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.