A 66-year-old man was handed a suspended one-year prison term Wednesday for entering the home of former Yomiuri Giants manager Shigeo Nagashima and threatening a maid with a knife.
The Tokyo District Court found Akira Ono guilty of intruding into the house in Ota Ward, Tokyo, on Aug. 7.
Ono used a knife to threaten a maid in the kitchen, saying he wanted to have a photograph taken of him with Nagashima’s daughter, sportscaster Mina Nagashima, 34, the court found.
On being told she was not there, Ono then demanded that the maid escort him upstairs to meet Nagashima, 66.
Ono then became nervous and ran away.
At the time of the intrusion, Nagashima and the maid were the only ones in the house.
In handing down the sentence, which was suspended for three years, presiding Judge Toshiro Fujii said, “It was a crime motivated by selfishness.”
Nagashima relinquished the helm of Japan’s most popular baseball team at the end of the 2001 season and currently serves as an adviser to the club.
He managed the Giants from 1975 to 1980 and then returned in 1993 for his second stint, steering the Central League club to five league titles and two Japan Series crowns, in 1994 and 2000.
He has been named head of player development for the Japanese national team in the leadup to the 2004 Olympics.
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