BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.2098@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20091202T000000Z DTEND:20091202T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>Speaker:&nbsp\;</strong><strong>Robert Whiting</strong> \, Journalist\n<strong>Moderator:</strong>&nbsp\;<strong>Ikei Masaru</stro ng>\, Professor Emeritus\, Keio University\n\n<strong>Admission</strong>: Free&nbsp\;\n<strong>Language:</strong>&nbsp\;English (no Japanese transla tion provided)\n\nOn the occasion of the publication of the new\, updated version of his best-selling&nbsp\;<em>You Gotta Have Wa</em>\,&nbsp\;Mr. R obert Whiting will talk about the recent changes that can be observed in U .S.-Japan relations through the lens of baseball. He will analyze the mean ing of the World Baseball Classic\, Japanese players such as Ichiro and Da isuke Matsuzaka making their mark in the major leagues\, and the role of f oreign players/managers in Japanese baseball\, with a special focus on Bob by Valentine and Trey Hillman.\n\nMr. Whiting first came to Japan in 1962. After graduating from Sophia University with a degree in Japanese politic s\, he worked for Britannica Japan. He has lived in Japan for 31 years. Hi s first book\,&nbsp\;<em>The Chrysanthemum and the Bat</em>&nbsp\;(Dodd Me ad\, 1977)\, was chosen by&nbsp\;<em>Time</em>&nbsp\;as the best sports bo ok of the year. Mr. Whiting is the author of several highly acclaimed book s on contemporary Japan\, including<em>&nbsp\;You Gotta Have Wa</em>&nbsp\ ;(MacMillan\, 1989\; Vintage\, 2009)\;&nbsp\;<em>Tokyo Underworld</em>&nbs p\;(Pantheon\, 1999)\, which describes organized crime in Japan and examin es the corrupt side of the Japan-US relationship\; and&nbsp\;<em>The Samur ai Way of Baseball</em>&nbsp\;(Warner Books\, 2005)\, which describes the impact on U.S. baseball of the outfielder Ichiro of the Seattle Mariners a nd other Japanese stars.\n\n<a href="http://www.i-house.or.jp/en/ProgramAc tivities/japan_ihj/index.htm" target="_blank">Visit the website to registe r &gt\;&gt\;</a>\n SUMMARY:U.S.-Japan Relations Seen through the Lens of Baseball: The Meaning of Ichiro\, Dice-K and Bobby V URL:/en/events/2009/12/02/us-japan-relations-seen-through-the-lens-of-base/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR