Shin Nakagomi, in addition to his wife and two daughters, appeared in a segment on TBS' Bakuhou The Friday on Friday and denied any involvement in the CPBL game-fixing scandal.
Said Nakagomi, "The lawyer told me if I confessed to doing it, I would be allowed to return home. I did not [do any game-fixing], I did not receive [money]. Admitting that I did was very difficult, but I went along with it for my family."
According to Nakagomi, he was called in one day by team officials and questioned about game-fixing. He recalled speaking to an acquaintance, who was a pitcher at the time, and giving him various bits of information about the team. He never thought the information would be used for gambling.
With regards to receiving money, Nakagomi admitted that he received "taxi fare" when he went out to eat with his acquaintance. The amounts were anywhere from about 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen. He did not realize it was a pay-off. He also added that the average salary for a player in Taiwan was about 1M yen.
Nakagomi was originally planning to fight the charges, but decided not to when his lawyer said it could take two or more years. And when he was told he would get a suspended sentence and be allowed to return to Japan if he admitted to the charges, he decided he would go through with it for his family's well-being -- his wife was making ends meet by selling things off like their car, clothes, and furniture.
Upon returning to Japan, Nakagomi took on a part-time job working night shifts at a shipping company. He managed to save up 3M yen and opened up a restaurant about 300 meters away from Koshien Stadium last December.
Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2012