Yomiuri Giants Owner Oikawa Resigns over Team Scandals


Tokyo, July 17 (Jiji Press)--Yomiuri Giants owner Shoichi Oikawa has resigned to take responsibility for a series of scandals involving players at the Japanese professional baseball team, the Giants said Tuesday.

His successor has yet to be named. It is unusual for a professional baseball team owner to quit during a season.

Kazuo Ishii, president of the giants, and Yoshitaka Katori, general manager of the Tokyo-based Central League team, will voluntarily have part of their salaries cut.

"We're determined to do all we can to prevent similar misconduct from happening again," Ishii said at a press conference in Tokyo.

Outfielder Takahiro Kakizawa had his contract with the Giants annulled on July 7 for allegedly stealing a jersey of a fellow player. He was arrested by police the following day for suspected theft. In an investigation by the team, Kakizawa admitted stealing some 110 baseball items and putting them up for sale.

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