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Japan’s pro basketball landscape completely changed during the bj-league’s 11 seasons of operations. From six franchises in its inaugural 2005-06 season to 24 in the final year, new teams sprouted up every year throughout the nation.

And so it’s worth noting that the 2019-20 campaign marks the 10th season of existence for a pair of important B. League clubs, the Akita Northern Happinets and Shimane Susanoo Magic. Established as expansion franchises, they entered the now-disbanded bj-league during the 2010-11 season along with the now-defunct Miyazaki Shining Suns.

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