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Thursday, 3rd January 2013
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Japan/Scotland cricket match to raise funds for tsunami victims

A programme established by the Japan Cricket Association to help victims of the tsunami and earthquake will see an arguably unlikely match take place between the East Asian nation and Scotland.

Alex Miyaji, head of the association, set up Cricket for Smiles in a bid to raise money for those still affected by the disaster which killed 19,000 people in 2011.

The organisation has joined forces with the Scottish Conservatives in a drive to help with donations of equipment for the games.

Member of the Scottish Parliament Alex Johnstone praised Mr Miyaji's efforts in putting together the initiative.

He said: "Mr Miyaji has done a magnificent job, not only of promoting cricket as a sport in Japan, but also charity work with those affected by the disaster.

"This is another important step in raising the profile of the charity’s work." 
The national cricket team of Japan has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005.

Written by Graham McPherson