Tennis star Naomi Osaka will throw the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday evening’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Los Angeles Angels game at Dodger Stadium in connection with Japan Night.
Japan Night activities will also include a pregame performance by the guitarist MIYAVI, who will also perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The a cappella group Grateful Four will perform “Kimigayo,” Japan’s national anthem.
There will be a performance by Taiko drummers in the Right Field Plaza before the game. The 2018 Nisei Week Court will be recognized.
Osaka was the women’s singles champion at Wimbledon in 2018 and the Australian Open in January. She was first in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings from Jan. 28-June 23.
The Military Hero of the Game will be Fernando Joseph Sosa Masuda, a corporal with the U.S. Army’s 442nd Infantry Regiment during World War II. Masuda enlisted in 1944 after graduating from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.
The 442nd Regiment, which was composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry, is the most decorated unit in U.S. military history, receiving more than 18,000 awards in less than two years, including 9,486 Purple Hearts and 4,000 Bronze Star medals.
The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations, including five earned in one month. Twenty-one were awarded Medals of Honor, the nation’s highest and most prestigious personal military honor.
The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded in 2010 to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and associated units who served during World War II.
All surviving members were made knights of the French Legion d’Honneur in 2012 for their actions contributing to the liberation of France and their rescue of the Lost Battalion.