The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on October 20 that Julio Franco will not be returning as manager next year and will instead be heading to Korea to be a Ni-gun hitting coach for the Lotte Giants (KBO).
The Million Stars released the following statement from Franco (pasted as is):
To all my millionstars fan and people in Ishikawa, I‘m very sorry that I have to go so soon to my journey. I was very grateful to be a millionstars’ manager. I will always have you in my heart that the team will have a special place in my life. I hope MillionStars well next season. Thank you for everything and continue assisting to the game to support the MillionStars. I will see you again.
Source: official announcement