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[7/31/2014] Toyota Otani manager Takashi Kawakami arrested on suspicion of injuring a player

by on Jul.31, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under High School

Police in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture arrested Toyota Otani High School baseball manager Takashi Kawakami (33) on Thursday on suspicion of injuring a player.

According to the reports, on July 19, 2013, Kawakami struck a player (a first-year student at the time) in the head and cheek during practices.  He also kicked the player in the right side and right thigh.  The player later visited a hospital in early-August last year for an examination and found out that he had a broken rib.  He and his parents visited Toyota police on March 5 this year to file a report.  The student is currently enrolled at a different school.

Kawakami has admitted to hitting the player, but not to kicking him.

Source: Nittele News 7/31/2014, Sponichi 7/31/2014, Asahi Shimbun 7/31/2014, Yomiuri Online 7/31/2014

[UPDATE 8/5 @ 2:03pm]

Kawakami's lawyers told reporters on Monday that the manager was involved in an incident with another player that took place in early July last year.  Kawakami slapped a player multiple times during practices because he was not being vocal enough.  He also lightly kicked the player in the thigh while telling him to stand up.  The player was wearing just his undergarments after he was caught changing in the classroom before practices.

Source: Sponichi 8/5/2014, Nikkan Sport 8/4/2014

[UPDATE 8/23 @ 3:37am]

The Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office in Okazaki filed assault charges against Kawakami on the 20th.

Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014

[UPDATE 9/2 @ 1:47pm]

Kawasaki was a member of the clerical staff at Toyota Otani.  He was given a leave of absence and dismissed as manager of the school's baseball team on August 1.  The school dismissed Kawasaki under instruction on September 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014