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The Osaka municipal board of education fired a 47-year-old high school basketball team coach Wednesday for alleged violence against the club’s captain that led to the youth’s suicide in December.

The board said it took the action against Hajime Komura based on a report by an outside panel that stated the coach had slapped the 17-year-old boy in the face and head at least 20 times the day before the youth hanged himself on Dec. 23.

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