Ryozo Kato became the 12th NPB commissioner in 7/2008. Last year, an update to the NPB agreement shortened the term for the NPB commissioner from 3 years to 2 years and also specified that commissioners would be decided / selected at owner meetings.
With the next owner meeting set for 7/7, it seems likely that the owners will allow Kato to stay on as commissioner of the league for at least another term.
"We don't really have any one in mind to replace Mr. Kato at this point," said someone close to the decision.
The mayor of Naha city expressed interest in hosting a 2013 All-Star game at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha and said that a request was filed with the commissioner's office at the end of last year. The mayor also said that the city approached every NPB club (except for the Eagles) this month to see if they would be interested in playing games at Cellular Stadium next season.