Samurai Japan announced that Hanshin Tigers' Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata will manage the 21U national team at the 1st IBAF 21U World Cup in November. Kiyoshi Toyoda was named pitching coach. Two more coaches will be selected, one from a university team and another from an Industrial league team.
The 21U World Cup is scheduled to take place in Taichung, Taiwan later this year between November 11 and 16.
Source: official announcement