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This page is about ….

  • What is ‘NPB’ in Japan
  • History of ‘NPB’ in Japan
  • Competitor of ‘NPB’ in Japan
  • Brief comments by webmaster

This page is to help the people :

  • Who like Japan !
  • Who are interested in Japanese culture
  • Who want to enjoy sports in Japan !

In this page, I would like to introduce ‘NPB’ in Japan

You may get knowledge of ‘NPB’ in Japan, as well as Japanese have, after reading of this article. Have fun !


SHINTA+ / Japanese blog writer, born and raised in Japan, visited more than 20 countries, introducing Japanese culture to the world, with both domestic & international experiences.

What is ‘NPB’

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‘NPB’ is promoter of professional baseball league in Japan. There are two leagues under ‘NPB’, Central league and Pacific league. Each league consists of 6 team, in total 12 teams. As there is no lower categories like ‘division 2’, number of teams are fixed long time.

Basic information about ‘NPB’

  • Promoter of professional baseball league in Japan
  • Two leagues, Central league and Pacific league
    • Central League
      • Yomiuri Giants, based in Tokyo
      • Yokohama DeNA Baystars, in Yokohama
      • Hanshin Tigers, in Nishinomiya city
      • Hiroshima Toyo Carp, in Hiroshima
      • Chunichi Dragons, in Nagoya
      • Tokyo Yakult Swallows, in Tokyo
    • Pacific league
      • Saitama Seibu Lions, in Saitama
      • Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, in Fukuoka
      • Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
      • Chiba Lotte Marines, in Chiba
      • Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
      • ORIX Buffaloes, in Osaka

‘Baseball’ is very popular sports in Japan !

History of ‘NPB’

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Baseball was imported from U.S.A in 1872. Firstly, baseball was spread to students. As it was getting popular, in 1936, professional baseball league was started by 7 teams, finally. After suspension during WWII, in 1949, league was divided into two, and in 1958, number of teams were fixed as twelve.

History of ‘NPB’ (Professional Baseball)

  • 1872 Baseball imported from USA
  • 1936 Professional baseball league established
  • 1949 League was divided into two
  • 1958 Number of teams fixed as 12

Professional baseball has history more than 80 years in Japan !

Competitors of ‘NPB’

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‘NPB’ was exclusive promoter of professional baseball league in Japan, longtime. However, in 2005, Shikoku islands league was established as independent league. After that, some baseball leagues were established. However, the league of ‘NPB’ is still in top level in both players and numbers of spectators.

More information about ‘NPB’

  • Until 2005, exclusive promoter in Japan
  • Since 2005, the leagues out of NPB established
    • Shikoku Islands League
    • Baseball Challenge League
  • ‘NBP’ still has very large advantages
    • Level of players
    • Financial power
    • Number of spectators
    • Exposure in media, etc

‘NPB’ is still top promoter of professional baseball in Japan !


In the end, I would like to summarize the points of this article as follows

What is ‘NPB’ in Japan

  • Promotor of professional baseball in Japan
  • Established in 1936
  • Consist of 2 leagues, 12 teams
  • New promoters coming, however, still top promoter in Japan


That’s all today.
How was the content today ?

Baseball is very popular sports in Japan. Professional baseball league by NPB is very special in Japanese society. I often go to stadium to watch the game of baseball. It’s really exiting !


In the end, thank you very much for your reading today and see you again !