The NPB's Chief Umpire, Osamu Ino, attended the first day of the MLB Umpire's Meetings on the 17th in Scottsdale, Arizona.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig opened the morning session with a greeting and in the afternoon, a training session took place at a baseball field.
"I saw lively discussions take place amongst umpires that were full of energy, " said Ino. "I'd like to try something similar in Japan."
Regarding the merging of the umpires in the NPB this year, Ino said, "We need to do the same in Japan and get everyone on the same page. In order to accomplish that, I want to ask [for advice on what can be done]. I'm really looking forward to [these meetings]."
The MLB Umpire's Meetings will continue for another two more days.