Junji Ogawa formally received and accepted team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa's request to return as manager of the team next season before tonight's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.
"It goes without saying, since it's a 2-year deal," said Kinugasa. "But with other teams having issues with managers, I thought it might be best to confirm it. I also wanted to make sure he can put all his efforts into winning."
In other words, this was all a formality more than anything.