Pitcher Junichi Tazawa Plays for Charity This Season

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ENEOS Partner Promotion Will Tie In Number of Red Sox Game Appearances to Donation Amount; Participate in Community Service Project

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“We are happy to once again support our long-time partner Junichi Tazawa, this time with the ideal of helping the community as well as celebrating his participation in baseball,” said Motoshi Sunami, President and CEO of JX Nippon Oil & Energy USA Inc.

Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa and JX Nippon Oil & Energy, USA (JX) brand ENEOS have joined together for a promotion to benefit the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The promotion will focus on the number of games in which Tazawa enters during the current season.

For the “Tazawa Plays for Charity” promotion, ENEOS will donate an amount in Tazawa’s honor to the Red Sox Foundation for each game entrance. In addition to the game entrance donation, ENEOS will also join forces with the Red Sox Foundation to give back to the residents of Boston on behalf of Tazawa by coordinating a community service project at McKinley Middle School in Boston on Monday, August 17th, between 10am - 2pm. The McKinley Middle School provides special education for children in the Boston Public School system.

For the service project, ENEOS and Red Sox Foundation volunteers (including Red Sox Scholars, RBI players, Red Sox Foundation staff and Red Sox Nation volunteers) will be working with inner-city children to paint a mural inside the school. After the mural painting, participants are invited to attend the night game of the Boston Red Sox.

“We are happy to once again support our long-time partner Junichi Tazawa, this time with the ideal of helping the community as well as celebrating his participation in baseball,” said Motoshi Sunami, President and CEO of JX Nippon Oil & Energy USA Inc. “The Red Sox Foundation is a fantastic charity doing good work on behalf of fans around the world.”

“The Red Sox Foundation would like to thank ENEOS for their generous donation in helping the children and families of New England,” adds Gena Borson, Executive Director of the Boston Red Sox Foundation. “We're proud to collaborate with ENEOS and Mr. Tazawa in this generous charitable endeavor.”

“I am very honored to play a part in helping the Red Sox Foundation and ENEOS in this promotion,” reports Junichi Tazawa. “It’s always great to help out in any way we can and I feel grateful that our work will especially help out the youth of our local communities.”

As of the day of this release, Tazawa has entered 49 games. In 2014, he entered 71 total games.

About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $68 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on five cornerstone programs: the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students; the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 80,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation’s Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever “MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.” In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation’s “Best Team Charity in Sports.” For more information about the foundation, visit redsoxfoundation.org.

The Brand: ENEOS
ENEOS is the brand name for premium synthetic oil products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality automotive lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products are on the cutting edge of base oil and additive technologies, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufacturers. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles. View more about ENEOS and JX Nippon Oil & Energy.

About ENEOS Products
Products made by ENEOS include premium synthetic motor oils, transmission fluids, and gear oil. View more about ENEOS Products.

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About ENEOS and Baseball
ENEOS Motor Oil is the proud partner of the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Junichi Tazawa. The Red Sox sponsorship began with 2015 season spring training, and will include the classic orange swirls of the ENEOS logo on the video boards of historic Fenway Park. JX Nippon Oil & Energy, parent company to ENEOS, has a long tradition of supporting baseball in Japan, including their team JX-ENEOS, which recently achieved its 11th winning season. Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa previously played on the JX-ENEOS team. JX Nippon Oil & Energy also sponsored the Women's Baseball World Cup as the title sponsor, and consistently support Japanese women's and disabled players' baseball leagues. View more information about ENEOS Baseball Partnerships

About ENEOS Racing
Beginning in 2000, ENEOS began formulating, supplying and sponsoring Honda’s Formula 1 racing team. In addition to its products being used in numerous racing series, ENEOS currently sponsors racing teams in series across the globe. Sponsored teams include: Rookie of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014) Kyle Larson (with Chip Ganassi Racing) for NASCAR’s Xfinity Series; lifelong award-winning racer Steve Arpin (with Chip Ganassi Racing) in Global Rallycross; Shane Stewart of Larson Marks Racing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series; Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS in Super GT; the Yamaha Factory Racing team in Moto GP; and Akinori Ogata in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East & NASCAR Camping World Track Series. View more information about ENEOS Racing

About JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation is a fully integrated petroleum products company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. JX offers petroleum products and services throughout the world. Through partnerships with world class customers, JX produces technologically advanced motor oils and transmission fluids that reduce carbon emissions, improve fuel economy and reduce wear on critical components. For more information please visit http://www.noe.jx-group.co.jp/english/

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