Tsuneo Watanabe

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Tsuneo Watanabe (渡邉 恒雄 Watanabe Tsuneo?, born May 30, 1926) is a Japanese businessman. He leads the Yomiuri Shimbun,[1][2] and he has a great influence on Japanese sports and Japanese politics. Informally he's nicknamed as Nabetsune, although he hates it.


When Japan Professional Soccer League was established, he insisted that each football club should put each company's name on the football clubs. Usually, in Europe and the United States, each professional team or club put each city's name on the team.

In August 2004, Watanabe resigned as Yomiuri Giants president after it was revealed that the Giants baseball club had violated scouting rules by paying ¥2 million to pitching prospect Yasuhiro Ichiba. Ten months later, Watanabe was hired as chairman of the Yomiuri Giants.[3]

When Japan Professional Baseball League was on the big crisis because one team collapsed and the League was going to become just one league system from two leagues system, the central League and the pacific League in 2005, he criticized the President of Japan Professional Baseball Players' Association, Atsuya Furuta because of Furuta's struggles for maintaining two leagues ' system.


  1. Kelly, Tim (May 17, 2009). "Samurai Of Print". Forbes. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  2. Borden, Sam (March 5, 2006). "WORLD OF HURT. Hideki's choice not to play for Japan could cost him". Daily News. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  3. Kyodo News, "Giants ax Kiyotake after vocal Watanabe slight", Japan Times, 19 November 2011, p. 16.

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