At the end of July we reported that the Japanese Federation (JBF) had come under serious fire for the way they handed funds set aside by the "Japan Sports Promotion Center" (JSC) for 2016 Olympian Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介], who received only a third the money that he was supposed to get.
That story then snowballed with the JBF being accused of pressuring referees to fix results.
The president of the JBF, Akira Yamane, had been seen as the key figure head of the allegations and today he announced that he was going to tender his resignation due to the problems that have occurred under his watch.
The 78 year old had had his leadership addressed at a lengthy emergency meeting held by the JBF yesterday, and although they didn't fire him the meeting did essentially leave his position untenable, with Yamane stepping down today.
Yamane has got a lot of allegations to answer, including a relationship with a former gang leader, an allegation that the company who sold the only approved gloves was fronted by Yamane and that he had taken and misused money as well as telling officials to favour fighters from Nara.
Whilst Yamane stepping down is a start former JBF board member Yoshio Tsuruki seemed to suggest that this didn't do anything, and he seems to be after widescale changes, rather than just having Yamane step down. This was also something that seemed to be echoed by others, who seemed to think the issue was much deeper routed than just the out going president.
It's going to be interesting to see if others follow Yamane, who is unlikely to be the only bad apple within the JBF.
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