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JHBF issues Aomori Yamada a stern warning over incident that led to death of high school player

by on Feb.21, 2013 @ 12:26 am, under High School, Industrial
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) decided to issue Aomori Yamada High School a stern warning over an incident that led to the death of a high school baseball player in December 2011.  The federation originally planned to hold off on setting a punishment until additional details about the player's death became available.  The most recent update from the high school (dated January 15) did not shed enough light on the cause of death.  As such, the federation decided to handle the incident as violence within the team environment.  They are willing to revisit the punishment when/if new information becomes available.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013

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Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) held a meeting in Tokyo today and consented to the switch to koeki zaidan hojin (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation) on March 1.  They have already obtained approval from the Cabinet Office.

At a separate meeting:

  • Norio Ichino was reappointed chairman (two-year term).
  • A compliance committee will be established on March 1.  They will deal with cases involve things like gambling and abuse.
  • An assistance service for players will also be created.
  • A report on sending the Inter-city Tournament champion to the World Baseball Challenge tournament in Canada in August was given.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013, Sponichi 2/21/2013

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High School Baseball News: June 26, 2012

by on Jun.26, 2012 @ 11:05 pm, under High School
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The Hiroshima Chuo Police Department arrested former Sanyo High School manager Takahiro Kawaoka (39) on suspicions of striking and hurting a Sanyo High School baseball player.

According to the report, Kawaoka allegedly struck a third-year student in the head over ten times on the night of April 12 because of an attitude problem.  The attack may have caused acute hearing loss in the student.

Kataoka has denied he hit the student over ten times.

Sanyo High School informed reporters that Kawaoka resigned from his post as manager in April and was handed a one month suspension by the Japan Student Baseball Association.

The third-year student is still on the team, but has not attended practices.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2012

UPDATE 7/6 @ 1:04pm - The Hiroshima prosecutor's office filed a summary indictment against Kawaoka on Thursday.  The Hiroshima Summary Court issued a 200,000 yen fine on the same day.  The fine was paid by the former manager.  Source: Sponichi 7/5/2012

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The Aomori High School Baseball Federation officially accepted Aomori Yamada's request to participate in this year's regional qualifier for the Summer Koshien.  They also reserved their right to revisit the decision -- at any time, as needed, even during the regional qualifier -- with the Japan High School Baseball Federation.

Aomori Yamada is currently involved in case where a first-year student died after he was struck multiple times by a second year student (both members of the baseball team).

Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012

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The four high school mixed team (two to four players from each high school for a total twelve players) was shutout by Obihihiro Minami Shogyo High School 9-0 in the First Round of the Hokkaido Tokachi Regional Qualifier today.  Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2012, Sanspo 6/26/2012

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Parents of first-year Aomori Yamada student file manslaughter charges against second-year student

by on Jun.21, 2012 @ 6:03 pm, under High School
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The parents of the first-year Aomori Yamada student that died last December, has filed legal charges (manslaughter) against the second-year student (he has since left the school) that hit him.  The Aomori District Public Prosecutors Office accepted the filing (dated May 1).

According to the lawyer representing the parents, the second-year student allegedly hit the first-year student in the stomach and face before continuing the beating in a hallway.  The first-year student died about two hours later due to commotio cordis (cadiac death), which was likely brought on by the physical trauma.

The Aomori Public Prosecutor's Office is currently looking into the cause of death.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012

[UPDATE 12/13 @ 1:52am]

The Aomori District Public Prosecutors Office referred the case to the Family Court on the 6th.  While the prosecutor office accepted the lawsuit, they also felt it would be difficult to prove a causal relationship between the assault and death.

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2013

[UPDATE 12/16 @ 3:45pm]

The Aomori Family Court referred the case to the Osaka Family Court, as decided on the 9th.  Both students -- the one that died and the one that allegedly caused the death -- are from Osaka.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013

[UPDATE 3/19/2014 @ 1:58pm]

The Osaka Family Court decided to place the second-year student on probation.  The parents of the deceased tried to file manslaughter charges against the student, but prosecutors in Aomori felt it would be difficult to link the cause of death to the assault and referred the case to the Osaka Family Court.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2014

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Aomori Yamada given permission to compete at Summer Koshien Regional Tournament

by on Jun.15, 2012 @ 1:56 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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The Aomori High School Baseball Federation has given Aomori Yamada High School permission to compete in the regional tournament for the Summer Koshien.

A second year Aomori Yamada High School was suspected of an assault that led to the death of a first year student in December 2011.  The second year student was charged and withdrew from the high school.  The Aomori prosecutor's office has not yet finalized the case.

Aomori Yamada High School originally withdrew from the regional tournament but later decided that it wanted to give its third year players one last chance to compete and did not want the other students to miss out on the experience.

The Japan High School Baseball Federation was also consulted and did provide their consent with the understanding that the issue will be discussed again once the case is finalized.

