Some notes about Samurai Japan and the upcoming three game series against Taiwan (November 8-10):
- Games 1 and 3 will be broadcast on TV Asahi. Game 2 will be broadcast on TBS.
- There will be a couple of slots for "older" players on the roster. Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank), and Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank) are candidates.
- Takashi Toritani (Hanshin) is a candidate to make the roster as team captain.
- Shota Ono (Nippon Ham), Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham), Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri), and Takahiro Norimoto (Rakuten) are candidates to the make the roster.
- Four to five players will be selected from the amateur leagues (likely Industrial League).
- Hiroki Kokubo is planning to let pitching coach Yoshitaka Katori handle the pitching staff.