Mikasa Corporation (株式会社 ミカサ Kabushiki Kaisha Mikasa) is a Japanese sports equipment and athletic goods company with its international corporate headquarters located in Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Chūgoku. Specializing in equipment for ball games, the balls manufactured by Mikasa for sports football, basketball, volleyball, waterpolo and handball are often used for official matches, games and competitions.
Mikasa headquarters in Nishi-ku
|Kabushiki Kaisha (share company)|
|Predecessor||Masuda Rubber Industries, Myojyo Rubber Industrial Co.|
|Founded||May 1, 1917|
|Headquarters||Hiroshima, Chūgoku, Japan|
|Yuji Saeki (President)|
|Products||Sports balls, accessories|
|Revenue||¥6.5 billion (2010) |
|Total assets||¥120 million (2016)|
Number of employees
|139 (2016) |
Most notably, Mikasa volleyballs are the official balls for all Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (International Volleyball Federation) worldwide competitions, and numerous domestic leagues outside of North America. Mikasa volleyballs are the official ball for the Olympics. Presently clubs, regions, high schools, colleges, and tournaments throughout the U.S. use Mikasa volleyballs.
Since 1980, Mikasa has produced the official water polo ball of choice for Olympic purposes. In the 2000s, Mikasa was faced with allegations of labor violations in some factories in Thailand. The ITUC published a report alleging anti-labor campaigns by company management. The report detailed allegations of unethical labor practices such as the penalization of union leaders and labor organizers via discriminatory transfers and unjust disciplinary procedures. The ITUC argued that Mikasa succeeded in either forcing the resignation of most of the factory's union committee in an affront to the right of its employees to organize. The Thai Labor Campaign alleged that new Mikasa factory workers received only 173 baht per day. (equivalent to $4.36 per day in 2006)
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 are available solely in the United States)
Mikasa has been the official ball provider for the following leagues and associations, in addition to having exclusive agreements with some prominent athletes:
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- Company profile
- "Company Profile." Mikasa Sports. Retrieved on September 9, 2012. "11-2, 3-chome, Kusunoki-cho, Nishi-ku Hiroshima 733-0002, Japan"
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- Mikasa Sports USA - Products manufactured Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
- "New sponsorship contract between MIKASA Corporation and Marta Menegatti". Mikasa Sports. February 7, 2014.
- "Mikasa Signs Beach Volleyball Phenom Sara Hughes". Mikasa Sports. June 26, 2017.