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  1. Jonosuke

    Et Tu, Haruma?

    The Kyokai's Special Investigation Committee Chairman Shigeru Ito, Waseda University Professor, released a preliminary finding by his committee on an Weekly Flash magazine article, "Relationship between Ozeki Harumafuji and Organized Crime Group Executive". According to the story, organized crime group executive participated in a golf event sponsored by Isegahama Beya in May two years ago and took a photo with the heya's Ozeki Harumafuji marking the occasion. The Committee talked to Isegahama oykata (former Yokozuna Asahifuji) and as a result of the conversation concluded the following: - The photo was taken at the golf event sponsored by the heya - No special relationship between the oyakata or the ozeki and the organized crime group executive exists - Isegahama oyakata denies any relationship with known organized crime groups The committee also requested to the magazine editor to provide further information dealing with the individual identified as an organized crime group executive. According to Isegahama oyakata, the event was participated by around 200 people, either the members of the heya's Supporter Club or those having connections with the group. At the moment the heya is trying to find out how the individual came to attend the event.
  2. Jonosuke

    The Next Rijicho

    While Musashigawa oyakata did not show up at today's special directors meeting, it is all but certain that he is stepping down from the chairman's post shortly after his return to the post in the next several days. Acting Chairman Murayama expressed his personal wish not to continue as the permanent chairman, it will come down to the current directors to decide the next chairman. Ministry of Education and Science is pushing for an external director while the diehards in the board will press for a man with sumo experience. So the question is which side wins? I imagine it's too early for Takanohana but Kitanoumi is more or less has-been. Dewanoumi had his shear of problems. Kokonoe may be a candidate but with Sanoyama is still in deep pile the field is all wide open. Tomozuna has shown his eagerness too much while Hanaregoma may be good as a temporary one as he is not really a shaker or mover. What they need is a strong reformer but do they have one? It should be interesting to watch how they deal with the departure of Musashigawa.
  3. Jonosuke

    The Next Rijicho

    As it's not totally relevant here so I won't repeat it here but many consider Asashoryu's downfall stems from his outburst against an Nikkan Sports (Korean) writer calling him, "You Kimchi Bastard!"
  4. Jonosuke

    The Next Rijicho

    Whether or not the (internal) directors subscribe to the theory that the Kyokai should be led by a former yokozuna. in the sumo world, a yokozuna gains an instant recognition in his active days and even after his retirement. After Takanohana nominated Kitanoumi and Kitanoumi accepted the nomination, the air in the Kyokai board meeting must have gotten thickened rapidly and I am sure most in the room felt they could not breathed. With Kitanoumi showing his intention to take over, Hanaregoma quickly expressed his wish to defer to Kitanoumi. Once this happened, the external directors more or less panicked as the Ministry and external members of the Independent and Special committees would not accept Kitanoumi, already scarred from the previous incident. It was left to Acting Chairman Murayama to save the day as he reminded those in attendance that the circumstance behind Kitanoumi's departure from the post two years ago and requested to vote for the chairman by a secret ballot (of course as with all Kyokai goings-on, the secret is by name only). Cooler heads prevailed and other than Takanohana, Kitanoumi and two other renegades, all elected for Hanaregoma to the relief of most in the Kyokai. Obviously this Takanohana episode was not something of a spur of the moment thing as he and Kitanoumi had prepared this in advance. It's been said that Kitanoumi did not even give a pause to think it over when Takanohana suggested him to be the next chairman. He instantly accepted it. It's been quite clear that Kitanoumi never wanted to leave his post as even till the very last moment, he asked he would be given a time off, rather than being replaced altogether. Takanohana obviously respects Kitanoumi for his achievement and no doubt considers him to be a dai-yokozuna. Even before Takanohana got himself elected to the board, he was given a prominent position of Deputy Director of Judging, normally reserved for most experienced and distinguished oyakata. Some suggested Takanohana opted for Kitanoumi as Hanaregoma representing Nishonoseki Ichimon and Takanohana's unpleasant experience with the Ichimon over his departure. But I think that was not an important factor as Hanaregoma's character tends to let the past dictate the present or future. Takanohana should know it as he has worked with Hanaregoma for sometime now. Of course Hanaregoma was hand picked by Musashigawa to be the next chairman and I am sure Takanohana was bothered by it as that is the kind of thing, the righteous Takanohana could not sit quietly by. But regardless in these last little while, his actions leave many to doubt what his true ambitions for the Kyokai are.
  5. Jonosuke

