At a tense emergency meeting for parents, a male teacher in his mid-60s appeared dressed in a T-shirt and half pants for training. His mouth was tightly knit in a crooked line, and his expression was tinged with anguish.
I felt that the distance between the children, those who played in the games and those who did not, was getting further and further apart,” he said.
The teacher stood up in front of about 40 parents gathered in front of him, put his hands on the desk in front of him, and began to explain, sometimes with both eyes tightly closed. He was the I coach who had led the girls’ volleyball team at Nishinippon Junior College High School (Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture, hereinafter “Nishitan High School”) for about 40 years, and had led the team to the Spring High School Volleyball Tournament (All Japan Volleyball High School Championships) four times.
The purpose of the emergency meeting for parents held on September 4, 2011, in the second-floor hall of the school’s Risshikan building, was to question the past coaching practices of Coach I and the female coaches who have supported him.
The I supervisors verbally abused the students, calling them “developmentally disabled,” “You can’t do it,” “You’re in the way just by being here,” “You’re ugly,” “You’re fat,” and “You’re ugly. They denied the girls’ personalities and their passion for the sport. In addition, we have heard that he sometimes encouraged them to ignore certain students, or made them speak ill of each other to provoke them into violence.
This kind of insidious “coaching” has left the girls emotionally distraught, and several of them have become temporarily deaf from the stress. Five of last year’s third-year students could no longer tolerate this kind of behavior from Coach I, and they asked to leave the club before the Spring High School Volleyball Tournament, the culmination of their high school careers. An emergency meeting was held in response to this situation.
The emergency meeting was attended by Nishitan High School officials. After the meeting, the school conducted individual hearings with Director I and the female coach, but in the end, the school accepted their resignation at the end of September without any fact-finding.
While “NEWS POST SEVEN” reported on the verbal abuse by Coach I and the other coaches, the school’s women’s volleyball team is currently working under a new leader with a fresh start. However, there is still an unresolved issue concerning Director I. A parent of one of the girls in the above-mentioned story revealed, “At the time when Director I was coaching the girls, there was a problem with the school.
When Director I was coaching, the members of the girls’ volleyball team lived in a dormitory that he had built at his own expense. In ’22, 29 first- through third-year students commuted from the dormitory to school and devoted themselves to volleyball practice. The dormitory fee was 40,000 yen per month, and we were told in advance that the entire amount would be used to pay for food. However, when we spoke to the children, we learned that the actual budget for food was 10,000 yen per day, and that the girls took turns going to a nearby supermarket to buy groceries, and managed to provide three meals for the 29 students with this amount of money.
If the entire 40,000 yen dormitory fee was allocated to food expenses, as Director I had initially explained to the parents, the budget for one month’s worth of meals for 29 students would be 1,160,000 yen. If, on the other hand, the actual monthly food budget was about 300,000 yen, then the difference, 860,000 yen, would float every month. In other words, a large amount of “unaccounted-for” money was generated every month within the women’s volleyball club.
The fate of these dormitory fees was also discussed at the aforementioned emergency meeting of parents. According to the video of the meeting obtained by this magazine, a parent acting as the moderator first asked Superintendent I , “I have heard from the children that they are often told, ‘We have no money’ or ‘You (students) spend too much. We would like to know the details of the dormitory expenses,” to which Director I responded as follows.
I would like to know the details of the dormitory expenses,” Director I replied, “The cost of the dormitory was 10 million yen. The dormitory was purchased at a cost of 10 million yen, and of course the repayment of that amount is also included in the dormitory expenses. About three years ago, we renovated the dormitory, or rather, painted it, and it cost 1.5 to 1.6 million yen. （We also drilled a well the other day, which cost about 1 million yen. After all of these things were exchanged, it’s not clear here, but it looks like there is some money left over (for dormitory fees collected every month) and some not.
This was the first time that Director I admitted to the parents that he had been spending the collected dormitory fees on expenses other than food. On the other hand, he was unable to provide more specific details about where the money was being spent, and another parent, who was not convinced, immediately asked more questions.
He said, “I don’t know what he spent about 500,000 to 600,000 yen (taking into account the cost of the dorm’s construction, facilities, and utilities). (I’m sure the director would know how the dormitory fees are being used, right? (omission) Because even the teachers are in charge of (dormitory expenses). (omission) If he can’t tell you, just ask him to tell you that he can’t tell you, and then tell him that you will give him the details later. (Parents should be able to estimate the dormitory fees. (The guardians pay an estimated 1.2 million yen per month in dormitory fees.
Director I had to respond to these questions by remaining silent for about 20 seconds. The parent asked, “Are you sure you can produce the income and expenditure report (for dormitory expenses)? When asked by a parent, “Are you sure that you can produce the report of income and expenditure (of dormitory fees)?
On October 11, after he retired from the school, Director I submitted to the parents an “investigation report” that specifically showed how the dormitory expenses were spent, which was prepared by a consulting firm headed by a tax accountant who was a friend of Director I. The contents of the 11-page A4-size booklet, however, did not dispel the distrust of Director I that had been growing among the parents. The contents of the 11-page, A4-size booklet, however, did not dispel the parents’ growing distrust of Superintendent I. “Most of the receipts for food expenses were kept in a safe deposit box.
We found that most of them did not keep receipts for food expenses. As for expenditures that could not be supported by receipts, the consulting company simply wrote down the amounts they estimated after interviewing Director I and others. In other words, the figures for the expenditures without receipts were only those that were recorded at the behest of Director I. In effect, it was like an admission of the existence of unaccounted-for funds.
According to the investigation report obtained by this magazine, the investigation covered the 29-month period from April 2008 to August 2010, and the total dormitory fees collected from parents during this period was 3,175,000 yen. Of this amount, a total of 2,257,000 yen was allocated to food expenses, but receipts were only confirmed for 696,697 yen, which was only 30% of the total food expenses.
In addition, when expenses for utilities, appliances, and other items for which receipts were available were subtracted from the dormitory fees collected from parents, the total amount of “unaccounted-for” expenses without receipts amounted to 18,264,303 yen. Nevertheless, the investigation report concluded that there were no unusual accounting expenditures.
While the investigation report brought to light a large amount of unaccounted-for funds, neither Superintendent I nor the school have ever provided an explanation to the parents. On the other hand, according to the registry, the owner of the dormitory is Director I (now sold), and it can be confirmed that the dormitory was not a school facility from the beginning. According to one of the parents, the school was not involved in the management of the dormitory fees, and it was left to the discretion of Director I.
Therefore, the allegations regarding the unaccounted-for funds were naturally directed at Superintendent I. In fact, Superintendent I had asked the parents to attend a parent-teacher conference. In fact, after Director I submitted the investigation report to the parents’ association, several parents, who were not satisfied with the contents of the report, visited Director I at his home later that day.
When the parents approached him and asked him what was wrong, he replied, “I don’t receive any salary from the school. He said, “I don’t even get paid by the school. I’ ve been coaching the volleyball team for free, so what’s wrong with that?
It is obvious that the fact that Director I does not receive a salary from the school does not justify the use of unaccounted-for funds. I heard that Director I himself offered to give his salary to the female coach because he didn’t want it. When a parent pointed this out, Director I said, ‘I don’t know anything about that.
Part 2: “A cucumber is the only side dish for the players, and the director drives nearly 10 passenger cars… We directly confronted the director of the prestigious volleyball club about the allegations! Part 2: “A player’s side dish is a cucumber.
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