[sumo] Fw: Changes to the JSA

Emmett Wayne eswayne2009 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 3 12:48:45 EST 2014

Forwarded for Bob Brown in Korea.  Does anyone have a fix to his Spamcop problem?  I take it that he can receive, he just can't send.
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From: Robert Brown <brownro214 at yahoo.com>
To: Emmett Wayne <eswayne2009 at yahoo.com>; Sumo Mailing List <sumo at webtrek.com> 
Sent: Monday, February 3, 2014 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [sumo] Changes to the JSA


Please pass to the list.

I am getting messages sent to the list bounced back by Spamcop.  Anyone have any idea how to fix?


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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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



-------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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