    The Next Rijicho

    Some in the Kyokai believe the chairman should be a yokozuna, not mere an ozeki but not sure if Takanohana is the believer. Kitanoumi was never a darling of the press but then again he wasn't a wussy who gets pushed around by anyone. Personally they made a better choice in picking Hanaregoma as an intermediate chairman as they all need a breather or two now. Hanaregoma would never be a controversial chairman and that's the person they need now. If there is someone in the board who could be accepted (though gudgingly) by the Ministry, it would have been Hanaregoma. So they got their own Mawashi group chairman and the Ministry got the least objectionable so at least they may be not entirely unhappy.
  6. Although Ministry of Education and Science and NHK guys never believed the Kyokai has finally learned the lessons and start renewing itself to its reformed road, but they were giving good impression up to now but alas! that did not last. They have shown again their true self to disappoint many other ordinary folks who truly believed they were on their road to recovery. The Kyokais's legal counselor and the man who serves both Governance Committee and Special Investigating Committee, Koichiro Mochizuki, 53, has his contract terminated by the Kyokai yesterday. And the proverbial shisho hit the fan quick and swift that they never knew what hit them. Takayasu Okushima, Independent Committee Chair went ballistic before anyone could even spell out Musashigawa. Just as the Kyokai's reform plans were started getting into the track, an e-mail arrived into Mochizuki's Inbox from the Kyokai advising the termination of his contract with the Kyokai. It said, "With the return of Chairman Musashigawa to his post and in recognizing the matters to have resolved for the time being, the instruction has been received from chairman Musashigawa...". "It means that they are saying they do not trust MR. Mochizuki, our colleague and counsel. Essentially what it shows is that they have no desire or will to seriously work on reforms," Chair of the Independent committee Okushima said. Special Investigating Committee Chairman Shigeru Ito, Waseda University Honorary Professor sent one brief message to the Kyokai executives, "Under no circumstance we will accept this decision." "If this is the general opinion of the Kyokai as whole then I have a grave doubt of any chance at all of their renewal. I have a real sense of apprehension that they cannot renew itself and will be facing a total oblivion," Mochizuki commented. It appears that the Kyokai was totally caught off guard as they did not expect such fierce reactions from their external members and fearing total desertion by the external members, they promptly extended their peace offering by ceiling Mochizuki to continue with the job. Mochizuki specializes in sports related legal field but he maintains a close tie with Ministry of Education and Science, which irks certain oyakata who kept demanding Musashigawa to release Mochizuki. "The man never brings any profitable information back to us. He is just a Ministry of EduSci puppet," complained an oyakata. Chairman Musashigawa declined to comment on the whole episode. But at least they can all breathe again as the mutiny appeared to have subsided for the time being.
  7. Jonosuke

    Kyokai Fires and Re-Hires their Lawyer

    They will certainly need to run a tighter ship if the Kyokai loses the charter as I believe it will give an excuse for NHK to give up their live coverage in time. Will someone else pick up the right? I think Wowow or PerfcTV is a good candidate to offer the coverage but being a satellite provider they will have limitations such as inaccessible to those living in urban areas with high buildings around. Of course they can also provide the coverage on web but as their demographics tend not as computer savvy, again the exposure will be limited. Last basho they had hits numbering 10,000 per day in the best day but when you consider it is free, it isn't really a high number. Privatizing the enterprise means they lose the donation money and become more like the rest of professional marital arts, wrestling and boxing outfits. If it happens obviously they will need to curtail their current schedule drastically as well as cut lower division rikishi as an organization like K-1 only has around two dozen wrestlers and only hold half a dozen days of tournament. Looking at the current state of boxing, professional wrestling and K-1, they will likely need to limitng the number of rikishi to around three dozens and limit their number of basho days to around 30 at best as losing the all of the donations and gifts as well as NHK right money will likely amount to more than 60% of cash flow, but at least they have a good asset in the Kokugikan which should fetch a good chunk of money from a developer as it stands in an excellent location for a condo or office building..
  8. Jonosuke

