The Hawks' chief of player development, Itaru Kobayashi, apparently would like to start a Winter League in Okinawa. Said Kobayashi, "I've told the NPB and the JPBPA about the idea and they all thinks it's interesting. I even suggested it to the mayor of Naha. I'd like to work towards making it happen next year."
Ideally, each club would send players to Okinawa sometime in November for a four team league.
Added Kobayashi, "If we do this in Japan, players from other countries like Taiwai, Korea, and Australia might come. And there's also also a lack of sports [to watch] in December and January."