Actually, it is the other way around. They followed him to Gifu Tricky Panders after he was given the boot by Saishunkan. FukuHiro commented in a public statement that, in order to develop as players, they need to be with "Akihiro". Now that Imai has been indefinitely banned from becoming an NBA member (for various transgressions), he can only coach them behind the scenes. Have a look at some earlier posts on this thread for the lurid details.