The NPB announced today that their slogan for 2013 will be Play Fasters. The slogan is supposed to represent the league's goal of getting a nine inning games to end in under three hours to help lower electricity use (tied in global warming). Players will show their support by wearing green sweatbands during the opening series.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013
The NPB and the Japan Rubber Baseball Association announced today that the NPB Girls Tournament (for elementary school-aged youths) will take place between August 17 and 21. Twenty-eight teams across Japan (two from Tokyo) will take part in the tournament. Brackets will be selected on June 28. The opening ceremony will take place at Tokyo Dome. Games will be played at Akishima Municipal Baseball Stadium and the baseball field at Mitaka Osawa Ground.
Source: Sponichi 3/25/2013