Former NPB commissioner Yasuchika Negoro died of lung cancer at a hospital in Shibuya, Tokyo at 6:20am on the 4th. He was eighty-one. Memorial services for close family and relatives have already been held.
Negoro served as NPB commissioner between February 2004 and January 2007. He acted as an interim commissioner between January 2007 and June 2008.
Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2013