Ex-Nihon Univ. football coach denies instruction to inflict injury
Jiji -- May 24
Embattled former Nihon University American football top coach Masato Uchida and incumbent assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue on Wednesday denied having instructed a player of the university team to injure a rival team's quarterback.

The denial came a day after the Nihon University player, Taisuke Miyagawa, told a press conference that in a match earlier this month, he tackled the Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback violently and injured him at the instruction of Uchida and Inoue.

"It was not my instruction," Uchida told a news conference, denying having ordered Miyagawa to commit any illegal play. Uchida has resigned as the Nihon University team's top coach over the high-profile incident.

"I'm afraid I didn't see the tackle in question as I focused on the ball," Uchida insisted. "It was my fault as I should have seen the whole scene."

Inoue admitted that he told Miyagawa to "crush" the quarterback. "It's true that I said something radical, but I can't remember every word and phrase," he claimed. "I've never discussed whether it'll be good or bad if the quarterback is crushed."

日本大学アメリカンフットボール部の選手が危険なタックルをした問題で内田正人前監督らが会見を行い、内田前監督はタックルについて「指示はしていない」と改めて否定しました。 23日に都内で行われた緊急会見には、内田前監督と井上奨コーチが出席しました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
Aug 22
2 tropical storms are bearing down on Japan. Weather officials are calling on people to keep up on developments as they approach. (NHK)
Aug 21
20 million foreigners have visited Japan so far this year. It's the earliest in any year this milestone has been reached. (NHK)
Aug 20
A 14-year-old boy was arrested Sunday for allegedly stabbing a newspaper delivery woman in Osaka Prefecture in July, in what he claimed to be a random attack, police said. (Japan Today)
Aug 20
Police in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, are deploying 3,000 officers to find a suspect who has been on the run for a week. (NHK)
Aug 19
A former nurse at a hospital in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, was served a third arrest warrant on Saturday in a serial poisoning murder case about two years ago. (Jiji)
Aug 17
A rape suspect who escaped from an Osaka Prefecture police station earlier this week may have snatched purses from several people since going on the run, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Aug 16
Police are continuing to search for a man facing multiple charges who escaped from a police station in western Japan. (NHK)
Aug 14
A 30-year-old man suspected of theft, forcible intercourse and other charges escaped from a detention house of a police station in Tondabayashi in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (Jiji)
Aug 12
Japanese police carried out a climbing safety campaign on Mount Fuji on Mountain Day on Saturday. (NHK)
Aug 11
All nine passengers on a rescue helicopter that crashed on a mountain near the border of Gunma and Nagano prefectures on Friday died, Gunma Prefectural Government officials confirmed on Saturday. (Japan Times)