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Japan Basketball Association president Yasuhiko Fukatsu announced his resignation from the helm during a Tokyo news conference on Thursday with the sport’s national governing body likely to face a ban from FIBA.

Fukatsu said that during a JBA board meeting on the same day he revealed his intention to step down and take full responsibility for not having been able to orchestrate a merger of the NBL and bj-league, the nation’s two top leagues, one of the major issues FIBA, the sports global governing body, has asked the JBA to resolve by the end of October. FIBA has said it will suspend the JBA if its requirements weren’t met.

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