[sumo] Changes to the JSA
sashimaru at tachiai.net
Mon Feb 3 10:45:05 EST 2014
Since the reminder i received
Jeffery: Miyabiyama's Hair Cutting
Doreen: " (Retirement Dewanoumi)
Katrina: World Games Athlete of the Year
Jeffery: Changes to the JSA
Then your email and Harolds email
"Always remember that you are unique. Just like everybody else."
"I didn't do a henka. That wasn't a henka, it only looked like one."
Von: sumo-bounces at webtrek.com [mailto:sumo-bounces at webtrek.com] Im Auftrag
von Barbara Ann Klein
Gesendet: Montag, 3. Februar 2014 15:26
An: Sumo Mailing List
Betreff: Re: [sumo] Changes to the JSA
This is weird. I sent my email about this over a half hour ago and it never
arrived in my inbox. . Also, did anyone receive Katrina's post about the
Athlete of the Year yesterday? This also did not reach my inbox.
From: Jeffrey Anderson
Date: 2/3/2014 9:20:12 AM
To: sumo at webtrek.com
Subject: [sumo] Changes to the JSA
Sumo association must work hard as new entity to win support of public
February 3, 2014
The Yomiuri ShimbunNow that it has become a public interest incorporated
foundation, the Japan Sumo Association must make the most of this
opportunity to transform itself into an organization with a self-purifying
The Cabinet Office has certified the association as a public interest
incorporated foundation, and the association has officially registered
itself as the new type of legal entity.
The sumo world was rocked by a series of scandals, including the fatal
assault of a sumo wrestler by stablemates, gambling on baseball, and
bout-fixing. The association has been told by such entities as the sports
ministry, which has jurisdiction over the JSA, to implement organizational
reform, greatly delaying the procedures for the transformation into the new
With its new status, the JSA will continue to be entitled to preferential
tax treatment, and revenue from the grand tournaments and tournaments in
provinces will remain tax-exempt.
While taking to heart its responsibility of carrying on the tradition of
sumo wrestling, the JSA had to make an effort to enhance the transparency of
The most typical example of its opaqueness is the issue of how to deal with
the JSA's "elder shares."
At present, there are 107 elder shares. Unless a sumo wrestler obtains an
elder share upon retirement, he cannot become a stablemaster.
Trade of elder shares
Elder shares have been traded for huge amounts of money. There are said to
have been such deals involving several hundred millions of yen. Generally
speaking, the trading of rights to gain income from the association as a
stablemaster is a custom hard to understand. In its switch to a public
interest incorporated foundation, the JSA has stipulated, in its articles of
association, that the elder shares are to be placed under its centralized
control. Elders who are to retire are able to recommend their replacement,
but the transfer of money is prohibited at the time of succession. Those who
violate the rule will be severely punished.
This is a step forward, but a concern remains. Those who succeed to an elder
s name can pay a "guidance fee" to a former elder for advice on how to
manage a stable, on condition of notifying the JSA.
Will the trade of elder shares effectively continue under the guise of
guidance fees? The JSA must develop a strict system to scrutinize this
It is praiseworthy that the relationship between the JSA and each stable has
been clarified. With regards to the training of sumo wrestlers, the
association will conclude a commission contract with stablemasters.
When irregularities occurred in the past, the association often tried to put
an end to scandals by blaming the stables, saying, for instance, "The
stablemaster's way of nurturing the wrestler was wrong." From now on, the
association's responsibility to consign training of wrestlers outside
stables will be put to the test.
The form of the JSA's council of the board of trustees, the highest
decision-making organization for the incorporated foundation, will also
change. The majority of the five- to seven-member council will comprise
outside experts. It is important to respect the opinions of those outside
the sumo world to correct long-standing evils.
For the JSA to win public support as an entity to operate the "national
sport," sumo wrestlers must give performances to meet the public
expectations. Hopes are growing for the advent of a Japanese yokozuna. We
hope both the JSA and sumo stables will make further efforts in fostering
strong sumo wrestlers.
(From The Yomiuri Shimbun,
Feb. 3, 2014)
For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these:
It might have been. - John Greenleaf Whittier
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