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[2/13/2014] Yoshitaka Katori named Samurai Japan Technical Director

by on Feb.13, 2014 @ 5:05 am, under Samurai Japan

The First Samurai Japan Summit took place in Naha, Okinawa on the 10th.

  • A new position, Technical Director, was created.  The Technical Director will be responsible for pulling all the different levels of Samurai Japan together.  Duties will include: creating a vision for Japanese baseball and working to realize it; evaluating amateur talent and assisting with selections for pro/amateur mixed teams; providing Top Team Manager Hiroki Kokubo with assistance; and scouting talent on a global scale.  Yoshitaka Katori was named Technical Director.
  • The Japan Baseball Marketing Committee was renamed to the Japan Baseball Management Committee (JBMC).

The Samurai Japan schedule for 2014 was also released.

Level Manager Tournament Location Dates
Top Team Hiroki Kokubo 2014 Baseball Challenge Japan November
Amateur Hirotami Kojima 17th Asian Games Korea 9/21-28
21U TBD 1st IBAF 21U Baseball World Cup Taiwan 11/7-16
University Tatsuya Yoshinami 27th Haarlem Baseball Week Netherlands 7/11-20
18U TBD IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Asia Qualifier Thailand 9/1-7
15U Yoshitaka Katori 2nd IBAF 15U Baseball World Cup Mexico 8/1-10
12U TBD IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup Philippines 7/25-28
Women's Koichi Okura 6th IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup Miyazaki 9/1-7

Source: official announcement (Technical Director), official announcement (JMBC), official announcement (schedule), Sports Hochi 2/13/2014


Soruku Yagisawa (69) will be named new board chairman for the Japan Baseball Promotion Association. He will be taking over for the late Toru Mori.

Source: Sponichi 2/11/2014