Japanese no-hitters

Eiji Sawamura threw three career no-hitters, including the first two in Japanese baseball history. He was killed in World War II in 1944.
Eiji Sawamura threw three career no-hitters, including the first two in Japanese baseball history. He was killed in World War II in 1944.
The professional Japanese baseball circuit began under the Japan Occupational Baseball League moniker in 1936 before dropping the “Occupational” in 1939 and morphing into Nippon Professional Baseball in 1950. The leagues have produced 89 single-pitcher no-hitters and four combined no-hitters, including one in Game 5 of the 2007 Japan Series. There have also been two All-Star game no-hitters — one between the Central and Pacific leagues of the NPB and another by a Japan national team over a squad of MLB All-Stars.

Note that two Japanese pitchers have thrown no-nos in Major League Baseball contests. Hideo Nomo tossed no-hitters for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996 and for the Boston Red Sox in 2001. The Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma added one in 2015.

Here are the Japan Baseball League/Nippon Professional Baseball no-hitters:

Single-pitcher no-hitters
 

1 Eiji Sawamura
  Tokyo Kyojin (JOBL)
  Friday, September 25, 1936
Tokyo Kyojin 1, Osaka Tigers 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Sawamura’s first of three no-hitters)
2 Eiji Sawamura
  Tokyo Kyojin (JOBL)
  Saturday, May 1, 1937
Tokyo Kyojin 4, Osaka Tigers 0
Suzaki Stadium (Tokyo)
(Sawamura’s second of three no-hitters)
3 Victor Starffin
  Tokyo Kyojin (JOBL)
  Saturday, July 3, 1937
Tokyo Kyojin 4, Korakuen Eagles 0
Suzaki Stadium (Tokyo)
4 Mitsuhiko Ishida
  Hankyu (JOBL)
  Friday, July 16, 1937
Hankyu 6, Tokyo Senators 0
Suzaki Stadium (Tokyo)
(Ishida’s first of two no-hitters)
5 Hiroshi Nakao
  Tokyo Kyojin (JBL)
  Friday, November 3, 1939
Tokyo Kyojin 1, Tokyo Senators 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
(Nakao’s first of two no-hitters)
6 Tadashi Kameda
  Eagles (JBL)
  Monday, March 18, 1940
Eagles 5, Lion 0
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Kameda’s first of two no-hitters)
7 Katsusaburo Asano
  Hankyu (JBL)
  Sunday, April 14, 1940
Hankyu 9, Osaka Tigers 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
8 Eiji Sawamura
  Tokyo Kyojin (JBL)
  Saturday, July 6, 1940
Tokyo Kyojin 4, Nagoya 0
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Sawamura’s third of three no-hitters, setting a career record that would be tied by Yoshiro Sotokoba in 1972)
9 Hachiro Miwa
  Osaka Tigers (JBL)
  Saturday, August 3, 1940
Osaka Tigers 1, Tokyo Kyojin 0
Dairen Stadium (Tokyo)
10 Mitsuhiko Ishida
  Hankyu (JBL)
  Thursday, August 22, 1940
Hankyu 9, Lion 0
Dairen Stadium (Tokyo)
(Ishida’s second of two no-hitters)
11 Tadashi Kameda
  Kurowashi (JBL)
  Monday, April 14, 1941
Kurowashi 1, Hanshin 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
(Kameda’s second of two no-hitters)
12 Hiroshi Nakao
  Tokyo Kyojin (JBL)
  Wednesday, July 16, 1941
Tokyo Kyojin 3, Nagoya 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
(Nakao’s second of two no-hitters)
13 Kotaro Mori
  Hankyu (JBL)
  Monday, October 27, 1941
Hankyu 2, Nagoya 0
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
14 Michio Nishizawa
  Nagoya (JBL)
  Saturday, July 18, 1942
Nagoya 2, Hankyu 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
15 Yoshio Tenpo
  Hankyu (JBL)
  Sunday, May 2, 1943
Hankyu 3, Nankai 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
16 Hideo Fujimoto
  Tokyo Kyojin (JBL)
  Saturday, May 22, 1943
Tokyo Kyojin 3, Nagoya 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
(Fujimoto’s first of two no-hitters)
17 Takehiko Bessho
  Nankai (JBL)
  Wednesday, May 26, 1943
Nankai 2, Yamato 0
Kobe Stadium (Kobe)
18 Shinichi Ishimaru
  Nagoya (JBL)
  Tuesday, October 12, 1943
Nagoya 5, Yamato 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
19 Shosei Go
  Osaka Tigers (JBL)
