translated by Brett Larner
With twenty-five New Year Ekiden national championship appearances to its ekiden team's name, the Hitachi Cable company announced on Feb. 15 that due to a decline in its business revenues and other reasons, effective April 1 it would transfer the team to its sister company, Chiba-based Hitachi Logistics, where it will become a marathon team. The coaching staff of three and all fourteen current Team Hitachi Cable members plan to make the move together. Team Hitachi Cable was founded in 1970. In its tenth-straight New Year Ekiden appearance this year it finished 27th.
Translator's note: The Hitachi Cable team includes 2010 Hokkaido Marathon winner Cyrus Njui and two-time World Junior 3000 mSC champion Jonathan Ndiku of Kenya among its members.