It has come to light that a male teacher who serves as the head coach of a high school boys' ekiden team in the city of Kumamoto repeatedly used corporal punishment against team members. The team is one of the top ekiden programs, having competed at the National High School Ekiden Championships three times. Kumamoto City Board of Education Deputy Director of Education Fujio Hashizume commented, "We are very sorry."
According to the Board of Education, the 37-year-old male who coaches at Chiharadai H.S. has since April this year repeatedly verbally and physically abused multiple team members during practice sessions and during the team's summer vacation training camp. The allegations came to light on Oct. 16 when the Board of Education received an anonymous report about the coach's actions. After interviewing each team member as well as the coach the Board of Education determined that abusive behavior had taken place.
The coach, who has led the Chiharadai boys' team since 2010, admitted that he had used corporal punishment and agreed to immediately accept any judgment against him.
Translator's note: As is customary, the original article does not name the coach. Per previous articles on the Chiharadai H.S. boys' ekiden team, its head coach is Kentaro Uchida.
translated by Brett Larner