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Head of shogi association resigns after top player cleared of cheating

Koji Tanigawa (Mainichi)

The head of the Japan Shogi Association, Koji Tanigawa, announced his resignation on Jan. 18 over the confusion caused by allegations of cheating by a high-ranking player.

Association director Akira Shima, who was in charge of handling the response to the allegations against Hiroyuki Miura, has also reportedly made up his mind to step down.

Miura, 42, who holds a ninth dan ranking in shogi, or Japanese chess, was suspended from matches and couldn't participate in the Ryuo championship as the challenger after suspicions that he illicitly used shogi software arose in October last year.

A third-party panel commissioned by the association submitted a report on the allegations in December. It said that there was no evidence that Miura cheated, while stating that his suspension was "inevitable."

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