Final Score: Japan 5, Brazil 3.
World Baseball Conflict of the Game: Mass Japanese emigration to Brazil throughout history, and how that’s actually a secret government operation to win the WBC for a third time.
Outside of Japan, Brazil hosts the largest Japanese population in the world. Since 1908 the Japanese have been emigrating to this South American nation to achieve a better life. They have assimilated into Brazilian culture and are now a major part of the society, totaling around 1.5 million in number in the year 2000. Yes, Japan and Brazil are on great terms.
Until you realize that Japan is actually manipulating the Brazilian people in order to get their trust and take advantage.
Japan cares tremendously about the World Baseball Classic. They have fielded a team that won the competition in both 2006 and 2009. But without stars like Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish on the team this year, the defending champions were worried. They wanted that third win…but how would they get it?
Well having perfected time travel (source needed), Japan decided to go back in time and facilitate a mass exodus of Japanese people to Brazil so that they would have moles within the Brazilian organization to aid Japan in victory.
And look at Brazil’s lineup: Daniel Matsumoto. Reinaldo Sato. Pedro Okuda. The Japanese influence was obvious, yet the Brazilians were oblivious.
Japan’s plan was confirmed in my estimation when Brazilian reliever Oscar Nakaoshi gave up the deciding two runs in relief, taking the loss and aiding Japan in getting a victory. A victory for time travel, but a loss for morality.
I always knew they were stealthy (source: ninjas), but never knew an operation could be this detailed, this dubious, and this Brazilian.