Hayashiba Naoko flees Japan and is now holed up in New York

Former Woman's Shogi Meijin, Hayashiba Naoko, has fled Japan because of the terrible publicity she has received in the last few days. She is now in New York City.

Meanwhile, this morning's tabloid press in Japan has called her a back stabbing bitch, a traitor, a slut and various unspeakable names.

Hayashiba Naoko
Hayashiba Naoko

It appears that the level of Japanese chess in New York is about to go way up, as Hayashiba Naoko is not likely to be going back to Japan soon.

For those of you who missed the news, Hayashiba Naoko, the former ladies national champion of Japanese chess, is the new Monica Lewinsky of Japan.

Sam Sloan

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