From a Times interview with Akinori Iwamura:
Let me ask you about Elijah Dukes.
(Without translation begins to laugh.) Elijah Dukes? Unbelievable!
What would happen to a guy like Elijah Dukes in Japan? Would something like that ever happen over there?
If there is a player who does the same thing in Japan, the player is going to be buried. Buried not only professionally, but socially. Buried. Their life would be destroyed. The shame and disgrace that they brought upon themselves would basically destroy their life in Japan. That would not happen in Japan.