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Former Kansai University baseball player found guilty of fraud

by on Nov.21, 2009 @ 1:35 am, under College
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Former third year Kansai University baseball player Tetsuro Ueno (22-years-old) was found guilty of fraud on Tuesday.  Ueno was ordered to serve 3 years of probation with the possibility of 18 months in jail.

Ueno illegally acquired a bank passbook and ATM card that he later sold to Hiroyuki Kurioka (currently held for blackmail) for 30,000yen.  The bank passbook was then allegedly used by Kurioka in a 40M yen scam.

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Another former Kansai University baseball player arrested

by on Sep.27, 2009 @ 2:30 am, under College
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Another former Kansai University baseball player was arrested on Saturday in connection to the recent blackmail scandal that rocked the university.

22-year-old Tetsuro Ueno (上野哲朗) was arrested on charges of fraud.  According to Ueno, he made / collected bank accounts for Hiroyuki Kurioka on a number of different occasions in the past for the purpose of holding money that was conned out of people.

=== UPDATED 10/16/2009 @ 9:11pm

Kansai University announced on Thursday that they were expelling Kuirioka, back-dated to the 14th.

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Kansai University Resumes Baseball Activities

by on Sep.22, 2009 @ 9:02 pm, under College
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For the first time since August 5th, the Kansai University baseball team resumed baseball activities on the 20th.

After three players on the team were ultimately arrested on charges of blackmail, Kansai University decided to suspend all baseball operations until 9/20.  On the 21st, the University held a meeting to discuss if there should be an update to the baseball team's status and it was decided that the team would be allowed to resume baseball practice on the 22nd at the Osaka Takatsuki City baseball grounds.

98 students (first years through to third years as all fourth year students retired on 9/20) gathered together for 30 minutes on the 20th for some light running.

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An update on the Kansai University blackmail scandal; won’t play Fall League

by on Aug.18, 2009 @ 3:46 pm, under College
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Sponchi reported on the 17th that the police searched the team's clubhouse for any clues that might help reveal more information about the case.

The article also mentions that Hiroyuki Kurioka apparently quit the baseball team after his arrest.

And on Tuesday, two additional players were arrested: Ryo Tennojiya and Masaya Senuki. The two were charged with destroying evidence connected to the case.

Senuki has admitted that there was a bank book and that Kurioka spoke to Tennojiya about getting rid of a bank book. Tennojiya, however, does not "remember anything specific."

The police didn't find anything in their search of the team's clubhouse.

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The decision on whether or not to allow Kansai University to compete in the Fall League will be announced on the 28th.

Kansai University officials continue their own internal investigations and have extended the suspension of team activities (practice and exhibition games) until the 28th.

Hideo Tosa's resignation as manager of the team was accepted (filed on the 15th) and the interim manager will be Kenji Kinoshita (coach).

=== Update on 8/19 @ 4:48pm JST

Sanspo reports that Kansai University officials have decided not to participate in the Fall League that begins on the 29th. The Kansai Big 6 League will not try to find a replacement and will just play out the Fall schedule with 5 teams.

=== Update on 8/21 @ 4:09pm JST

The Kansai Big 6 put their stamp of approved of Kansai University's decision to bow out of the Fall League on Thursday.

The 2009 Fall League schedule was released on Thursday and of course only includes games featuring Ritsumei, Kinki, Doshisha, Kyoto, and Kwansei Universities.

=== Update on 8/28 @ 5:21pm JST

University officials announced that the suspension of all baseball activities has been extended until September 20th. Depending on how things turn out with the investigations, the suspension could be extended again.

Officials have also acknowledged that they received a request from the baseball team about volunteering their time at the Fall Leagues as part of their punishment.

=== Update on 8/30 @ 3:33pm JST

The Kansai Big 6, er 5, kicked off with opening ceremonies on Satuday. There was an open spot on the fielding during the ceremonies where Kanasi University players may have been standing had the team not bowed out of the league.

This marks the first time the league will only have 5 university team since the league was restructured in 1982.

=== Update on 9/1 @ 4:12am JST

According to Sponichi, Hiroyuki Kurioka was indicted with charges of attempted blackmailHiroki Akiya (an accomplice) was also indicted on the same charges.

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Kansai University player involved in blackmail scandal

by on Aug.06, 2009 @ 2:41 pm, under College
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The arrest of Kansai University 4th year baseball player Hiroyuki Kurioka sent ripples through the college baseball world on Wednesday.

A somewhat complicated story, but here goes.

Kurioka was supplying new bank accounts to a gang that was conning people out of money (furikomesagi). Hiroki Akiya, a high school friend that was attending the Osaka University of Commerce, was apparently working with Kurioka in securing new bank accounts.

When the two were arrested on Wednesday, it was because they were trying to coerce a 19-year-old male to create a new bank account for 50,000yen (~US$500). But when the student declined, the two threatened to kidnap him unless he paid them 2.5M yen (~US$25,000).

The story goes a little deeper though. The 19-year-old male was also apparently friends with Akiya and had already made a number of bank accounts in the past.

In the end, all three men were arrested on charges of attempted blackmail.

Now, the unfortunate thing in all of this is the effect it has had on the Kansai University baseball team. Because of Kurioka, all Kansai baseball team activities have been suspended until the 18th -- that includes practice and any games that might have been scheduled. The Fall League begins on the 29th, so not being able to practice until the 18th is a fairly big deal.

Tough break for Kansai.

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