The Inter-City Baseball Tournament and the Industrial League Championship will begin using tie-break rules during semifinals and finals games next year: innings will begin with the bases load and one out once games hit the five-hour mark.
Club teams that are members of the Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) will be required to have at least twenty registered players.
Source: Sponichi 12/9/2015
The NPB announced that they promoted ikusei umpires Subaru Aoki and Ryohei Imaoka to full-time umpires. They also announced that the three kenshu umpires they sent on assigments to the Independent League -- Masayuki Koga, Rikito Yamamoto, and Koki Suzuki -- will be promoted to ikusei umpires.
The umpire school, now in its third year, will be holding sessions in Kanto (Lotte Urawa Stadium in Saitama between December 14 and 19) and Kansai (Naruohama Rinkai Park Baseball Stadium in Hyogo between December 21 and 26). Umpires with promise will have a chance to attend tryouts during spring camp next year.