The NPB announced that there will be another Japan - Korea Championship game this year held -- the game will take place on 11/13 at the Tokyo Dome. The championship got its start last year when the Asia Series was canceled (due to financial troubles). There were discussions to reopen the Asia Series again this year, but with the Asia Games taking place at about the same time, plans for series were put off until next year.
The NPB also showed off a sample of the new ball all NPB teams will be using next season (manufactured by Mizuno). The new ball supposedly won't carry a much as the baseballs currently in use. Should be interesting to see how the power numbers drop next year due to the new ball.