The steering committee for the 84th Spring Koshien met today and officially decided to make AKB48's Everyday, Kachusha (Ｅｖｅｒｙｄａｙ、カチューシャ) this year's introduction song during the opening ceremonies.
A list of the introduction songs from the last ten tournaments (via Nikkan Sports):
2010 「Ｍｙ Ｂｅｓｔ Ｏｆ Ｍｙ Ｌｉｆｅ」（Ｓｕｐｅｒｆｌｙ）
UPDATE @ 7:41pm - The committee also approved the list of 123 high school candidates and nine 21st Century candidates. A final list of schools will be decided during a selection committee meeting on 1/27.
UPDATE @ 9:42pm - Some other things that were decided:
- The slogan will remain the same as last year: Gambaro! Nippon (がんばろう！日本). A banner with the same phrase, currently on display at the Ishinomaki City offices, will be used during opening ceremonies.
- Elementary/Junior High School kids from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima will throw out ceremonial first pitches on 3/24.
- Donations for children that lost parents to the earthquake will be collected during the tournament.
- Messages written to earthquake survivors by captains from each of the participating schools will also be put up on display.
UPDATE @ 10:57am - Daily Sports is reporting that AKB48 could be invited to the opening ceremonies.