[sumo] Changes to the JSA

Harold Shaver hal6671 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 3 12:23:12 EST 2014


You know I had forgotten those first two, I did get the one from Jeff about
Miyabiyama's Danpatsu shiki and Doreen's recollections at the Oyhakata's
retirement and of course the last one from Jeff that started this mini
thread. But I didn't get Katrina's article.

Hal "Chisaiyama" Shaver


> -----Original Message-----
> From: sumo-bounces at webtrek.com [mailto:sumo-bounces at webtrek.com] On Behalf
> Of sashimaru
> Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 7:45 AM
> To: 'Sumo Mailing List'
> 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
> sashimaru
> 
> "Always remember that you are unique. Just like everybody else."
> Kyokutenho:
> "I didn't do a henka. That wasn't a henka, it only looked like one."
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> 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.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Barbara
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -------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 incorporated
> foundation, the Japan Sumo Association must make the most of this
> opportunity to transform itself into an organization with a self-purifying
> power.
> 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
> incorporated foundation.
> 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
> 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 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
> possibility.
> 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)
> Best regards,
> Jeffrey Anderson
> Gaijingai
> 
> For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
> The saddest are these:
> It might have been. - John Greenleaf Whittier
> 
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