translated by Brett Larner
The Shiseido corporate women's team announced on Dec. 16 that Manabu Kawagoe, 54, will return to his former position as head coach in January next year. "I want to bring the team together to target winning the National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships and to inspire women everywhere through their running," Kawagoe commented.
Currently leading the Edion corporate women's team, Kawagoe was head coach of Shiseido for three years beginning in 2004. A native of Kagoshima, in 2007 he resigned from Shiseido to found the club team Second Wind AC. In 2011 he moved again to become head coach at Edion. Kawagoe will leave Edion to return to Shiseido. In March this year Shiseido head coach Toshitaka Anyoji resigned to take over the top position at the Panasonic corporate women's team. Shiseido assistant coach Masahiro Inoguchi has been serving as interim team leader since then.