Kaito Yuki, a 6-2, 170-pound RHP referred to as "Darvish II" because of comparisons to the Cubs' Yu Darvish, recently finished junior high.
Despite leading Japan to the round of 16 at the World Cup, Akira Nishino's contract will not be renewed.
Japan stalwarts Keisuke Honda and Makoto Hasebe have retired from international football after Japan's World Cup exit.
Finland and Bulgaria moved through in FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Belgium survived Japan's sucker punch and reminded themselves of what they are capable of ahead of a showdown with Brazil at the World Cup.
A stunning comeback from 2-0 down against Japan saw Belgium's goalscoring substitutes write a piece of World Cup history.
Brazil will face Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup as Roberto Martinez's side came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2.
Brazil will face Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as Roberto Martinez's side came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2.
Senegal are not happy with Japan's contribution to their World Cup exit and have called on FIFA to take action in future.
Romelu Lukaku is likely to be Gen Shoji's direct opponent at the World Cup, but the Japan defender knows there is far more to Belgium.