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Why sport in Japan is often brutal

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28.05.2018

I think it is pretty clear to everyone that Nihon University American football head coach Masato Uchida and assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue told their quarterback Taisuke Miyagawa to injure the Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback. In their press conference they said he misunderstood their orders. Probably what they meant was injure the quarterback, but not so blatantly that it has gone viral.

Sports in Japan is still feudal in some areas and violence toward players is tolerated by the institutions because they want to win and gain prestige. Isolated incident, you may be thinking? Think again.

Do you remember a few years ago when the Sakuranomiya High School basketball captain chose death by suicide, rather than face another demeaning day of 30 slaps in the face from his coach? The coach “got results,” so his coaching methods were accepted for 18 years at that school. Eighteen years baby!!! The leadership of that school was quite okay with the coach slapping students in the face........

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