From British Go Association news
It is with great regret that we announce the death of Kato Masao, pro 9 dan
and President of the IGF and Chairman of the Nihon Kiin. Mr Kato
had been in hospital for a few weeks following a brain haemorrhage and
operation, but passed away lunchtime (Japanese time) on 30/12/04.
He was 57. This is a double blow as past President Toshimitsu Matsuo
died on 09/11/04. Mr Kato was well known in the west through his many
title wins and two books in English. He visited London for the Kisei match
in 2001. He had been juggling a professional career with the role of
Chairman/President since the spring. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.