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BJ-League Side Rizing Fukuoka President Go Takenaka Suspected Of Embezzlement

04 / 16 / 14

BJ-League side Rizing Fukuoka President Go Takenaka "was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday along with three current employees of First-Consul, a Tokyo-based consulting company, and a former company employee" on suspicion of embezzling 380M yuan ($3.7M), according to Odeven & Naga...

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Tokyo Stadium To House '64 Cauldron

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Tags: Facilities, Japan

12/30/13
J.League Club Waits For New Stadium

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12/30/13
Tokyo Olympics Committee Preps Launch

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Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/23/13
Japanese Deputy To Take Olympic Role

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Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/20/13
Tokyo Governor Quits Over Scandal

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, the "driving force behind the city’s successful 2020 Olympic bid," said on Thursday that he would "resign over a money scandal," according to Jonathan Soble of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The author-turned-politician, elected a year ago with record voter support, "had been und ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/06/13
MLB, NPB Reach Posting System Agreement

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan, North America

12/03/13
Tokyo's Olympic Chair Faces Charges

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Tags: Olympics, Japan

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