Source: Sponichi 6/14/2012

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Fire at Aomori Yamada High School

by on Apr.13, 2012 @ 11:06 pm, under High School
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According to Sponichi, a fire broke out at Aomori Yamamda High School at around 3:00pm today.  The fire was located in the indoor baseball practice facilities -- a portion of artificial turf and two nets were burned by flames.  Two teachers suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

At the time of the fire, students were in class and the facilities were supposedly empty.  The door to the facilities were unlocked.

Aomori Yamada is currently involved in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a first year student on the baseball team that died after he was hit by another student.

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Aomori Yamada High School baseball manager was dismissed in March

by on Apr.10, 2012 @ 9:38 pm, under High School
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Aomori Yamada High School informed the media today that Tadanari Misaitsu (34) was dismissed from his post as manager of the baseball team on March 31 after a first year student died in December 2011.  Former Isuzu Motors baseball player Shinji Sato (39) was named as his replacement.  Practices are scheduled to resume on April 14.

Misaitsu was promoted to manager in July 2011.  He was in charge of the player dorms, but was not present on the day the first year student died.

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Family of Aomori Yamada High School baseball player files eighty-seven million yen lawsuit

(Updated on 4/11 @ 4:26pm with new information)

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Family of Aomori Yamada High School baseball player files eighty-seven million yen lawsuit

by on Apr.09, 2012 @ 8:37 pm, under High School
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The family of the Aomori Yamada High School baseball player that died in December after being hit by another member of the team filed an eighty-seven million yen lawsuit against the other member of the team, his parents, and the operators of the high school, Aomori Yamada Gakuen, with the Osaka district court today.

While the actual cause of death for the baseball player has not been identified, the family is claiming that the actions of the other student was the underlying cause of their son's death.  They are also claiming that the school was not properly prepared to handle emergency situations: the teacher that was supposed to be on watch was not present and there were no AED devices in the vicinity.

The lawyer for the family told reporters that the lawsuit was filed because the family does not want to see something like this happen again and because they want more establishments to become better prepared for medical emergencies.

Aomori Yamada Gakuen responded by saying that they were checking on the details of the lawsuit and that they already started going over dorm rules and regulations.

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Aomori Yamada High School withdraws as candidate for Summer Koshien

First year Aomori Yamada baseball player dies after being hit by second year student

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Aomori Yamada High School withdraws as candidate for Summer Koshien

by on Dec.21, 2011 @ 2:36 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien
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The Aomori High School Baseball Federation accepted Aomori Yamada High School's recommendation refusal for the 94th Summer Koshien.  According to Federation officials, Aomori Yamada made it to the Final Four of this year's Tohoku Fall Tournament and was one of three high school teams the Federation selected as candidates for the Summer Koshien.

Aomori Yamada High School also withdrew its players from the Aomori mixed team that will be taking part in a International Tournament in Taiwan (eight days beginning on 12/22).

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First year Aomori Yamada baseball player dies after being hit by second year student

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First year Aomori Yamada baseball player dies after being hit by second year student

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 10:09 pm, under High School
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A first year Aomori Yamada High School baseball player was found unconscious in the player dorms and rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 1am on 12/19. A second year student, who allegedly struck the first year student, is being questioned by Aomori police.

According to school officials, the first year student was caught cooking yakinuki in a vacant dorm room with three other first year students and warned by the second year student.  It was at this time that the second year student allegedly struck the first year student in the back, with his bare hand.

After being hit, the first year student appeared to have difficult breathing, fell unconscious, and was dead about two hours later.

The school manager is quoted as saying that there were no reported cases of regular bullying or violence.

UPDATE 12/20 @ 11:15am - A few more details: the first year student was making yakiniku in one of the unused rooms in the player dorm.  At past 11:00pm, the second year student was hanging some laundry when he noticed the group making yakiniku over a flame, something not permitted in the dorms.  He warned the group and struck the first year student in the back with his bare hand.  Shortly thereafter, the first year student started having difficultly breathing and lost consciousness.  The other players reported the incident to a coach that was in the dorm.

An ambulance arrived at the dorm at around 11:30pm and rushed the student to a hospital in Aomori.  The student was pronounced dead at around 1am on 12/19.  An autopsy has been conducted and the cause of death is being looked into.

UPDATE 12/20 @ 6:39pm - Even more details, via TV Asahi's Super J Channel and a Mainichi Shimbun report:

  • two dorm rules were broken: cooking is not allowed and despite there being a 10pm curfew, the first year students were having a get-together at 11pm.
  • second year student struck the first year student in the back once.
  • when the first year student started having difficulty breathing, he was taken to another room so that he could lie down.  He was conscious at the time and was able to have a conversation, but his condition grew worse.
  • a nearby judo therapist was called and he started performing CPR.

UPDATE 12/21 @ 10:30am - Aomori Yamada is planning to hold a press conference regarding the incident at 6pm today.

UPDATE 12/21 @ 9:43am - Aomori Yamada held a press conference today in order to offer an official apology to students, caregivers, and others involved.  They also announced that investigations were ongoing and that school officials were discussing what steps to take next.

UPDATE 12/23 @ 3:12pm - A wake for the first year student was held on 12/22.  About 1,000 people attended.

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