    Kyokai Fires and Re-Hires their Lawyer

    Well I only compared to this year's Nagoya to the last year's number so in that sense, it was emptier. Regarding all these issues, certainly they existed prior to Musashigawa and that is precisely the point of the Kyokai being forced to bring in external "auditors" and "observers" so that they would not all settle these issues behind the close doors and keep them all to themselves. And as for Ministry of EduSci, it's not that they need the Kyokai, quite contrary, the Kyokai needs their backing desperately for their survival. The fact that they got to this point is nothing but the result of neglect and complacency over all these years. Once they had a Rijicho so troubled by criticisms received from the public and politicians as well as other Kyokai members unwilling to act, he attempted to commit a suicide. Unfortunately right now the high echelons in the Kyokai are more interest in their own self preservation than the interest of Ozumo as whole, we no longer have enough oyakata in the Kyokai that feel that passionate and fervently about the destiny of Ozumo. Instead they are getting upset by external members taking the power they used to exclusively control or squabbling about who should occupy the chairman's seat. Isn't their first priority to regain the public's trust and renewal of Ozumo?
  9. Jonosuke

    The Next Rijicho

    Q and A: Hanaregoma, new Kyokai chairman ----------------------------------------------------- Q: On the operation policy of the Kyokai. A: I am a complete amateur as far as these serious problems the Kyokai is beset with now but I am hoping to search solutions ably assisted by our external members. Q: There are those who called for an external member to take over the chairmanship. A: I have received confirmations that it was not the absolute requirement so I deiced to accept it as I was humbled by those who had faith in me to cast the ballot for me. Q: Is there a possibility of creating a post of Deputy Chairman, selected from outside the Kyokai? A: I am very appreciative of Acting Chairman Murayama (non-Kyokai member) taking over the post when we most needed such a person to serve for us. He was able to accomplish things somone like myself, an insider, could not have done. As for the issue of deputy chairman, I'd like to set it as agenda in the future board meeting. Q: Why did you accept the chairmanship? A: I have my own doubt that someone like myself can perform the duty satisfactory. I wasn't confident at all to get the job done and frankly I was rather dismayed to find myself being asked to take over the post in such desperate time. But many others have asked me to carry on and as they believed in me so much, in the end I decided to accept it despite my misgivings. Q: On reforms. A: More than full scale reforms, what I would like to tackle first is to resolve the acute problems we are facing right now. And how best not to repeat the same errors again in the future, I feel that is the most important thing.
  10. Jonosuke

    Kyokai Fires and Re-Hires their Lawyer

    The problem with them is a lot of people switched to golf and whole lotta other things. Ozumo has lost their popularity right and left. They can only stay in business because of their contract with NHK and special tax status they enjoy being under the umbrella of the government. If they lose both, they will be nothing more than a roller derby. They will lose three quarters of their current members as they simply cannot pay the expenses without substantial donations they get because of tax status. The expense of holding the basho is pretty much covered by the rights paid by NHK, without that they will not be able to hold non-Tokyo basho. Yomiuri's Ozumo magazine is publishing its last issue next month and who knows how long NHK can continue to publish their magazine as the magazine was never profitable to them by itself. The Kyokai is in such dire state that any time Ministry guys make a noise, the directors have to rush over to see them and apologize. The only saviors they have right about now are those external directors. The vast majority of general public lost their faith in the Kyokai tops to do the right things and do not trust them any longer. Just witness how empty the Nagoya was despite no NHK coverage. So far the Aki is proving to be no different. There are solutions to what ail them but in the last several years there is no other sport organization in Japan that had as much problems as the Kyokai and that speaks volume. Standing up in front of the media and apologize to all, coming from them, sound all so hollow after half a dozen times. The committees have done nothing so far? Well just consider what the Kyokai executives have done in the last couple of years to prevent one fiasco after another from exploding every couple of basho or so. Up to now they practically have done nothing. Actually all they did was to establish committees made of external members after forced by all those uproars. They have disappointed many. We simply reached a point of no return, either they show they are serious about this whole reform thing or they might just close the shop and go home.
  11. Jonosuke

