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Japan's top baseball team Yomiuri Giants rocked by betting scandal

Tokyo: Japanese media baron Tsuneo Watanabe has been forced to resign from his post at the Yomiuri Giants after a fresh betting scandal rocked the country's top baseball team.

Giants' chief advisor Tsuneo Watanabe
Giants' chief advisor Tsuneo Watanabe

Watanabe (89) is one of three senior executives who will step down after relief pitcher Kyosuke Takagi was found to have bet on baseball games.

Gambling is generally illegal in Japan. The veteran tycoon is chairman of the Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings media empire and chief editor of its flagship Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, Japan's top-selling daily.

His resignation as the team's chief adviser was announced yesterday as the Giants said they would file a complaint with Japan's professional baseball organisation about Takagi, who faces a lifetime ban.

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