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Volume 10 No. 22
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BJ-League Side Rizing Fukuoka President Go Takenaka Suspected Of Embezzlement

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 & Nagatsuka of the JAPAN TIMES. The alleged illegal activities "took place in July and October 2010." Rizing exec Shiro Kobayashi said that the 36-year-old Takenaka, a certified public accountant, "maintains his innocence." The president of First-Consul "allegedly sent the money illegally taken from a company that sells teaching materials to another consulting company which he owns." Then, it has been alleged, "he later transferred the money to First-Consul." Takenaka "became the Rizing’s team president" in Dec. '12 (JAPAN TIMES, 4/15).