    Kyokai Fires and Re-Hires their Lawyer

    Well for the Kyokai regulars, the sh*t keeps hitting the proverbial fan. The Kyokai honchos decided to let their chief counsel Koichiro Mochizuki go and quickly had to backtrack to hire him again after inciting a near riot in their committees made up exclusively of external members a couple of days ago. The Kyokai's Director of Operations, Dewanoumi oyakata (former Sekiwake Washuyama) and Director of Public Affairs Michinoku oyakata (former Ozeki Kirishima) were summoned by Ministry of Education and Science officials on August 11 to explain the events leading up to the firing and subsequent re-hiring of their legal counsel, Mochizuki. The two were told by the officials that Education Minister Tatsuo Kawabata specifically asked the so-called Mawashi Group (the Kyokai insiders) should not meddle with reform efforts initiated by the Independent Governance Committee and Special Investigating Committee. As well the Ministry says they are currently considering bringing in their own representatives in each committee. Both oyakata arrived at the Ministry office around 4:40 PM today and elaborated on the event from a Kyokai's point of view for half an hour. They were told that the minister was not so much bothered by the fiasco itself but was concerned with a comment made by the chairman of Independent Governance Committee, Okushima, who told reporters, "this (the termination of contract) is nothing more than their expression of non-compliance. That leaves us no choice but to accept this as their intention of not wanting to attempt any reform. In this we will fight them all out. This is nothing but a declaration of war". The minister specifically instructed Ministry's Manager for Competitive Sports, Satoshi Ashitate, to have a discussion with Kyokai's top executives as he has been aware of a movement from a segment of Kyokai oyakata to oust Mr. Mochizuki who is serving as a contact between the Ministry and the Kyokai. He was concerned that such move within the Kyokai would truly hinder the Kyokai's efforts to bring about real reforms in the organization. "We should be reminded that we are at a crucial juncture now. We will have a serious issue if the Kyokai takes an action that may be perceived as taking a step backwards. Just as they are beginning to regain their social trust, if the executives go about and start destroying the very fabric of reforms, what will be the point of doing anything at all? In essence that is our message we were trying to convey to them today," Ashitate said. "We also asked them to inform us in advance any time they are planning to replace any members of Independent Governance and Special Investigating Committees as well as when the member's functions change." "I must admit it's extremely rare that we at the ministry interfere with any foundation's internal affairs to this degree but they are forcing us to act," Ashitate added. As the members of both committees are appointed by the Kyokai, the Ministry is increasingly concerned that the executives would bend to the will of certain oyakata within the Kyokai to stop any reform plans initiated by the external members. "We made it clear to the Ministry people that we have no intention at all to stop the reforms," Dewanoumi oyakata told reporters as he left the building..
  12. Jonosuke

    Kyokai Fires and Re-Hires their Lawyer

    The old guard of the Kyokai, especially those close to Musashigawa as well as those who had a firm grip in the way the Kyokai operated in the past like Kitanoumi, Dewanoumi, Kokonoe and Tomozuna are really feeling that they are losing the control to the Kyokai outsiders. Mochizuki used to be a power base of one, himself. He had no permanent external members to back him up and provided him support. While the Kyokai used to occasionally have asked outsiders for a special reason, the members were all temporary. The YDC members are all outsiders but they only gather every other month and their mandate is to deal with yokozuna related issues. But now the old guards are threatened by Mochizuki as Mochizuki has started to gain more prominence and influence. Some in the Kyokai feel he has even formed a shadow cabinet of sort. Mochizuki is not only the Kyokai's chief legal counsel but he is also a member of both Independent Governance Committee and Special Investigation Committee. But more than anything else what bugs the old guards is Mochizuku has a thick pipeline going straight to the Ministry of Education and Science. The old guards suspect (correctly by the way) that whatever they discuss within the Kyokai's Board meetings and other committees are all being reported to the high echelons in the Ministry promptly. It is a reflection of the old guards unable to face the current reality. Indeed their unwillingness to transform and face up to the new reality is hindering the Kyokai's efforts of substantial reforms. First the Kyokai should realize that almost all the leaks to the media are coming from within the Kyokai, not from their external members but from their own oyakata rank. And second, the Ministry of EduSci is not their enemy and by viewing them with such hostility will not help their cause as if the Ministry decides not to grant the charter, it will have catastrophic consequences to them. They will need to make every effort to bring them into their fold (one thing to note is that up to now the Ministry has never proceeded to void a charter of any organization under their umbrella). Not only this benefits them in their operations but the Kyokai can have more stable relationships with NHK, having the Ministry mediate between them. Rather than behaving like a bunch of reactionaries, they should assess the predicament they are in and seriously work with influential external members like Mochizumi rather than fearing him becoming the next Kyokai chairman.
  13. Possibly you are reading too much into Wakatoba leaving the Kyokai altogether. It may simply be that he left the Kyokai for a family reason, nothing much to do with the Kyokai business. As Oguruma said he was told of Wakatoba's intention back in June so this is something Wakatoba must have given a good deal of time. He is one of those guys who were never spectacular but is a good all around human being and would have made a good coach so it is a loss to the Kyokai but Takekaze is well versed and intelligent so the share went to one of good men in Ozumo. However I still think the destiny of Oshiogawa resides with Tamanoshima.
  14. Jonosuke

