• Kyodo


The 47-year-old basketball coach at Osaka’s Sakuranomiya Senior High School whose beating of the team’s 17-year-old captain allegedly prompted the youth to kill himself last month slapped another boy the face repeatedly in 2008 during practice for a sports festival, the city board of education has revealed.

The board said Sunday that the coach slapped the teen two or three times, pushed him to the ground, told him to put in more effort and slapped him again on Sept. 24, 2008, while they were practicing gymnastics, inflicting an internal mouth injury upon the teen.

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