After serving 22 years with Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ), Mr. Yutaka Shibata left his position as Secretary General of the organisation at the end of August, to devote more time for his family business in his home town of Gifu in Central Japan.

Yutaka Shibata

He will continue to stay within BFJ organization, even after leaving the secretariat office, as a member of its International Committee and will help with the activities of the organisation when necessary.

Shibata has been the main driver of major international events for BFJ during his service.

Mr. Yuji Nagakubo, Executive Director, will concurrently serve as Secretary General of BFJ. He worked with the Japan Rubber Baseball Association, the largest domestic sport body, as its Secretary General until May, 2018.