It seems the Chunichi Dragons decided to dismiss Ni-gun manager Masahiro Kawai and Ni-gun infield base-running coach Naoyuki Kazaoka on Monday. The Ni-gun season ended on the 26th and the Dragons started finalizing their decisions on Monday. The club is now expected to inform Kawai and Kazaoka of their dismissal some time soon.
Kawai took over as Ni-gun manager this year after spending a couple seasons as the Dragons' Ichi-gun infield / base-running coach.
Kazaoka started his career as Ni-gun infield / base-running coach in 2005. He was promoted to Ichi-gun infield / base-running coach this season, but was demoted back to Ni-gun in June.