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Attached is the article posted in Yomiuri newspaper

Attached is the article posted in Yomiuri newspaper (Koto Ward edition) on 28th April 2018. Contents in the article is as follows.

Rubber baseball which promoted baseball sport

There are 5 million people in Japan who are involved in rubber baseball.
Nagase Kenko Corporation, located in Sumida ward has rubber baseball reference room (in its own property) which shows history of rubber baseball.

gThis is the oldest rubber ball existedh
Mr. Miyamoto, in charge of public relations in Nagase Kenko, picked up a small ball from a shelf.
This ball was invented in 1918 and used in 1919 in the baseball tournament in Kyoto.
That was the beginning of the rubber baseball sport.
There are approximately 1,000 documents in the reference room, which includes historical rubber baseballs, photos from champion team of All Japan National Female High School Tournament in Taisho-period.

Nagase Kenko (At the beginning, started as different name) established in 1934. At that time, there were more than 200 ball manufactures. However, being influenced by war, it was narrowed down to few companies. In 1943, the factory was shut down, but the facilities remained. Because of that, Nagase Kenko were able to start production right after the war ended.
gRestoration of rubber ball started from Sumida wardh said Mr. Miyamoto.

Speed of childrenfs physical development has been changed with economic growth since then.
Rubber baseball has been also improved to meet childrenfs development.

There is a new ball gMh displayed in the reference room.
gMh ball has low bounce characteristic and similar performance as leather ball.

Mr. Munakata, managing director from Japan Softball Baseball Association (JSBB) says
gRubber baseball has been promoted baseball sport over the centuryh.
As it is made by rubber, children can play safely, less possibility to get injured.
gIt would make baseball more enjoyable if you visit the reference room and get to know rubber baseball historyh Mr. Munakata commented.

14.May.2018. | | diary

All Japan Baseball Tournament of public servants

All Japan Baseball Tournament of public servants is going to be held from 19th Aug to 23rd Aug this year.
This well-known tournament is annual event, starting from 1950 and one of the biggest rubber baseball tournament participated by nearly 1,000 teams from all over Japan.
For this particular year, team from Okinawa prefecture is going to join.
It makes all 47 prefectures in Japan get together in the same event.

(Attached pictures are from the same tournament held in 2017)




12.May.2018. | | diary

World Childrenfs Baseball Foundation (WCBF)

On 24th April 2018, Mr. Yanagida, president of Nagase Kenko Corporation attended World Childrenfs Baseball Foundation (WCBF) council which chairman is Sadaharu Oh.
The 28th World Children's Baseball Fair hosted by WCBF is going to be held from 1st Aug to 9th Aug this year in Matsue city, Japan, participated by 120 children from 13 countries.
Coaches from World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) will teach the basic of baseball, and Taipei team will play against Shimane prefecture team.
Participants will get to know each other and deepen their friendship through this international event.

12.May.2018. | | diary



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