    New recruits for July 2010

    I am not sure if anyone has uploaded this but then for this basho there is not much to ponder about.
  15. An active rikishi can own a Toshiyori share - for instance Kaio has one as well as Tosanoumi. In the olden days there were active rikishi who was also a Toshiyori (i.e. oyakata) at the same time though they are not allowing it at the moment but I don't believe it is written down forbidding it. In that case someone like Kotonowaka did not have to retire to take over Sadogatake Beya. Anyway an active rikishi can simply rent it to a qualifying retired rikishi. If a Toshiyori share owning oyakata dies, his share is considered to be just like anything else he owned like house, land, bank account or dog, it become a a part of the family inheritance. The person who becomes the legal holder of Toshiyori share will control it. Obviously only qualifying former sekitori can use it so it will be either sold or be rented. A typical example of this is Otake share. Former Yokozuna Taiho had it and presumably he "gave" it to his daughter. She married Takatoriki and he became Otake oyakata and inherited it after adopted by Taiho legally (so Takatoriki's family name even changed). After Takatoriki separated himself from Otake Beya and he again legally voided the relationship (as Taiho's adopted son) and divorced his daughter. As the share was never bought, he never had the full title to it so he cannot rent or sell it to anyone and the share went back to Taiho's daughter again. Whoever is taking over Otake Toshiyori will be either paying a rent money to Taiho's daughter or must buy it from her. I believe his daughter has up to five years or so to sell it. It appears to me sooner or later Musashimaru may want to buy a share from someone as as a former yokozuna, it's kind of embarrassing to remain as a mere rank and file oyakata for the rest of his working life.
  16. Jonosuke

    Scandal fallout

    I doubt people woke up all of sudden to go buy the tickets on line or go to JR's Midori No Madoguch or Lawson. The advance ticket sales follow the trend established in the last basho and it will take a bit of time to have the people coming back to see Ozumo again. The Kyokai has not announced any plan for refund and if they don't even come close to sell out the place, why hurry as there are so much time to get the tickets later on. Just like always the weekend tickets will sell out or close to sell out as the basho gets closer and the people get more interested. Aside from the obvious reason, it's been incredible hot and humid in Tokyo so why kill yourself lining up in front of pretty much deserted Kokugikan. Right about now we all can find cooler places for that kind of strenuous activity. Might as well go for 250 Yen Yoshinoya Gyudon, better use of money and time.
  17. Former Wakatoba, Oshiogawa left the Kyokai due to what they announced as a personal reason, making the share vacant but snapped just as quickly by Takekaze.
  18. He was one of the five members competed and won his bout for Tottori Johoku in the final. The school beat Chubu Norin by four to one, Gan-erdene beat Fukuisato of Chubu Norin by Tsuri. He did not participate in the individual category. There was another student from Nagareyama Minami High in Chiba, who sounded like a Mongolian but he lost in his second preliminary bout.
  19. All Japan High School Tournament is currently being held in Okinawa this year but Sumo competitions were all decided this week. In the group category, Tottori Johoku (Kotomitsuki's alma mater) defeated Okinawa's Chubu Norin in the final to win the yusho. While in the individual category, arguably the best high school amateur, Saitama Sakae's Taiki Nakamura beat Takahiro Yasuda of Shonan High in Kagoshima. Nakamura defeated Kisaki of Tottori Johoku while Yasuda downed Goto of Takushoku University Koryo HIgh School in the semi-final. By winning the the tournament, Nakamura was officially crowned as the 2010 High School Yokozuna.
  20. Jonosuke

