The Fukushima Hopes announced on August 21 that they reached an agreement with thirty-nine-year-old Tomokazu Oka. He was assigned the uniform number 44. The Hopes released the following statement from Oka:
I am grateful at the opportunity after almost giving up. There's only about a month left to the season, but I will do my best to do what I can to make the Fukushima [fans] happy.
Oka started the year with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds, but was released in August with a 3-5 record an a 8.22 ERA in twelve games.