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Former President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch for a baseball game in Japan Tuesday during his first visit since he left office.

Mr. Bush joined former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to watch the game between the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters.

Mr. Bush changed into a baseball jacket before taking the mound in the Tokyo Dome to throw the pitch before Game 3 of the Japan Series.

He chatted briefly with several players before joining Mr. Koizumi in a private box.  Also in the box were Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh and U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos.

The Japan Series is the country's baseball championship, much like North America's World Series.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.