The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) held the first hands on symposium where professional players got the chance to coach high school baseball players on the field. Up until today, these symposiums, part of the JPBPA's Yume no Muko project, took place on stages inside high school gymnasiums.
Two session were held: a two-hour session in the morning and a two-hour session in the afternoon. A total 459 players from 47 Miyazaki high schools attended.
From the Yomiuri Giants - Michihiro Ogasawara, Kazunari Sanematsu, Yoshiyuki Kamei, Daijiro Tanaka, Tetsuya Matsumoto, Itaru Hashimoto, and Ryuichi Kajimae.
From the Softbank Hawks - Yuki Kume, Sho Iwasaki, Sho Arima, and Kentaro Inomoto
UPDATE 1/22 @ 8:05pm - The hands on symposiums will continue after the season and expand even further next year.
Japan Baseball's coaching committee is hosting a three-day seminar on coaching at Makuhari Messe in Chiba (January 20 - January 22). About 300 coaches (from youth leagues to industrial leagues) attended the first day the seminar; Kimiyasu Kudo was also guest speaker.
Umpire Masato Tomoyose left the US to return to Japan on Thursday (US time). Tomoyose was in Arizona attending the MLB Umpire Meetings over a three day period.