  Sunday, June 16, 1946
Osaka Tigers 11, Senators 0
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
20 Tadayoshi Kajioka
  Osaka Tigers (JBL)
  Tuesday, August 24, 1948
Osaka Tigers 3, Nankai Hawks 0
Jingu Stadium (Tokyo)
21 Juzo Sanada
  Taiyo Robbins (JBL)
  Monday, September 6, 1948
Taiyo Robbins 3, Osaka Tigers 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Perfect game, Sanada’s first of two no-hitters)
22 Hideo Fujimoto
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Wednesday, June 28, 1950
Yomiuri Giants 4, West Pirates 0
Aomori Stadium (Aomori)
(Fujimoto’s second of two no-hitters)
23 Masaichi Kaneda
  Kokutetsu Swallows (CL)
  Tuesday, September 5, 1951
Kokutetsu Swallows 1, Osaka Tigers 0
Osaka Stadium (Osaka)
(Kaneda’s first of two no-hitters)
24 Giichi Hayashi
  Daiei Stars (PL)
  Sunday, April 27, 1952
Daiei Stars 2, Hankyu Braves 0
Takasaki Jonan Stadium (Takasaki-shi)
25 Juzo Sanada
  Osaka Tigers (CL)
  Monday, May 7, 1952
Osaka Tigers 12, Hiroshima Carp 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Sanada’s second of two no-hitters)
26 Takumi Otomo
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Saturday, July 26, 1952
Yomiuri Giants 17, Shochiku Robins 0
Osaka Stadium (Osaka)
27 Noboru Yamashita
  Kintetsu Pearls (PL)
  Saturday, August 7, 1954
Kintetsu Pearls 4, Takahashi Unions 0
Nagoya Baseball Stadium (Nagoya)
28 Shigeru Sugishita
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Tuesday, May 10, 1955
Chunichi Dragons 1, Kokutetsu Swallows 0
Kawasaki Stadium (Kawasaki)
29 Mamoru Otsu
  Nishitetsu Lions (PL)
  Saturday, June 4, 1955
Nishitetsu Lions 8, Kintetsu Pearls 0
Heiwadai Stadium (Fukuoka)
(Perfect game)
30 Fumio Takechi
  Kintetsu Pearls (PL)
  Sunday, June 19, 1955
Kintetsu Pearls 1, Daiei Stars 0
Osaka Stadium (Osaka)
31 Teruo Owaki
  Kokutetsu Swallows (CL)
  Thursday, May 3, 1956
Kokutetsu Swallows 5, Chunichi Dragons 0
Nagoya Baseball Stadium (Nagoya)
(Perfect game)
32 Yoshitomo Miyaji
  Kokutetsu Swallows (CL)
  Wednesday, September 19, 1956
Kokutetsu Swallows 6, Hiroshima Carp 0
Kanazawa Stadium (Kawasaki)
33 Masaichi Kaneda
  Kokutetsu Swallows (CL)
  Wednesday, August 21, 1957
Kokutetsu Swallows 1, Chunichi Dragons 0
Nagoya Baseball Stadium (Nagoya)
(Kaneda’s second of two no-hitters)
34 Hiroomi Oyane
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Saturday, October 12, 1957
Chunichi Dragons 3, Osaka Tigers 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Perfect game)
35 Nishimura Sadaaki
  Nishitetsu Lions (PL)
  Saturday, July 19, 1958
Nishitetsu Lions 1, Toei Flyers 0
Komazawa Stadium (Komazawa)
(Perfect game)
36 Gentaro Shimada
  Taiyo Whales (CL)
  Thursday, August 11, 1960
Taiyo Whales 1, Osaka Tigers 0
Kawasaki Stadium (Kawasaki)
(Perfect game)
37 Yoshimi Moritaki
  Kokutetsu Swallows (CL)
  Tuesday, June 20, 1961
Kokutetsu Swallows 1, Chunichi Dragons 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
38 Yoshio Inoue
  Nishitetsu Lions (PL)
  Saturday, May 16, 1964
Nishitetsu Lions 2, Hankyu Braves 0
Heiwadai Stadium (Fukuoka)
39 Toshitake Nakayama
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Tuesday, August 18, 1964
Chunichi Dragons 3, Yomiuri Giants 0
Nagoya Baseball Stadium (Nagoya)
40 Gene Bacque
  Hanshin Tigers (CL)
  Monday, June 28, 1965
Hanshin Tigers 7, Yomiuri Giants 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
41 Yoshiro Sotokoba
  Hiroshima Carp (CL)
  Saturday, October 2, 1965
Hiroshima Carp 2, Hanshin Tigers 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Perfect game, Sotokoba’s first of three no-hitters)
42 Kichiro Sasaki
  Taiyo Whales (CL)
  Sunday, May 1, 1966
Taiyo Whales 1, Hiroshima Carp 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
(Perfect game)
43 Tsutomu Tanaka
  Nishitetsu Lions (PL)
  Thursday, May 12, 1966
Nishitetsu Lions 2, Nankai Hawks 0
Osaka Stadium (Osaka)
44 Toshihiko Sei
  Nishitetsu Lions (PL)
  Sunday, June 12, 1966
Nishitetsu Lions 8, Kintetsu Buffaloes 0