    The Next Rijicho

    Asashoryu used to say any time a rikishi goes up on the dohyo, he should be prepared to even risk his life doing so. Well, Musashigawa is literally doing that by staying on. What he went through is not something he can disimiss easily. Everyone who has seen him now knows he is not well. He lost over 10 kg in a month and he is continuing with the treatment. Acting Chairman Murayama even said that the job of Kyokai chairman is not only a day job but literally a 24/7 job, one cannot do it if he is not prepared to dedicated all his waking hours to it. So why continue? It's simple. Because the remaining directors (those Kyokai insiders) do not want an external director to take over the position. They fear that once they let the position go to an outsider, that will create a precedent and it may become a normal regular affair. But their biggest problem is that they cannot find anyone willing or acceptable (to Ministry of EduSci for example) to replace him. Even Hanaregoma who has been talked about as a compromise candidate said he was not interested yesterday. "There was no opposition to him (Musashigawa) continuing, so the (directors) meeting ended quickly. I was told my name has been mentioned somewhere as the next chairman but I find it quite distasteful. Actually I am rather upset as there is no basis to the story". But even with many of them wanting him to continue, some members are concerned about his health as well. "He lost quite a bit of weight and I understand he is suffering from neck pain as well. You know, it's really easy to quit but so hard to continue," said Michinoku oyakata, Kyakai's Director of Public Relations. Meanwhile the process is already started. Over at Musashigawa Beya, former Ozeki Musoyama is preparing to take over the heya from Musashigawa and switch the heya name from Musashigawa to Fujishima. He will take over all the rikishi from Musashigawa and settles the heya at the current Musashigawa Beya location and building.
  21. The tears shed over the Emperor's Cup, not given to him despite winning three straight all win yusho for the first time since the 15 day basho was instituted in the summer of 1949, turned out to be the tears of joy and rewarded in the end. Yokozuna Hakuho were all smiles today at the Kokugikan after the Emperor himself personally sending him a congratulatory message for his achievement. The letter was carried by a special envoy of the Imperial Household Agency to the Ryogoku Kokugikan today and handed over to Acting Chairman Murayama who met Hakuho in his office subsequently. Murayama said Hakuho appeared to be visibly moved when told of the consideration extended by the emperor. According to the Kyokai Public Relations Department, it was so unusual for the emperor to personally send a message of appreciation to a single rikishi that they have no such precedence.
  22. Jonosuke

