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Nomo's American Debut

Of course, being on this side of the ocean I only heard from my colleagues back in Japan that some people did think he was a traitor to Japanese baseball, but on the other hand, there were a few people that said “Hey, go for it.” If he can make it, it’d be great for both American and Japanese baseball.

But…I remember that he debuted in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park – no longer Candlestick Park but – the first game he pitched, it was May two-thousand…1995 and there were two-hundred Japanese accredited media. Now, I heard this from Maria, who’s still with the San Francisco Giants, and she said that she declined a couple dozen others. So that was how interested all of Japan was. That game…there was no win, no loss for him. He pitched a few innings, but he was able to strike out a few Giants.


baseball Hideo Nomo Japan United States

Date: December 20, 2013

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Mark Langill

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Margaret Narumi, Producer at NHK Cosmomedia America, Inc., in Santa Monica, California, for two decades has produced broadcasts to Japan of Major League Baseball in the United States, featuring Japanese players such as Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui and Yu Darvish. Her interview for Discover Nikkei was conducted in both English and Japanese as part of a documentary on Hideo Nomo for the Japanese American National Museum exhibit, Dodgers—Brotherhood of the Game. (September 2014)

Edward Toru Horikiri
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Edward Toru Horikiri

Longing to be an imperial soldier as a youth (Japanese)

(b. 1929) Kibei Nisei

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Acey Kohrogi
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Acey Kohrogi

Welcoming Nomo

Former Director of Asian Operations for Los Angeles Dodgers

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Acey Kohrogi
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Acey Kohrogi

Nomo's impact on later Japanese players

Former Director of Asian Operations for Los Angeles Dodgers

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Acey Kohrogi
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Acey Kohrogi

Nomo's personality

Former Director of Asian Operations for Los Angeles Dodgers

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Acey Kohrogi
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Acey Kohrogi

Nomo attendance boost

Former Director of Asian Operations for Los Angeles Dodgers

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Acey Kohrogi
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Acey Kohrogi

Dodgers relationship with Japan

Former Director of Asian Operations for Los Angeles Dodgers

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Acey Kohrogi
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Acey Kohrogi

Walter O’Malley’s philosophy

Former Director of Asian Operations for Los Angeles Dodgers

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Jean Hamako Schneider
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Jean Hamako Schneider

Why I’m glad I immigrated to America (Japanese)

(b. 1925) War bride

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Takeo Uesugi
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Takeo Uesugi

Returning to Japan after studying in New York

(1940-2016) Issei Landscape Architect

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Takeo Uesugi
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Takeo Uesugi

Decision to remain in the US and become an American citizen

(1940-2016) Issei Landscape Architect

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

Moved to Japan as my dekasegi father called on me (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

The difference between Nikkei community in Oizumi and Brazil (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

Oizumi-machi is my hometown (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota
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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota

The reason why he immigrated to Japan (Portuguese)

(b. 1962) Japanese Brazilian owner of a Brazilian products store in Japan.

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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota
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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota

Advantages of living in Japan (Portuguese)

(b. 1962) Japanese Brazilian owner of a Brazilian products store in Japan.

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