The media learned on the 24th that the NPB is considering plans to set up a Kabushikigaisha (business corporation) for Samurai Japan.
The NPB's scope of business is limited and restricted because it is an Ippan Shadan Hojin (General Incorporated Association). Creating a separate corporation would make it easier for Samurai Japan to pursue for-profit business activities. It would also make it easier for it to share revenue with the twelve NPB teams.
Samurai Japan is planning to hire a Technical Director (TD). The TD will be responsible for tying the different level teams together: top team, amateur team, 21U team, university team, 18U team, 15U team, 12U team, women's team.
Yoshitaka Katori is a leading candidate for the new position because of his experience with international competitions. He was a pitching coach for Samurai Japan during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, a pitching coach for the top team in November 2013, and a special coach during a mini-camp in December 2013 for the national team (composed of university and Industrial League players) competing at the 17th Asian Games. He is also listed as manager of the 15U team.
Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2014