The Daily Yomiuri has the news: the 2009 JLPGA schedule will be down 3 events and 110 million yen from this year's. For the English version, you can thank the JLPGA's Mi-Jeong Jeon, who posted it over at Seoul Sisters.com.
Meanwhile, the LET recently announced that its total purse for 2009 is the largest in tour history. By my count, though, they have lost 1 individual event from their 2008 schedule.
When I have more time, I'll consider some of the implications for players like Ji-Yai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Momoko Ueda, and Shiho Oyama, along with the many European players who also have dual memberships, when it comes to putting their 2009 schedules together.