The media learned on Wednesday that Kyoto Shoei High School failed to file a report on an incident that took place January.
According to Kyoto Shoei, a second-year student took 10,000 yen out of another student's wallet during morning practices on January 9. Later that day, the baseball director rounded up players on the team and asked them about the missing money. The second-year student stepped forward and returned the money. He explained that it was a prank.
The second-year student was an everyday player. During meetings that involved the player's mother and the team director, the second-year student requested withdrawal from the school. The request was accepted on January 31. About two weeks after the incident, on January 25, the school learned that they secured a spot to the Spring Koshien.
High schools are required to report all incidents of violence, smoking/drinking, and cases of theft to the Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF), even if those involved decide to withdraw.
"The student voluntarily withdrew and in considering his future, we felt it unnecessary to file a report," said a Kyoto Shoehi official.