The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced that they received and approved a request from Nakamura High School in Kochi Prefecture to withdraw as a Twenty-First Century candidate for the 2014 Spring Tournament. According to the Federation, a member of the team was caught harassing a student.
Nakamura was one of nine high schools that made it into the final round for the three available Twenty-First Century slots.
Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014
Coaching license workshops for former players took place in Tokyo over the weekend (December 13, 14). Seven lectures (about seven hours) were held on Saturday, five (around six hours) on Sunday. Another session will be held in Osaka this weekend (December 20, 21).
A total 147 former players attended the workshop. Among them: Haruki Ihara, Daisuke Araki, Toshiro Yufune, Mac Suzuki, Takashi Ishii, Yasuhiko Yabuta, Yasuhiro Ichiba, Kenichi Yazawa, Kunio Jonouchi, Hisao Niura, Keiji Fukui, Mikinori Kato, Shigeki Noguchi, Taisei Takagi, Keiichi Lee, Isamu Kida, Hiroshi Shibahara, Ryosuke Sawai, Mitsuo Sumi, Michio Sato, Mitsuru Okuzono, Makoto Kito, Kaoru Nimura, Ken Hirano, Takehiro Ishii, Kenji Awaguchi, Kazumi Sonokawa, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Koji Otsuka, and Misao Takaura.