold into slavery, the first American to set foot in Japan, and also the influence of the Negro Leagues… Keep Reading

Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

It is time to bring to light long-ignored Japanese readings of African American history, literature, and struggle and investigate why the story of Japanese interactions with African Americans has been muted rather than celebrated. Keep Reading

42 – The Jackie Robinson Story – Japan Roadshow

Via Jackie Penn: Some of you may remember my non-journalistic review of the movie 42 (Jackie Robinson Dodgers jersey number). The movie opened this weekend in JAPAN. I ask your support and request that you see the movie. Please ask your friends and family to do the same. A personal, and professional, friend of Darryl… Keep Reading

Former Lotte, Hanshin and MLB Pitcher Hideki Irabu Commits Suicide

Here is the latest on the former Chiba Lotte Marines and Hanshin Tigers pitcher Hideki Irabu suicide: [Via Hardball Takl] Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday.  The initial reports came from the Japanese paper, Asahi Shimbum, and his death has since been confirmed by the New York Yankees. Suicide… Keep Reading

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Negro Leaguers in Japan

  I wanted to outline a couple of connections between the Negro Leagues and Japanese baseball that aren’t (I think) all that well-known. First: for decades, the standard story about the rise of professional baseball in Japan has credited a 1934 tour of Japan by major league all stars, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig,… Keep Reading

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