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[1/15/2014] NPB loses track of five Samurai Japan uniforms belonging to manager and coaches

by on Jan.15, 2014 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB, Samurai Japan

The NPB announced that they lost track of five Samurai Japan uniforms belonging to the manager and coaches (five in total, worn during the three international games in Taiwan, valued at about 200,000 yen).  The matter has been brought to the attention of the police since theft remains a possibility.

The uniforms went missing some time between December 10th and the 18th.  The NPB noticed the uniforms were gone during their office move.

Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2014, Sponichi 1/15/2014

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 12:04am]

The uniforms belonged to Manager Hiroki Kokubo and coaches Akihiro Yano, Arihito Muramatsu, and Hirotami Kojima.  An NPB employee noticed the uniforms were missing on the 18th (the uniforms were stored in cardboard boxes in a room at the Teikoku Hotel).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2014

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 8:00pm]

The NPB stored the game-worn uniforms in cardboard boxes after they were cleaned.  The boxes were kept in a meeting room on the 14th floor of the Teikoku Hotel Tower.  The boxes were not sealed.  The key to the room was also left unlocked because of the office move.

The uniforms were last seen at 4:00pm on December 10, 2013.  NPB staff noticed the uniforms were missing at 10:45pm on December 18, 2013.

As of Wednesday, NPB staff checked online auction sites to see if the missing uniforms were listed.  Nothing was found.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

[UPDATE 1/17 @ 8:29pm]

The NPB announced today that they formally filed a report with the police on Thursdays on suspicions that the uniforms were stolen.  Internal investigations did not uncover any meaningful leads.  The NPB is hoping to recover the missing uniforms.

Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2014

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The NPB will send umpires Takeshi Hirabayashi and Atsushi Kittaka to the umpire meetings in Phoenix, Arizona (20th to the 22nd).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2014