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Tainted Nihon U. dismisses gang-linked ex-boxing federation chief as visiting professor

Akira Yamane, former president of the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation, speaks in Osaka's Kita Ward, on Aug. 8, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Nihon University revealed on Aug. 10 that the school stripped former Japan Amateur Boxing Federation President Akira Yamane, who announced his resignation over his longtime relationship with a former gang chief and other scandals, of the post of visiting professor.

The school said the dismissal was made on Aug. 7 because the school judged that Yamane, 78, was "inappropriate as a visiting professor."

Yamane assumed the post in the sports science department in April this year. He was scheduled to have several classes during this academic year but he never taught, according to the university.

Meanwhile, the school said on Aug. 10 that it dismissed its chairman Hidetoshi Tanaka from the post of general head coach for the school's sumo club. The move was part of the university's efforts to avoid a recurrence of a dirty tackle incident by a linebacker on the school's American football team in May. The university announced that it will ban senior school officials from acting simultaneously as head coaches of school sports clubs.

According to the university, Tanaka was also relieved of his position as the manager of the long-distance division of the field and track club. President Kichibee Otsuka was dismissed as the manager of the rugby club.

A total of nine head coaches and managers of nine sports clubs had been dismissed by Aug. 7. Vice President Naoto Kato will continue to serve as the manager of the American football club to lead its recovery efforts for the time being.

The dirty tackle scandal was said to have happened because its now-dismissed head coach Masato Uchida wielded strong power while also serving as the university's managing director.

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