An upper class PL Gakuen student was caught physically abusing a lower class student on February 23. The high school decided to withdrew from the spring Osaka tournament and was later issued a six-month suspension by Japan Student Baseball Association. The media learned today that Arimichi Kono (64) stepped down as manager to take responsibility for the incident. A replacement has yet to be named.
Source: Sponichi 4/28/2013