On February 17, 2014, Funai Electric Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter :”Funai Electric”, Headquarters: Daito, Osaka; President and CEO: Yoshikazu Uemura), announced they have signed a partnership agreement with the major league U. S. baseball team the Boston Red Sox. Funai Electric has also made a charitable contribution to the U.S./Japan Youth Baseball Exchange program.
Pitchers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa who greatly contributed to the last championship for the Red Sox, attracted tremendous media attention in Japan as well as the United States.
A large contingent of Japanese media is expected to cover these pitchers.
By entering this new partnership agreement, Funai Electric and the Boston Red Sox expect to establish and increase recognition for their corporate brand name in both Japan and the United States.
1. A charitable contribution of U.S./Japan Youth Baseball Exchange program
Twelve Japanese boys will visit Boston for 12 days (date to be determined). The program allows children from Japan and the U.S to visit each other’s homelands and explore their customs and culture through their shared love of baseball. A friendly match with local youth baseball teams will be held this summer. Funai Electric was the presenting sponsor of this event for five years (from 2008-2012) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
2. The Partnership Agreement
The Funai logo will be displayed on the signboard at the spring training camp, the background board that will be used for interviews with the media and the bottom signboard of the back-net at Fenway Park. Funai will also be advertising in the Boston Red Sox magazine.
About Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
Funai Electric Co., Ltd. was established in 1961, and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. Funai is listed in the Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (6839). Funai is a leading manufacturer of LCD TV’s, DVD players/Blu-rays and related peripherals as well as printers, audio accessories and antennas. Funai manufactures under the FUNAI brand as well as other brands in the global consumer electronics market. Funai is well known as a major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and supplier.
Funai products are sold by its sales subsidiaries, Funai Corporation, P&F USA for North America, P&F MEXICANA for Central/South America and other Funai Sales and Marketing companies throughout Asia and Europe.
Funai products have a strong and solid reputation in global markets for their quality and reasonable prices.
ABOUT THE BOSTON RED SOX
The Boston Red Sox, a member of the Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division was founded in 1901, as one of the American League’s 8 charter franchises. The Red Sox have been one of the most successful major league teams over the last several decades, on and off the field. The team has a .540 winning percentage beginning in 1969, second best among the 30 MLB teams in that period. They have produced nine consecutive winning seasons, and have advanced to post-season play in three of the last four years. The Red Sox play their home games at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” Fenway Park, where the team has established attendance records for each of the last seven years. Active in the community, the Red Sox Foundation is recognized as the largest sports foundation in New England.
ABOUT RED SOX FOUNDATION
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on our cornerstone programs, including the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students. and the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball program serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress disorders and traumatic brain injury, The Dimock Center in Roxbury and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
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