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Rakuten Eagles: Hiroshi Mikitani to return as team owner

by on Jul.24, 2012 @ 6:59 pm, under NPB

Rakuten held a special board of directors meeting and general stockholder's meeting in Sendai today and announced that Toru Shimada will be stepping down as a representative director / team owner, effective July 31, in order to take on a new role in Rakuten's overseas operations (Singapore); he will retain a position on the team board.  Yozo Tachibana will take over as the new representative director with Hiroshi Mikitani returning as team owner, effective August 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2012