In her second career as a professional pitcher, Meja, a six-foot-four-inch, four-foot two-pound robot with a soft spot for butterflies, has won nine titles.
This time around, she is hoping to add to that tally with another career-high fifth consecutive victory.
The robot, which weighs 1,400 pounds, was introduced last week by Japan’s JVC Corporation, which is owned by Japanese conglomerate Takeda Corp. and was developed by Japan-based A-1 Systems, according to a release.
The robot will compete in two games: a pinball tournament at the Tokyo Dome and the world championships, scheduled for May 25-27.
The two tournaments will be played at the same venue, a venue with a capacity of 2,000.
The two games are slated to take place on the same day, May 25, according the release.
A- 1 Systems is owned and operated by the Japanese conglomerate Takayasu, which also owns a large stake in the Japanese government.
Takayasu announced plans to sponsor the two tournaments in 2015.
It is one of several Japanese companies to take part in the tournament, which was created by Japan Softball Association (JSA) President Yukiko Ueda.
Japan Softball, which provides a schedule of tournaments, sponsors and other support for the sport, said in a statement that Meja is one the most popular robots in Japan, with more than 30,000 fans tuning in to see her at the events.
The robots ability to produce “penny-pinching” pinballs is similar to the way the popular pinball game Pong uses pinballs made by Takayasa.
Meja is expected to be a great competitor, said JSA President Yuriko Uesugi.
The company plans to invest $250,000 in the robot and create more robots, including Meja.
The game is a popular attraction in Tokyo, and there are about 8,000 spectators who tune in to the pinball tournaments.
The average attendance is about 3,000, according a JSA statement.
The tournament, sponsored by JapanSoftball, will be held at the Todai Dome, a large indoor stadium in Tokyo’s Ginza district.
There are no plans to expand the games to the stadium.
Japan’s national broadcaster NHK said the events were expected to draw more than 10 million people, up from the previous two tournaments.