Former Yomiuri Giants manager Shigeo Nagashima is showing signs of slow but sure progress toward recovery a year after suffering a stroke, Central League club officials said Friday.

According to the officials, Nagashima, 69, canceled his walking practice due to snow Friday morning, but visited a rehabilitation facility in the afternoon for a two-hour program he undergoes five times a week.

The program is said to consist of training to regain his senses in his partially paralyzed right hand and leg, and speech therapy.

At home, Nagashima practices reading and writing, and team officials revealed he spoke of his high expectations of the Giants’ foreign acquisitions and Kazuhiro Kiyohara’s comeback.

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