Three high schools in Fukushima (Soma Nogyo, Haramachi, and Futaba) will joins forces compete at the Fukushima Regional Tournament. They will play under the name Soso Fukushima.
Futaba High School is located 3.7 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor. Haramachi High School and Soma Nogyo are both located about 25 kilometers away. The three schools decided to create a mixed team (thirteen players) last August because they did not have enough players.
The team could not secure a permanent field to practice on until late September, when the emergency evacuation designation was lifted and allowed Soma Nogya to return to Minamisoma and re-open their school and field.
Source: Sponichi 6/22/2012
The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) announced the results of their investigation into the scholarship school program.
- A total 446 schools are taking advantage of the program in 2012. None were found to be breaking any rules (every school had five of fewer students on scholarship programs).
- There was an increase in the number of schools (twelve) and a decrease in the number of students (down sixty-five to 1,923) on scholarship programs.
- Last year, twenty-six schools had six or more students on scholarship programs.
- The next investigation will be conducted in 2015.
The JHBF held a board of directors meeting in Osaka on Friday and approved the following personnel changes: seventy-year-old Takehisa Takayama (高山武久 sp?) will step down as vice chairman and sixty-five-year-old Kazuhiro Murakami (村上和弘 sp?) will take over as new vice chairman. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2012