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Tsuneo Watanabe (渡邉 恒雄, Watanabe Tsuneo, born May 30, 1926) is a Japanese journalist and businessman. He is the Representative Director, Editor-in-Chief of the Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings company, which publishes the largest Japanese daily newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun and substantially controls the largest Japanese commercial television network Nippon Television Network.[1][2] He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Yomiuri Shimbun since 1985.

When the 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]


  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.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Kyodo News, "Giants ax Kiyotake after vocal Watanabe slight", Japan Times, 19 November 2011, p. 16.

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