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Education Abroad Office

Japanese Sport Experience

Area: Global Classroom
Location: Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto
Country: Japan
Term: Maymester
Faculty and Staff: Matthew Brown

*Students must speak with Matthew Brown first before completing an application through the Education Abroad Office.*

Course: SPTE 570

Dates: 05/05/2024-05/14/2024

Program Contact: mtbrown@mailbox.sc.edu

Program Description:

During the course of this trip, students will develop advanced knowledge of the professional sport industry in Japan through exposure to various professional sport tournaments (professional baseball, professional soccer, and sumo wrestling). By learning about the history, culture, people, and language of Japan as well as acquiring an understanding of how Japan has become a major player in the Asian sport industry, students will become better acquainted with global sport management practices.

Students will be able to compare and contrast the differences between the sport industry in the US and Japan and also develop an understanding about the role Japanese professional sports play in the Asian and global sport industry. Students will also research information about the trip prior to departure in order to take full advantage of the wealth of opportunities presented by this study abroad experience.

In order to become more aware of Japan and its cultural opportunities, students will develop a basic knowledge of the history and cultural importance of the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto, in general, and specifically as they relate to managing the business of sport. Of particular interest will be exploring how best practices in global sports management have originated in this region. Students spend 3 days in Tokyo learning about Nippon Professional Baseball and the Tokyo Olympic legacy. They will be exposed to industry professionals and academic experts, and then spend 1 day in Osaka, 2 in Hiroshima, 1 in Kyoto, and 2days back in Tokyo exploring sport sites and cultural attractions in order to compare how sport business is practiced within Japan and overall in Asia.

Application Deadline: March 1


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