Kokura Stadium (Kitakyushu)
45 Tadao Wako
  Nishitetsu Lions (PL)
  Sunday, September 17, 1967
Nishitetsu Lions 4, Hankyu Braves 0
Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
46 Tsuneo Horiuchi
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Tuesday, October 10, 1967
Yomiuri Giants 11, Hiroshima Carp 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
(Horiuchi hit three home runs in this game)
47 Kunio Jonouchi
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Thursday, May 16, 1968
Yomiuri Giants 16, Taiyo Whales 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
48 Keishi Suzuki
  Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL)
  Thursday, August 8, 1968
Kintetsu Buffaloes 4, Toei Flyers 0
Nihon Seimei Stadium (Osaka)
(Suzuki’s first of two no-hitters)
49 Yoshiro Sotokoba
  Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL)
  Saturday, September 14, 1968
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2, Taiyo Whales 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
(Sotokoba’s second of three no-hitters)
50 Fumio Narita
  Lotte Orions (PL)
  Saturday, August 16, 1969
Lotte Orions 1, Hankyu Braves 0
Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
51 Hidetake Watanabe
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Monday, May 18, 1970
Yomiuri Giants 2, Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
52 Hiroshi Kito
  Taiyo Whales (CL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 1970
Taiyo Whales 1, Yakult Atoms 0
Kawasaki Stadium (Kawasaki)
(Perfect game)
53 Koichiro Sasaki
  Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL)
  Tuesday, October 6, 1970
Kintetsu Buffaloes 3, Nankai Hawks 0
Osaka Stadium (Osaka)
54 Kazuhiro Fujimoto
  Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1971
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6, Chunichi Dragons 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
(Perfect game)
55 Yoshimasa Takahashi
  Toei Flyers (PL)
  Saturday, August 21, 1971
Toei Flyers 4, Nishitetsu Lions 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
56 Keishi Suzuki
  Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1971
Kintetsu Buffaloes 4, Nishitetsu Lions 0
Nihon Seimei Stadium (Osaka)
(Suzuki’s second of two no-hitters)
57 Yoshiro Sotokoba
  Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL)
  Saturday, April 29, 1972
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3, Yomiuri Giants 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
(Sotokoba’s third of three no-hitters, tying career record set by Eiji Sawamura in 1940)
58 Naoki Takahashi
  Nittaku Home Flyers (PL)
  Saturday, June 16, 1973
Nittaku Home Flyers 1, Kintetsu Buffaloes 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
59 Yutaka Enatsu
  Hanshin Tigers (CL)
  Thursday, August 30, 1973
Hanshin Tigers 1, Chunichi Dragons 0 (11 innings)
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Enatsu hits a “sayonara” walk-off home run for the win in the 11th)
60 Soroku Yagisawa
  Lotte Orions (PL)
  Wednesday, October 10, 1973
Lotte Orions 1, Taiheiyo Club Lions 0
Sendai Stadium (Sendai )
(Perfect game)
61 Toshio Kanbe
  Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL)
  Sunday, April 20, 1975
Kintetsu Buffaloes 1, Nankai Hawks 0
Fujiidera Stadium (Osaka)
62 Hajime Kato
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Sunday, April 18, 1976
Yomiuri Giants 5, Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
63 Yoshinori Toda
  Hankyu Braves (PL)
  Tuesday, May 11, 1976
Hankyu Braves 1, Nankai Hawks 0
Osaka Stadium (Osaka)
64 Yutaro Imai
  Hankyu Braves (PL)
  Thursday, August 31, 1978
Hankyu Braves 5, Lotte Orions 0
Sendai Stadium (Sendai )
(Perfect game)
65 Kuo Tai-yuan
  Seibu Lions (PL)
  Tuesday, June 4, 1985
Seibu Lions 7, Nippon-Ham Fighters 0
Heiwadai Stadium (Fukuoka)
66 Yukio Tanaka
  Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL)
  Sunday, June 9, 1985
Nippon-Ham Fighters 12, Kintetsu Buffaloes 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
