Mikasa Sports

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Mikasa Sports
Type K.K.
Industry Sports Equipment
Predecessor(s) Masuda Rubber Industries, Myojyo Rubber Industrial Co.
Founded May, 1917
Headquarters Hiroshima, Japan
Key people Taketoshi Saeki (President)
Products Sports balls
Revenue ¥6.5 billion (2010) [1]
Total assets ¥120 million (2009)
Employees 137 (2010) [1]
Website www.mikasasports.co.jp
Mikasa headquarters in Nishi-ku.

Mikasa Corporation (株式会社 ミカサ Kabushiki Kaisha Mikasa?) is a sports equipment company with its corporate headquarters in Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Japan.[2][3]

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.[4]

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.

Products[edit]

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).[5]

Sponsorships[edit]

Mikasa has been official ball provider of the following leagues and associations, as well as it has exclusive agreements with some prominent athletes:

Volleyball[edit]

Waterpolo[edit]

Multi sports[edit]

  • United Nations Universiade - volleyball and water polo (since 1979)
  • Asian Games - volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football, handball, and water polo (1982, 1994, 1998)

Manufacturing conditions[edit]

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.[6] The report detailed various allegations:

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.

A separate report, by the Thai Labor Campaign alleged that new Mikasa factory workers received only 173 baht per day ($4.36 per day) in 2006.[7]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Company profile
  2. ^ "Company Profile." Mikasa Sports. Retrieved on September 9, 2012. "11-2, 3-chome, Kusunoki-cho, Nishi-ku Hiroshima 733-0002, Japan"
  3. ^ "会社概要." Mikasa Sports. Retrieved on September 9, 2013. "所在地 広島市西区楠木町3丁目11番2号"
  4. ^ http://www.mikasasports.com/
  5. ^ http://www.mikasasports.com/sports/ Mikasa Sports USA - Products manufactured]
  6. ^ a b 2007 Annual Survey of violations of trade union rights - Thailand: Violations in 2006, International Trade Union Confederation, 2007, survey07.ituc-csi.org
  7. ^ The Life of Football Factory Workers in Thailand, Junya Lek Yimprasert, Thai Labor Campaign, June 30, 2006, PDF from CleanClothes
Bibliography
  • Michigan High School Athletic Association Bulletin, Volume 70, Michigan High School Athletic Association, 1993, University of Michigan, p. 464.
  • Gay and lesbian tourism: the essential guide for marketing, Jeff Guaracino, p. 146.
  • 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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