A Shared Love of the Game


Masanori “Mashi” Murakami (wearing suit) celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Major League Baseball debut at San Francisco’s AT&T Park during Japanese American Heritage Night in 2014. He was joined by Kerry Yo Nakagawa of the Nisei Baseball Research Project.

Masanori “Mashi” Murakami (wearing suit) celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Major League Baseball debut at San Francisco’s AT&T Park during Japanese American Heritage Night in 2014. He was joined by Kerry Yo Nakagawa of the Nisei Baseball Research Project.


SAN FRANCISCO — Did you know that baseball is both a national pastime and the number one sport in Japan? And that in 1964, the first Japanese to play Major League Baseball was Masanori Murakami?

“Diamond Diplomacy,” a new documentary now in production, is about U.S.-Japan relations through a shared love of baseball. It looks at how sports, although generally competitive, can build bridges and foster friendships internationally.