67 Shinichi Kondo
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Sunday, August 9, 1987
Chunichi Dragons 6, Yomiuri Giants 0
Nagoya Stadium (Nagoya)
68 Yasumitsu Shibata
  Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL)
  Saturday, April 25, 1990
Nippon-Ham Fighters 3, Kintetsu Buffaloes 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)
69 Toshiro Yufune
  Hanshin Tigers (CL)
  Sunday, June 14, 1992
Hanshin Tigers 6, Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0
Koshien Stadium (Nishinomiya)
(Perfect game)
70 Hiromi Makihara
  Yomiuri Giants (CL)
  Wednesday, May 18, 1994
Yomiuri Giants 6, Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0
Fukuoka Dome (Fukuoka)
71 Yukihiro Nishizaki
  Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL)
  Wednesday, July 5, 1995
Nippon-Ham Fighters 1, Seibu Lions 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)
72 Yoshinori Sato
  Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL)
  Saturday, August 26, 1995
Nippon-Ham Fighters 7, Orix BlueWave 0
Fujiidera Stadium (Osaka)
73 Terry Bross
  Yakult Swallows (CL)
  Saturday, September 9, 1995
Yakult Swallows 4, Yomiuri Giants 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)
74 Hisanobu Watanabe
  Seibu Lions (PL)
  Tuesday, June 11, 1996
Seibu Lions 9, Orix BlueWave 0
Seibu Stadium (Tokorozawa)
75 Shigeki Noguchi
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Sunday, August 11, 1996
Chunichi Dragons 5, Yomiuri Giants 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)
76 Kazuhisa Ishii
  Yakult Swallows (CL)
  Tuesday, September 2, 1997
Yakult Swallows 3, Yokohama BayStars 0
Yokohama Stadium (Yokohama)
77 Tetsuro Kawajiri
  Hanshin Tigers (CL)
  Tuesday, May 26, 1998
Hanshin Tigers 2, Chunichi Dragons 0
Kurashiki Muskat Stadium (Kurashiki)
78 Shinji Sasaoka
  Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL)
  Saturday, May 8, 1999
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4, Chunichi Dragons 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
79 Melvin Bunch
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Friday, April 7, 2000
Chunichi Dragons 8, Yokohama BayStars 0
Yokohama Stadium (Yokohama)
80 Narciso Elvira
  Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL)
  Tuesday, June 20, 2000
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 4, Seibu Lions 0
Osaka Dome (Osaka)
81 Kenshin Kawakami
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Thursday, August 1, 2002
Chunichi Dragons 6, Yomiuri Giants 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)
82 Kei Igawa
  Hanshin Tigers (CL)
  Monday, October 4, 2004
Hanshin Tigers 1, Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (Hiroshima)
83 Rick Guttormson
  Tokyo Yakult Swallows (CL team in IL game)
  Thursday, May 25, 2006
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0
Meiji-Jingu Stadium (Tokyo)
84 Masahiro Yamamoto
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Saturday, September 16, 2006
Chunichi Dragons 3, Hanshin Tigers 0
Nagoya Dome (Nagoya)
(At 41, Yamamoto is oldest to throw a no-hitter)
85 Kenta Maeda
  Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL)
  Friday, April 6, 2012
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2, Yokohama DeNA BayStars 0
Yokohama Stadium (Yokohama)
86 Toshiya Sugiuchi
  Yomiuri Giants (CL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Yomiuri Giants 2, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)
87 Yuki Nishi
  Orix Buffaloes (PL)
  Monday, October 8, 2012
Orix Buffaloes 3, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 0
Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome (Fukuoka)
88 Daisuke Yamai
  Chunichi Dragons (CL)
  Friday, June 28, 2013
Chunichi Dragons 9, Yokohama DeNA BayStars 0
Yokohama Stadium (Yokohama)
89 Takayuki Kishi
  Saitama Seibu Lions (PL)
  Friday, May 2, 2014
Saitama Seibu Lions 2, Chiba Lotte Marines 0
QVC Marine Field (Chiba)

