The Softbank Hawks announced that Arihito Muramatsu was returning to the team as a scout after retiring this season.
They also announced the following other changes:
Promotion of Assistant chief scout Masaru Nagayama to Chief scout.
Ni-gun battery coach Masanori Taguchi was reassigned to a scouting role.
Reassignment of Team development advisor Shigeru Ishiwata to Assistant to chief of team and player development / domestic chief.