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New Japan Announce Change In Directorship

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New Japan Pro Wrestling has today announced a change in Directorship with current incumbent Harold Meij making way for the New Japan of America CEO, Takami Ohbari.

Meij was appointed as company President back in May 2018, becoming the first non-Japanese president of NJPW.

Ohbari had been central to the formation of New Japan of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NJPW, which launched in October 2019.

Details remain scant at present, with questions remaining with regards to the leadership structure of NJPW USA going forward.

Full statement from NJPW below:

At a meeting of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s parent company Bushiroad’s board of directors today September 29, 2020, a change was announced in NJPW’s directorship. This change will take effect at the beginning of NJPW’s 50th year of trading on October 23rd.

Outgoing President/CEO

Harold Meij

New NJPW President/CEO (as of October 23)

Takami Ohbari (current NJPW of America CEO)

According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the feeling inside the company is that Ohbari’s hiring is mainly a case for public positioning, and he’s not exactly welcomed as a new leader privately. The report notes that while some in the company were happy about Meij leaving, the NJPW fan-base, as well as a selected number of wrestlers, were unhappy as Meij was always very good with them.