Hokusho High School officials informed the media on Friday that their baseball manager, Takaya Kawakami (55), slapped two of his players (on the head and cheek) during practices in early September. The incident was reported to school officials in October. The high school issued Kawakami a three-month general suspension and a one-year coaching suspension. Coach Akifumi Takeuchi will step in as interim manager. A report has already been filed with the Japan High School Baseball Federation.
A workshop for former professional baseball players seeking licenses to coach student baseball took place in Osaka on Saturday. 125 former players, including Norihiro Akahoshi and Daijiro Oishi attended the workshop. Another workshop will be held in Tokyo today. Additional workshops are scheduled in December.
[UPDATE 12/1 @ 2:10am]
140 former players, including Daisuke Araki and Norifumi Nishimura, attended the Tokyo session on Sunday.
Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014