Having spent a number of years living and working in Japan and being a big Japanese baseball fan, I found this book both entertaining and educational. Whiting has taken baseball, something both cultures understand, and shown how different both the USA and Japan treat their national past time. I highly recommend the book to anyone not just interested in baseball, but also Japan-US relations. This book was released before the recent influx of Japanese pitchers into the major leagues (Irabu, Nomo, Hasegawa, Yoshii). With their successes in the big leagues it shows that Japanese players can compete with any in the world.