A new policy has been introduced to encourage young players to join and improve their Go:
"The first three prizewinners of the European and the US Youth Go Championships under 12 and 18 (totally 12 people) get free places at the Insei League. Go Champions under 12 and 18 of any country get 3 months of the League instead of 1 for $95.
Did you know that the Nihon Kiin has a presence on Facebook, providing updates on their tournaments etc in English? Just search for Nihon Kiin.
They have also released Tsumego Master for the iPad/iPhone.
The Nihon Ki-in have announced that Noriyuki Nakayama, 6dan professional, died on 16th February 2010 aged 77. He was a well known and much loved professional teacher at many European and American Go Congresses and author of the book "The Treasure Chest Enigma".
When President Obama visited China in November 2009 he presented Preident Hu Jintao with a Go or Weiqi set. It consisted of a US-made wooden board and Chinese jade stones in American glass bowls, showing a fusion between the culture and skills of the two countries. You can see see the board being made in the AGA E-Journal report. No doubt Obama's knowledge of Chinese culture gained through this gift helped when he met the Dalai Lama on 18th February 2010.