Masumi Kuwata has spent most of his life in the spotlight of stardom and publicity.

As one of Japan’s all-time outstanding baseball stars, with a 23-year professional career behind him, this 42-year-old from Osaka Prefecture began capturing headlines at the tender age of 15 when he first shone as a pitcher for Osaka-based PL-Gakuen in the national high school baseball tournament held annually at Hyogo’s Hanshin Koshien Stadium — popularly known as the “Koshien.”

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