September 24 @ 16:16 – The media learned on September 23 that Imaoka will be leaving the team after the season. He has already submitted a notice to the Tigers. Imaoka could end up getting a job with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2017
September 19 @ 12:04 – Kanemoto will continue to have full reign over his coaching staff next year. Candidates for Ni-gun manager include Yano, Imaoka, and Ichi-gun batting coach Atsushi Kataoka. The Tigers are hoping to narrow down their options by the time the Ni-gun team plays its last game of the season on September 28.
Source: Sanspo 9/18/2017
September 12 @ 15:27 – Ichi-gun Strategy / Battery Coach Akihiro Yano and Ni-gun Hitting Coach Makoto Imaoka are candidates for the Ni-gun manager job. Yano might be the front runner based on Tomoaki Kanemoto’s coaching methods.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/12/2017