NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato spoke to reporters on Friday and mentioned his plans to celebrate the NPB's 80th anniversary in 2014 by opening the season in the US with one of Japan's oldest rivalries, the Yomiuri Giants vs the Hanshin Tigers.
"It would be nice if we can pull it off," said Kato. "Once a year, [I want to do something for fans] that will keep their interest going. Up until now, the MLB has been the one to come to Japan, but I hear Japanese baseball has a high value as a product in the US. If we play games over there, [the NPB] might become popular."