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Kaitokudo for the 21st Century i-spot LECTURE -- Lecture by HIROTA Makoto: "Osaka Corporations and the History of Professional Baseball -- Focusing on the role of private railways"

2014-9-8 (Mon) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Working together, Osaka University and Osaka City endeavor to provide citizens with small lectures in an "at home" atmosphere. Making use of its scholarship in various fields, Osaka University promotes the sharing of its learning with citizens, thereby contributing to the revitalization of local communities. The themes for these 2 i-spot lecture series are "Various aspects of society" and "Artifacts, past and present." There is no charge for attending, so please feel free to come!

This first "Various aspects of society" lecture is entitled "Osaka Corporations and the History of Professional Baseball -- Focusing on the role of private railways."

Lecturer: HIROTA Makoto, Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University

Overview of content:

In the Kansai, the "Kingdom of Private Railways" as it's called, not only did the privately run railway corporations overwhelm the [former] National Railway corporation, but 4 of the 5 companies (Nankai, Hanshin, Keihan, Kintetsu, and Hankyu), 3 of which were established before WWII, possess baseball teams, a development which contributed to the growth of professional baseball [in Japan]. This lecture will make clear the role played, particularly by Osaka railway corporations, in the development of professional baseball, especially the establishment and maintenance problems of stadiums, comparing Osaka developments with what took place in the greater Tokyo area.

Date & Time: Monday, September 8 -- 6:30 ~ 8:00 p.m.

Venue: i-spot, 2nd F, Yodoya-bashi Odona, 4-1-1 Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

There is no charge for attending this event.
The capacity for this lecture is limited; approximately 30.

Advance application is required: Please send (1) name of this lecture, (2) your name, (3) age, (4) telephone number. Application may be made by email or FAX.

Application will be accepted: beginning Friday, August 8

For more information or questions, contact:

i-spot -- Tel & FAX: 06-4866-6803, email: (Applications by telephone can only be accepted Monday~ Friday from 11:00 a.m. ~ 9:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 ~ 5:00 p.m.)

Date: 2014-9-8 (Mon) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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