Yet last year, in celebrating the 90th summer Koshien, several other prefectures received an extra bid:
- Saitama (Kita/Minami)
- Chiba (Nishi/Higashi)
- Kanagawa (Kita/Minami)
- Aichi (Nishi/Higashi)
- Osaka (Kita/Minami)
- Hyogo (Nishi/Higashi)
I understand the need for Hokkaido and Tokyo getting 2 bids. Tokyo, by 4 million people, has the highest population of all the prefectures. Hokkaido is so big that teams would have to travel exorbitant distances for games.
While there are times that I root for the underdog/rural schools, at the same time it seems unfair that a prefecture that has almost 9 million people in Kanagawa gets the same amount of bids that say Kagawa gets with its 1 million people.
Why not give any prefecture that has over 5 million people an extra bid? That way prefectures with a large contingent of teams would be split. There are a lot of good teams that are denied because they only have one bid. Let's look at who participated last year in those prefectures that got another bid:
- Kita Saitama - Honjyou Dai-ichi
- Minami Saitama - Urawa Gakuin
- Nishi Chiba - Chiba Keizaidai Fuzoku
- Higashi Chiba - Kisaradzu Sougou
- Kita Kanagawa - Keiou
- Minami Kanagawa - Yokohama
- Nishi Aichi - Touhou
- Higashi Aichi - Oobu
- Kita Osaka - Osaka Touin
- Minami Osaka - Kinkidai Fuzoku
- Nishi Hyogo - Houtoku Gakuen
- Higashi Hyogo - Kakogawa Kita
Now, if we were to use the 5+ million rule, the above prefectures would receive an extra bid along with Fukuoka (although they're barely above 5 million)
So why not do it?