The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) decided to issue Aomori Yamada High School a stern warning over an incident that led to the death of a high school baseball player in December 2011. The federation originally planned to hold off on setting a punishment until additional details about the player's death became available. The most recent update from the high school (dated January 15) did not shed enough light on the cause of death. As such, the federation decided to handle the incident as violence within the team environment. They are willing to revisit the punishment when/if new information becomes available.
Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013
Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) held a meeting in Tokyo today and consented to the switch to koeki zaidan hojin (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation) on March 1. They have already obtained approval from the Cabinet Office.
At a separate meeting:
- Norio Ichino was reappointed chairman (two-year term).
- A compliance committee will be established on March 1. They will deal with cases involve things like gambling and abuse.
- An assistance service for players will also be created.
- A report on sending the Inter-city Tournament champion to the World Baseball Challenge tournament in Canada in August was given.