The J. League welcomed its 55th club on Tuesday after its board of directors approved the admittance of Aomori Prefecture's Vanraure Hachinohe to the league's third division.

Hachinohe, which had already received its J3 club license earlier this year, fulfilled entry requirements by finishing third this year in the Japan Football League.

With Vanraure joining Blaublitz Akita, Fukushima United, Iwate Prefecture's Grulla Morioka, Miyagi Prefecture's Vegalta Sendai, and Montedio Yamagata, all six prefectures in the Tohoku region are represented by J. League clubs.