In Japan, it is the season of new beginnings, ... but also 'endings'. In December, I listed up the names of players who announced their retirement at the time of the SJ League Top 4 Tournament. This month, some additional announcements have been made, effective as of March 31, 2020. - Mine Ayumi, WS, Saishunkan (Former National Team B player). → Upon retirement from competitive badminton, Mine will continue to work at Saishunkan. - Gondo Kohei, XD, Tonami (Former National Team A player, who paired with Kurihara). → Will transfer to JTEKT as a player. - Takeshita Riichi, MS, Tonami (Former National Team A player and, from 2019, Assistant Coach at Tonami). → Will take up a position as coach at Ryukoku University, Japan. (Takeshita created waves when he defeated both Momota and Nishimoto at the 2017 All Japan Championships.) Apart from that, Naraoka Kodai (Namioka HS, National Team B) has already announced that he would be entering Nihon University, upon graduation from high school. When looking at the national team practice schedule for April, however, his affiliation was listed as IMG, a management and marketing concern that handles athletes, models, and has an added interest in the entertainment industry. Affiliated athletes include big names, such as Nishikori Kei, Osaka Naomi, Matsuyama Hideki (golf), Asada Mao, Ishikawa Kasumi (table tennis), Hirano Ayumu (snow-boarding), etc. However, the company seems to have a different complexion to UDN, the latter serving more to connect athletes with the community and/or society, at large.