Ambassador's to/from Japan
by 020 Koki on May 8, 2014 - 12:23am
Ryozo Kato served as the Japanese Ambassador to the US from 2001 through 2008 as his term of office.
Later he served as the professional baseball commissioner from 2008 through 2013.
There was a problem due to the fact that his commission did not announce the specifications change of the general ball on June 12th, 2003. This was his blunder. He had to retire. I do not like him because he troubled the baseball world. I cannot permit this as a baseball fan.
He was born in Saitama on September 13, 1941. He is seventy three years old now. He is an elderly person, but he works as a diplomat. I respect it, but I hate him as a person.
He graduated from the Tokyo University law department. He entered Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1965. He was expected with Masaki Orita (he is Japanese diplomat) as a diplomat of American school in the future.
He was appointed to an Asian chief of the bureau to cope with diplomacy in North Korea in 1995. He had four times of duty experience residing in the United States. He worked as an ambassador to the United States after the war. It held the term of office for six and half years. So he made an effort for the development of the Japan-United States relationships. The American think tank praised his achievements and founded the “Ryozo Kato memorial award”. I praise his effort, too. I think that he did splendid work.
He took office as the commissioner of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in July, 2008. He liked baseball from the past before he became a diplomat and he displayed his baseball collections such as more than one hundred signed balls in the official residence.
When he served as an ambassador to the United States, he told President Bush “to be a fan of the baseball”. He likes baseball like that. He invited Hank Aaron and Sadaharu Oh to the Japanese ambassador’s residence and held a party and knew the domestic and foreign baseball world. For your information, Sadaharu Oh was Home run king of Japan, and Hank Aaron was Home run king of United States.
He was elected in the owner meeting of professional baseball 12 baseball teams on June 18, 2008 by a twelfth commissioner. He spoke his thoughta about baseball at a press conference then. He insisted that the baseball world of Japan should match with the American ball. After his claim, the Japanese balls were unified. He aimed for this ball becoming the internationally used ball. In addition, a signature of Ryozo Kato was engraved onto all balls. I think he must be proud of this.
He made a lot of remarks and he received much criticism for them. He did good works. However, for a Japanese professional baseball commissioner, there were many blunders. Therefore, I have anger for his work from his baseball career. Many baseball fans think the same thoughts as me. However, I want him to do his best.