The Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) announced that beginning next year, the first round of the Industrial League Championships be played at venues other than the Kyocera Dome.
The current proposal would split next year's first round games (10/30, 31) into 4 regions: Kanto, Tokia, Kinki, and Chugoku. The rest of the tournament (11/9-11/14) would then be played out at Kyocera Dome.
Also under consideration by JABA:
allowing the champion of the Intercity Baseball Tournament to participate in the following year's tournament.
decreasing the number of reinforcement players* allowed per roster during the Intercity Baseball Tournament from 5 to 3.
*Reinforcement players (補強選手) - the winner of each regional tournament is allowed to "rent" up to 5 players (current rule) from losing teams in their region. The idea behind this is to allow players the opportunity to get a taste of victory despite their team losing out at the regionals.