Monday, August 30, 2010

"Sumo association to set up 'mob-cams' at Kokugikan"

From today's Japan Today:

The Japan Sumo Association will set up ‘‘mob-cams’’ at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan for the upcoming Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament as a measure to kick organized crime out of the national pastime.

Determined to remove the presence of gangsters from the sport once and for all under new chairman Hanaregoma, the JSA said on Sunday that it will install security cameras at the Kokugikan for the September meet in consultation with police.

The cameras will be in operation around the clock at the Kokugikan, where three meets are held annually. Cameras had been used to watch out for mobsters at the Nagoya basho in July, the first tournament not to be televised live after scandals linking sumo with the underworld surfaced.

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