A bit of a kafuffle occurred prior to the release where GMO Internet - Samantha Thavasa who had agreed to up prize money to ¥200M then ¥300M in 2023 backed out at the last minute cause Hiromi Kobayashi did not want give approval for free coverage of the event via Youtube, Organizer has been all over the Golf Magazines criticizing Kobayashi for being pig headed in her decisions.
JLPGA has signed a hefty deal with GOLFTV streaming service so a conflict would have occurred. In any case the JLPGA state they are already in talks with sponsors for a replacement event with an announcement first quarter of the year
The facts as of today
38 Events USD40 Million Prize Money Mercedes Ranking will replace money list for full card from this year. Players will be encourage to compete in the majors with no restrictions/ fines