The 2012 Konami Japan Series was the 63rd edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) championship series known colloquially as the Japan Series. The best-of-seven playoff was won by the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants in six games over the Pacific League champion Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. It was the Giants' 22nd Japan Series title, second in the last four years. The series began on Saturday, October 27, 2012 and ended on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyō, Tokyo. Giants' starting pitcher Tetsuya Utsumi, who was the winning pitcher in Games 1 and 5, was named the Japan Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). Giants players Shinnosuke Abe, Hisayoshi Chono and John Bowker were also recognized with Outstanding Player awards.
A note about the opposing team: The hyphenation of "Nippon-Ham" is relatively new. When it was the "Nippon Ham Fighters", many English-speakers assumed that, since "Nippon" meant Japan, the team name was the "Ham Fighters"!! In fact the team is sponsored by Nippon Ham (just as the Giants are by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper), so the team name is the much less uproarious "Fighters".