Cricket isn’t exactly a raging sport in Japan, with only around 5,000 active players, but a charity drive set up by the head of the Japan Cricket Association to help those affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster will see the national team playing in Scotland this year. The Cricket for Smiles drive was set up by Alex Miyaji, the leader of the Japanese association for the sport who happens to be part Scottish himself.
The Japanese national team will head to Scotland to play several matches in early May of this year. The Scottish Conservatives are also working with the Cricket for Smiles organization in order to collect equipment donations. Miyaji has been praised for his charity work for those still trying to recover from the natural disasters, as well as for his efforts in trying to promote the sport of cricket in Japan.
By making the trip to Scotland for the friendly matches, both sides are hoping to increase the awareness of the Cricket for Smiles program. The sporting equipment to go to Japan is intended to help the more than 1,500 schools who lost their own and were affected in other ways by the devastating tsunami. The Scottish events are also being scheduled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the introduction of the sport of cricket to Japan.
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