There is a possibility a new NPB Commissioner will be decided before the end of the year. The top candidate, supported by the Central League, is Commissioner Adviser Katsuhiko Kumazaki. If Interim Commissioner and Orix Buffaloes' Owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi feels there is a chance Kumazaki can get a majority of votes, he could call a special owners meeting on the 26th. However, it has also been said that Miyauchi is looking for a unanimous decision, which could push the vote into 2014.
Former professional players, 103 including Taira Fujita and Hideji Kato, attended the first day of the Japan Student Baseball Association's Coaching License Program in Osaka today. The training program ends on Sunday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013