Mikasa Sports

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Mikasa Sports
IndustrySports Equipment
PredecessorMasuda Rubber Industries, Myojyo Rubber Industrial Co.
FoundedMay, 1917
HeadquartersHiroshima, Japan
Key people
Taketoshi Saeki (President)
ProductsSports balls
Revenue¥6.5 billion (2010) [1]
Total assets¥120 million (2009)
Number of employees
137 (2010) [1]
Mikasa headquarters in Nishi-ku.
Mikasa VLS300 official beach volleyball (2017)

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, waterpolo 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 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).[5]


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


International Volleyball Confederations and Tournaments[edit]

National teams[edit]




Multi sports[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]


See also[edit]


  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. ^ Mikasa Sports USA - Products manufactured Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "New sponsorship contract between MIKASA Corporation and Marta Menegatti". Mikasa Sports. February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Mikasa Signs Beach Volleyball Phenom Sara Hughes". Mikasa Sports. June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b 2007 Annual Survey of violations of trade union rights - Thailand: Violations in 2006, International Trade Union Confederation, 2007, survey07.ituc-csi.org Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ The Life of Football Factory Workers in Thailand, Junya Lek Yimprasert, Thai Labor Campaign, June 30, 2006, PDF from CleanClothes Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  • Michigan High School Athletic Association Bulletin, Volume 70, Michigan High School Athletic Association, 1993, University of Michigan, p. 464.
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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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