Barça’s visit to Japan has raised plenty of media interest, with the local press and television keen to use the presence of the team in Tokyo as a chance to speak to its representatives, and especially club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Tokyo TV, the biggest TV channel in the Japanese capital, as well as Nihon TV, were among them. Nikkei, one of the company’s leading newspapers, and Nikkei Business magazine also spent time speaking to Bartomeu, as did one of Japan’s most important sports dailies, Kyodo News.
In all of the interviews, the Barça president has focused his words on explaining the club’s most strategic projects and the reasons why it is viewed as ‘more than a club’. He also told the press why Barça is visiting Japan, about the club’s corporate area and the also the exciting new addition to the Barça B roster, Japanese forward Hiroki Abe.
But it is not only Bartomeu who has been chatting to the Japanese media. First vice-president primer of Barça responsible for the Barça Foundation, Jordi Cardoner, was interviewed by newspaper Asashi Shimbun, as well as Bunshun, one of the country’s most visited websites.
Cardoner spoke about what the Foundation is doing to help children at risk all around the world through various programmes focused on assisting refugees, combatting bullying, preventing youth violence, fostering diversity and benefitting paediatric wellbeing.
Naturally, the first team footballers have also been getting plenty of media attention. Sergio Busquets, Marc-André ter Stegen and Hiroke Abe are among the stars that the Japanese media has been talking to.