Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture want an NPB team. As part of their efforts to show that their prefecture deserves one, they held two student baseball games at Kusanagi Baseball Stadium earlier today. A baseball clinic, featuring former pro yakyu players Zenjiro Tadokoro and Seiichi Uematsu, was also held after the game.
Back on February 1, MSN's Sankei News reported that there are three other areas actively pushing for NPB teams. They are: the Hokushinetsu region, the Shikoku region, and South Kyushu/Okinawa region. And while past plans have involved shrinking the league (like eight to ten teams, one league), MSN makes note of a new idea that involves increasing the league to sixteen teams (which could also involve creating two division under each league with four teams in each division).