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Stablemaster Takanohana loses JSA directorship; Harumafuji fined Y500,000

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Wow! That one had a domino effect.

Who coulda seen that after one beer too many and a perceived slight and a sumo getting into a fistfight that this would be the aftermath.

But in Japan to “restore” public image and faith, this kinda punishing of a few is quite common.

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Takanohana's punishment reflects his failure to promptly report the incident.... Takanohana had also been criticized for refusing to cooperate with the internal investigation.... 

Hmm. Being aware of wrongdoing, not reporting it, and than obstructing the investigation - seems like another major figure is facing a similar situation.

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Lots of window dressing going on here.  IMO the "crime" doesn't justify this heavy handed response.

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My thought is "stick a fork in this thing...it's done!"

This has dragged on long enough and got tired of constantly hearing about this on the news!

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The association is p.o'd because Taka went to the police first instead of reporting the incident to them.They wanted to control the narrative which his snitching to the police didn't allow for.

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500,000 yen, he probably spends more than that each month on gyoza and nabe

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about the only thing to learn here is that if one is a public figure the laws of the land differ as well as the punishment. If one has money, then one is above the law. That is the message sent loud and clear. Had this been an avg guy who plays in a softball league and the same situation occurred, the poor guy would be in jail, his job lost and hefty fine. What applies to the rich does not apply to the poor. The beater should be in jail, pay a fine and deported out of Japan.

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Unbelievable that in this day and age groups like these, very much like the yakuza, can just be their own judge and jury and completely avoid the system that all of us are supposed to be a part of. If the man broke laws, he should be investigated by the PROPER authorities -- and the JSA is not -- and punished by law! TIJ

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I admired Takanohana when he was a wrestler. Always looking forward for a new basho back in 90s, particularly Takanohana's duels with Akebono. But out of the dohyo he was, mmm, very difficult person. It seems he deserved it.

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500K is a slap on the wrist. I am glad the stablemaster brought this case to the police. How many incidents have been swept under the rug? The JSA is an insane mafia.

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Takanohana trying to sweep the incident under the rug got himself swept away... good on JSA.

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In America, if a violence happens at school and when teachers think they cannot control it, they call police. It never happens in Japan. If the school calls police, they will be harshly criticized by the society.

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Complete BS if anyone "tarnished" the sport it was the body themselves with the fixed matches!

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Entire picture is gradually coming to show out. Takanohana did not like Mongolian wrestlers' behaviors. He belives fixed matches were done by Hakuho to promote other two Mongolian wrestlers to yokozunas (Harumafuji and Kakuryu). For me it appeared so too. Also Hakuho's appeal to the referee in the bout against Yoshikaze was outrageous and unforgivable.

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Earlier in the day, Harumafuji was ordered to pay a fine of 500,000 yen by the Tottori Summary Court for injuring Takanoiwa, who required stitches on his head after he was slapped and struck with a karaoke remote control.

Thus ends the case and finally (hopefully) puts his part in this drama at an end. It's a shame he had to end up in this situation. I will miss him in the upcoming tournament that is for sure.

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Unbelievable that in this day and age groups like these, very much like the yakuza, can just be their own judge and jury and completely avoid the system that all of us are supposed to be a part of. If the man broke laws, he should be investigated by the PROPER authorities -- and the JSA is not -- and punished by law! TIJ

Pray tell just what "laws" did Takanohana break? Me thinks you are confusing the issues here.

There are two main issues here, one with the Tottori police, and the other within the Sumo association. By confusing the two you seem to have come to a totally wrong conclusion. The Sumo Association is doing this to Takanohana based upon it's internal "rules". They ARE free to choose their own directors and make their own rules. Don't mix the issues here.

Thankfully this isnt like the US where every decision that people don't like gets litigated to hell and back in courts.

Now if you are talking about Harumafuji, he "paid" his penalty (or at least will) and that will be the end of the incident that started this drama.

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about the only thing to learn here is that if one is a public figure the laws of the land differ as well as the punishment. If one has money, then one is above the law.

That is TOTALLY untrue as well. It's not about the money, it's the circumstances and also Harumafuji's willingness to cooperate and his attempts to make amends.

He has NO criminal record, and anyone else who would be in the same situation would very likely find themselves paying the same fine and no jail time what so ever for this type of offense.

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Yeah, well, Takanohana was always an overrated wrestler, never having to go against others in his father's stable, while Akebono, Musashimaru, and others had to deal with everyone on the roster. I have no sympathy for him at all. He is the major reason I no longer watch sumo.

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Yubaru: "There are two main issues here, one with the Tottori police, and the other within the Sumo association. By confusing the two you seem to have come to a totally wrong conclusion."

If this were the only case the JSA has chosen to do things internally, then fine, but what about other cases. What happened when the young wrestler was beaten to death a few years back?

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You wrote the following about Harumafuji, it's incorrect.

about the only thing to learn here is that if one is a public figure the laws of the land differ as well as the punishment. If one has money, then one is above the law.

> If this were the only case the JSA has chosen to do things internally, then fine, but what about other cases. What happened when the young wrestler was beaten to death a few years back?

Different circumstances and you attempt to paint the entire association with the same brush. That's wrong too.

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