Japan’s consul general based in Atlanta, Kazuo Sunaga, is to throw the first pitch at the Braves versus Cincinnati Reds baseball game at Turner Field on Asian Heritage Night Friday, April 25.

He also is to receive a personalized Atlanta Braves jersey at a pre-game reception. In addition, there will be a pre-game parade and performances by Asian performing artists.

Mr. Sunaga is to be the third Japanese consul general to throw out the first pitch at a Braves game.

Shoji Ogawa threw out the first ball in 2007 at a Braves-Red Sox game and Takuji Hanatani threw out the ball in 2009 at a Braves-Chicago Cubs game.

Mr. Sunaga has been practicing his pitch with Consul Toshinori Matsuda, who played baseball in high school while in Japan on a team that competed in a national high school tournament at the Koshien stadium in Osaka.

Tickets may be purchased through the Japan-America Society of Georgia, which is organizing the event, or directly through the Braves at www.braves.com/asianheritage.

For more information, call Yoshi Domoto, executive director of the society, at 404-842-1400 or send an email to Natalie Galvin in the Braves organization by email at Natalie.Galvin@braves.com

To see a Global Atlanta video of Consul General Ogawa’s pitch in 2007, click here.

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