Samurai Japan To Play MLB All-Stars In November

Samurai Japan at 2013 World Baseball Classic

Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki revealed Thursday that the Japanese national baseball team will play a five-game series against Major League Baseball stars in November.

“We are planning Japan-U.S. games. It’s something one might call a test of strength,” the new NPB commissioner told a press conference at the National Press Center in Tokyo.

Nicknamed “Samurai Japan” – the Japan national baseball team is one of the more successful baseball teams in the world, having won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

Major League All-Star squads have toured Japan in previous years to play exhibition games against NPB All-Stars. However, Japan will be represented by its national team this year under new skipper Hiroki Kokubo.

Photo: Japan National Team / Trevor Grieve / (CC BY 3.0)