Although well-organized and relatively known in Japan, professional sports leagues only came into existence within the past 25 years (with the notable exception of professional baseball). The J.League, Japan's first professional association football league, emerged in 1992, and the B.League in 2016 (upon the merger of the bj league and the National Basketball League).
The man who was involved in the creation of both leagues is Mr. Saburo Kawabuchi, who has a storied athletic career spanning from participating in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, playing in the Japan Soccer League, and managing the Japan national football team. In his post-athletic career, Mr. Kawabuchi was the first chairman of the J.League, president of the Japan Football Association from 2002-2008, and President of the Japan Basketball Association from 2015-2016.
We are delighted to have the pleasure of hosting Mr. Kawabuchi, a pivotal figure in Japanese professional sports, who will discuss his inspiring story, as well as the genesis and development of the J.League and the B.League.
Be sure not to miss this opportunity!
Peter Jennings, Jonathan Kushner, Co-Chairs
Phillip Rubel, Roy Tomizawa, Megumi Tsukamoto, David Wouters, Vice Chairs
Jonathan Kushner, Board Liaison
ACCJ Olympics and Sports Business Committee
Timothy Connor, Ruth Marie Jarman, Aron Kremer, Robert Melson, Co-Chairs
Debbie Howard, Board Liaison
ACCJ Special Events Committee
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NOTE 4: This event will be held in Japanese. Simultaneous interpretation to English will be available.
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