translated by Brett Larner
On May 1 the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office announced that it had decided on Apr. 30 not to press charges against a 22 year old former student who was expelled from Nihon Taiku University (Nittai) in March on suspicion of growing marijuana at one of the university's training facilities. The Prosecutor's Office made the decision based on the facts that "It was his first offense and the amount involved was trivial."
Beyond Nittai's expulsion of the student, a member of Nittai's pole vaulting squad, the Kanto Regional University Track and Field Association levied strict sanctions against the school including suspending the entire track and field team until the end of June and stripping Nittai's long distance squad of its prestigious seeded position in the 2010 Hakone Ekiden.