[sumo] Changes to the JSA

Robert Brown brownro214 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 3 11:50:45 EST 2014


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On Mon, 2/3/14, Emmett Wayne <eswayne2009 at yahoo.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [sumo] Changes to the JSA
 To: "Sumo Mailing List" <sumo at webtrek.com>
 Date: Monday, February 3, 2014, 10:56 AM
 I also received the messages listed
 by sashimaru.
 Emmett (Torideyama)
  From: sashimaru <sashimaru at tachiai.net>
 To: 'Sumo Mailing List' <sumo at webtrek.com>
 Sent: Monday, February 3, 2014 10:45 AM
 Subject: Re: [sumo] Changes to the JSA
 I did.
 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
 Happy tachiai
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 von Barbara Ann Klein
 Gesendet: Montag, 3. Februar 2014 15:26
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 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
 -------Original Message-------
 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
 foundation, the Japan Sumo Association must make the most of
 opportunity to transform itself into an organization with a
 The Cabinet Office has certified the association as a public
 incorporated foundation, and the association has officially
 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
 reform, greatly delaying the procedures for the
 transformation into the new
 incorporated foundation.
 With its new status, the JSA will continue to be entitled to
 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
 its businesses.
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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)
 Best regards,
 Jeffrey Anderson
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 The saddest are these:
 It might have been. - John Greenleaf Whittier
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