Multiple-pitcher no-hitters
 

1 Miyoshi Nakagawa
Shigezo Ishihara
  Kurowashi (JBL)
  Thursday, June 12, 1941
Kurowashi 2, Nagoya 0
Korakuen Stadium (Tokyo)
2 Takashi Eda
Kotaro Mori
  Hankyu (JBL)
  Saturday, August 2, 1941
Hankyu 2, Nagoya 0
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (Nishinomiya)
3 Tomoya Yagi
Hisashi Takeda
Micheal Nakamura
  Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL)
  Saturday, April 15, 2006
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 1, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 0 (12 innings)
Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome (Fukuoka)
4 Daisuke Yamai (8)
Hitoki Iwase (1)
  Chunichi Dragons (Japan Series Game 5)
  Thursday, November 1, 2007
Chunichi Dragons 1, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 0
Nagoya Dome (Nagoya)

All-Star Game no-hitters

Major League Baseball has never had an All-Star game no-hitter, pacificcentralbut there have been two thrown by Japanese All-Star teams. In 1971, a five-pitcher crew from the Central League no-hit the Pacific League in Game 1 of the Nippon Professional League’s 1971 All-Star Game Series. In 2014, The Samurai Japan All-Star team no-hit the MLB All-Stars for a 4-0 win at the Tokyo Dome.

1 Central League
  Yutaka Enatsu (3 inn.)
Hidetake Watanabe (2 inn.)
Kazumi Takahashi (1 inn.)
Hisanobu Mizutani (⅓ inn.)
Tadakatsu Kotani (2⅔ inn.)
  Saturday, July 17, 1971
Central League 5, Pacific League 0
Meiji-Jingu Stadium (Tokyo)
2 Samurai Japan
  Takahiro Norimoto (5 inn.)
Yuki Nishi (2 inn.)
Kazuhisa Makita (1 inn.)
Yuji Nishino (1 inn.)
  Saturday, November 15, 2014
Samurai Japan 4, Major League Baseball All-Stars 0
Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)

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