    Another new committee-the Governance

    Basically the oyakata are raising an issue of privacy but I really do not see what they are trying to protect. In the neighborhoods they camp, just about everyone knows who owns the land and house. Most are shrines and temples or old factory warehouses. As Otoko san says, the records can be easily checked at a local registrar's office. I personally think their objection lies elsewhere. By disclosing their chummy relationships, something else will be highlighted, financial arrangements. In Japan when you rent an apartment, it's not just the first and last rent you pay but you also need to cough up a little bit extra to the owner, an appreciation. There is no question certain amount of money is paid to the owner or the owner may waive it. It's a business arrangement but all these monies should be properly reported for tax purpose but I doubt they are doing it right now. If the owner waive it, it is a contribution to the heya and it is a revenue in a sense so it must be reported. If the owner is receiving some money then he will have to report it too. All these things will be checked up if the records become public and I am sure the tax agency will be interested in that if nothing has been reported for all those years. One thing glaringly lacking with the Kyokai and members has been pointed out countless time and it is transparency.
  23. 37th Eastern Japan University Individual by Weight Sumo Open July 25 at the Yasukuni Shrine Sumo Grounds ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Open: 1. Hidemasa Meigetsuin (Nihon Taiiku University 4th year) 2. Takumi Shiba (Nihon Unversity 1st year, Saitama Sakae High grad) 3. Kentaro Yasuhiko (Nihon University 1st year, Saitama Sakae grad) 3. Akira Miyamoto (Chuo University 4th year) 135 kg and over: 1. Takayuki Sakuma (Nihon University 4th year) 2. Shogo Kawabata (Nihon Unversity 1st year, Kanazawa Gakuin Highashi High grad) 3. Kohei Ichinose (Nihon Taiiku Unversity 1st year, Fukuoka Kaisei High grad) 3. Takeya Doi (Nihon University 2nd year, Buntoku High grad) 135 kg or less, over 115 kg : 1. Kyohei Takeda (Takushoku University 2nd year, Kanazawa Gakuin Higashi High grad) 2. Akihisa Matsunaga (Nihon Taiiku University 4th year) 3. Masaya Shinri (Nihon Taiiku University 4th year) 3. Ato Okimoto (Daito Bunka University 2nd year) ==================================== 35th Western Japan University Individual by Weight Sumo Open July 25 at the Osaka Sakai Ohama Sumo Grounds ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Open: 1. Yuichi Tanimura (Kinki University 4th year) 2. Takateru Masuda (Kinki University 4th year) 3. Kensei Uehara (Kinki Univesity 3rd year) 3. Nishimura (Tokai Gakuen) 135 kg and over: 1. Jintoku Takeda (Kinki University 4th year) 2. Hamaguchi (Kinki University) 3. Tanizawa (Asahi University) 3. Moriyoshi (Doshisha University) 135 kg or less, over 115 kg: 1. Tatsuya Nanato (Kinki Univeristy 4th year) 2. Yano (Kyushu Joho University) 3. Okita (Doshisha University 1st year, Toba High grad) 3. Takahashi (Ritsumeikan University)
  24. Organized Crime Unit 3 of the Police Agency initiated a house search of the office of Yamaguchi Gumi's Osaka based group, Kokusei-Kai. Kokusei-kai members are being suspected of joining previously arrested Furuichi to intimidate former Ozeki Kotomitsuki over baseball gambling through Kotomitsuki's intermediary, former Makushita rikishi. (Note: Since we all know who this former Makushita rikishi is and only the media choose not to report his name, to avoid confusion I will use his shikona, Azusayumi.) According to the police, both Michimoto Furuichi, 38, who has been previously arrested and Kotomitsuki's intermediary, former Onomatsu Beya Makushita Azusayumi (Shunsuke Yamamoto), 35, have had each contacted different affiliated group of the largest organized crime group in Japan, Yamaguchi-gumi. It's reported that Furuichi got upset over a demand made by Azusayumi who played a role of go-between for former Ozeki Kotomitsuki who asked to get his winning share of five million yen back this January and Februray. Furuichi was charged for conspiring to take six million yen from Kotomitsuki after getting together with three members of the crime group, Yamaguchi-gumi's Izu group based in Fukuoka. Sources close to the investigation say Furuichi has been operating a massage parlor in Fukuoka city since 2001 and befriended Yoshihiko Yasuda, 45, top official of the Izu group. Furuichi and Yasuda were alleged to have repeatedly made threatening calls to Kotomitsuki and Azusayumi after Furuichi asked for Izu's assistance. Meanwhile former Makushita rikishi, Azusayumi, contacted another branch of Yamaguchi-gumi, he knew, Osaka based Kokusei-kai group's top official, Satohiro Mantani, 37, and another member of the group, Katsuhito Tahara, 34, to intervene on their behalf by telling them, "The other side is Yakuza so help negotiate a settlement for us." After several direct negotiations between Yasuda and Furuichi group and Mantani group, Azusayumi was told to pay six million yen regardless. Based on this evidence, along with Furuichi, Mantani and Tahara were charged with threatening Azusayumi yesterday. While Yasuda and Mantani are denying the charge, Yasuda admitted, "I made calls to demand the money with Furuichi," and Mantani said, "I told Azusayumi to pay six million yen and received the money from him". Furuichi has been already arrested for a separate charge and indicted for intimidating former Kotomitsuki and taking 3.5 million yen from him.
  25. Jonosuke

    Another new committee-the Governance

    According to one of the observers of the Independent Committee, Kasugayama oyakata, the idea of Kyokai member's reform committee has been endorsed by the Independent Committee and currently an idea is to form such a committee with a couple of oyakata from each Ichimon with the core made up of oyakata in their 40s. "It's good to have everyone approaching this with a sense of crisis and urgency," said the chairman of Toshioyori Association, Oguruma oyakata. Meanwhile there was certain resistance among oyakata to disclosing the name of owners who rent them a training camp facility at a regional basho in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. "We have maintained a cordial relationship with them now and we should think seriously of consequence of making the information public," an oyakata commented. Responding to their concerns, the Kyokai decided not to disclose the owner registration log at this time. The Kyokai's Deputy Director Public Relations Hakkaku oyakata told reporters that the Kyokai Chairman Musashigawa oayakta is not expected to attend a special directors meeting scheduled on August 4. Musashigawa oyakata was hospitalized for over a month but since July 29, he is resting at home.