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Bob Hill hasn’t coached a game in Japan since March 10, 2011. A lot has changed since then, but a lot hasn’t; for instance, Japan basketball’s systemic dysfunction.

And unbeknownst to the basketball world at the time, that night’s home contest against the Akita Northern Happinets at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 marked the final game in Tokyo Apache history. The team’s American ownership group pulled the plug on Hill’s team after the March 11 disasters, and the now-defunct team, citing financial issues, didn’t return for the next season.

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