Well I'll be honest I'm no die hard baseball fan or season ticket holder. But every Japanese had pride in the Mariners since at one point (2002-2003) they had at once 3 Japanese players on the roster. Ichiro Suzuki, Kazuhiro Sasaki, and Shigetoshi Hasegawa. And the Mariners had Mac Suzuki, Masao Kida, and currently have Kenji Johjima.
I may be lacking research, but my quick tally puts the Mariners on top at having the most Japanese players in their franchise at 6 players, (3 at one time) with the Boston Red Sox at 5 players.
Would it be a coincidence then that the Mariners get Wakamatsu as a manager? I think its almost warranted...finally.