|Predecessor(s)||Masuda Rubber Industries, Myojyo Rubber Industrial Co.|
|Key people||Taketoshi Saeki (President)|
|Revenue||¥6.5 billion (2010) |
|Total assets||¥120 million (2009)|
|Employees||137 (2010) |
Their football, basketball, volleyball and handball are often used for official matches, games and competitions. Notably, Mikasa volleyballs are the official balls for all Fédération Internationale de Volleyball worldwide competitions, and numerous domestic leagues outside of North America.
Mikasa volleyballs are the official ball for the 2012 London Olympics. Presently clubs, regions, high schools, colleges, and tournaments throughout the U.S. use Mikasa volleyballs.
Mikasa makes many different types of balls, including goods for basketball, beach and indoor volleyball, football, rugby union, waterpolo, korfball, American football and rugby football (the last two, only in the United States).
Mikasa has been official ball provider of the following leagues and associations, as well as it has exclusive agreements with some prominent athletes:
- Volleyball Schools Cup - Youth, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Opens
- Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol
- European Volleyball Championship (1970, 1979, 1981, 1983)
- Fédération Internationale de Volleyball
- Volleyball World Championship, Men's and Women's (1978,1982,1998)
- Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup (1997)
- Volleyball World Cup (1999)
- Athens Olympic Games (2004)
- Beijing Olympic Games (2008)
- Misty May-Treanor
- Reid Priddy
- University Athletic Association of the Philippines
- Shakey's V-League
- Philippine Superliga
- University of Rizal System Seniors and Juniors teams
- Ligue Européenne de Natation
- Fédération Internationale de Natation (men and women)
- Beijing Olympic Games (2008)
- London Olympic Games (2012)
- CIF Southern Section
- Tony Azevedo
- National men and women teams
- Universiade - volleyball and water polo (since 1979)
- Asian Games - volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football, handball, and water polo (1982, 1994, 1998)
Mikasa manufactures products in Thailand and has been accused of workplace brutality and human rights violations in some factories. The International Trade Union Confederation, published a report alleging "systematic anti-union campaigns" by Mikasa. The report detailed various allegations:
|“||Supervisors intensively monitored and penalised union leaders through discriminatory transfers and disciplinary procedures for trumped up infractions. Union committee members were prevented from working overtime, compelled to take unpaid leave, separated from their fellow workers, and publicly humiliated by senior managers, in one case destroying their work then ordering them to fix it. When three union committee members publicly protested against the factory’s actions against workers, the management sued them in court for defamation.
When a union committee member who was pregnant miscarried during her day shift at the factory, she requested the factory to send her to a local hospital. Management refused, and instead sent her to the medical room at the factory, where she was forced to wait until the evening when a friend from another factory came and took her to hospital for treatment.
Through such practices, the ITUC argued, Mikasa succeeded in either firing or forcing the resignation of the entire union committee (except the union president), essentially destroying the right of its workers to organize.
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- 2007 Annual Survey of violations of trade union rights - Thailand: Violations in 2006, International Trade Union Confederation, 2007, survey07.ituc-csi.org
- The Life of Football Factory Workers in Thailand, Junya Lek Yimprasert, Thai Labor Campaign, June 30, 2006, PDF from CleanClothes
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- Sports sponsor factbook, Team Marketing Report, Inc., 1999, p. 623.
- Japanese multinationals, facts & figures, Tōyō Keizai Shinpōsha, 2007, p. 268.
- American Commercial Inc. d/b/a Mikasa and Mikasa Licensing, Inc. v. Sports and Leisure International d/b/a Mikasa Sports, Civil Action No. 96–713LHM (U.S.D.C. C.D. Cal.).
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