Series to be Named "Manulife Climax Series -
Pacific League" for Third Consecutive Year
Tokyo -Manulife Life Insurance Company
(Manulife Japan), Pacific League Marketing (a joint venture
company of the six-team Pacific Baseball League ("PBL")),
and the six teams of the PBL have reached agreement for
Manulife Japan to serve as the title sponsor for the 2012
PBL Climax Series.
Pacific League Marketing President & Representative
Director Hiroaki Nishina made the following
"It has been nine years since the Pacific Baseball
League, looking to the future, introduced the playoff
system that has become the Climax Series. We extend our
deep gratitude to Manulife Japan for their third year of
sponsorship of the Series. With the Series winner advancing
to the Japan Series, each game opens with the promise of
dramatic play. With Manulife Japan's support, I look
forward to seeing the teams go all out as they compete,
providing the fans with a moving and memorable experience.
I welcome everyone to cheer on the teams at the 2012
Manulife Climax Series."
Manulife Japan has been a sponsor of the PBL regular
season and the title sponsor of the PBL Climax Series since
2010. The sponsorships underscore Manulife Japan's
recognition that professional baseball provides a positive
contribution to communities. Manulife Japan supports the
six teams of the PBL in their activities which strengthen
local communities, and supports Pacific League Marketing in
implementing a new business style to promote the popularity
Manulife Japan President & CEO Hitoshi Morita made
the following statement regarding Manulife Japan's 2012
sponsorship of the PBL Climax Series.
"In June this year, the Manulife Group celebrated its
125th global anniversary. Our first operations in Japan
opened more than 100 years ago. As a trustworthy and
professional company, Manulife Japan continues to build on
the Manulife Group's long heritage as a strong partner of
communities, actively supporting initiatives that benefit
Manulife Japan identifies strongly with the PBL,
which from Hokkaido to Kyushu carries on the long tradition
of Japan's national pastime, and is growing baseball's fan
base with great success through providing support to
regional areas and attracting new fans through unique
We are pleased to continue our sponsorship of the PBL
Climax Series in 2012. Through our sponsorship activities
we look forward to promoting the PBL, professional
baseball, and the dreams and hopes they inspire."
Manulife Life Insurance
Japan") isa member of the
Manulife Financial Group.
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based
financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125
years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy
and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant
financial decisions. Our international network of
employees, agents and distribution partners offers
financial protection and wealth management products and
services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were
C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012.
The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada
and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United
States.Manulife Financial Corporation trades
as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the
SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.
Manulife Japan can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.co.jp.
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