Japan riveted as beloved baseball team and star player compete in Thunder Bay

Kotaro Kiyomiya
Eighteen-year-old Japanese baseball star Kotaro Kiyomiya is surrounded by reporters after a game at Port Arthur Stadium during the U18 Baseball World Cup. “This happens on a regular basis,” he told CBC through an interpreter.

You may never have heard of Kotaro Kiyomiya, but the 18-year-old member of the Japanese team at the U18 Baseball World Cup is a celebrity in his homeland. More than 50 members of the Japanese media are in Thunder Bay, documenting his every move, including his brief interview with CBC.

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