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[6/30/2013] NPB commissioner Kato speaks to media for first time in fifteen days

by on Jun.30, 2013 @ 11:18 pm, under NPB

NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato attended a ceremony for a new special exhibit (June 29 - July 15) on Peter O'Malley and his ties to Japanese baseball at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo earlier today.  Sponichi posted a portion of a brief interview it conducted with Kato on the standard baseball.

The third-party committee held the first meeting the other day.

I will see how things go.  The third-party committee was put together by the twelve teams and will now begin its investigations.

The players submitted a list of demands.

This was something for the [CL and PL] board chairmen.  The board chairmen and the third-party committee will take a look and see how it relates. It was addressed to the two board chairmen.

So your thoughts on resigning have not changed?

This is not about whether or not I have thoughts of resigning.  The way I see things, this job of commissioner was something that was asked of me. I feel I have done my job to help reform and improve things.

Do you have a vision for the future of Japanese baseball?

We need to think about things on an international level.  The sport could return to the Olympics.  The popular is decreasing.  We have to compete with other sports for new talent while also making sure we keep our international presence strong.  It is not an easy thing to do.  Our relationship with the IBAF is also very important.  We need to cooperate even more.  It is not possible to say what exactly can be done without trying.  Investments do not have quick returns.  The results.  That is why it is an investment.

Other various quotes:

The third-party committee will have the authority to conduct various research.  I will quietly sit and see how things go.  I plan to handle things with them carefully and in good faith.

[I probably will be questioned.]  I am the commissioner after all.  I plan to speak in good faith.

I plan to handle things with good faith because I do not want to prejudge the process.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2013, Sponichi 6/30/2013