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High school baseball officials decided Wednesday to ban scandal-hit Meitoku Gijuku from this fall’s regional tournament, which holds the key to the selection of teams for the national invitational meet next spring.

The move by the Japan High School Baseball Federation followed the revelation early this month that freshman and sophomore members of the Meitoku Gijuku team smoked cigarettes in its dormitory and upperclassmen physically bullied younger students on the team.

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