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Yamaguchi-gumi members arrested in sumo scandal! But how far can the cops go?

It does appear, at least, that the Yamaguchi-gumi seems to have one of their people inside the sumo association to keep things quiet and has grudging or willing help from…

Nichidai board chairman plays matchmaker with Sumo Association and NPSC reps

An article in the July 22 issue of Shukan Bunshun (武蔵川と中井洽疑惑の参院選で「料理停密会」page 146) reports on a suspicious meeting between the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, Musashigawa, and National Public Safety…

Polaris Project Japan helps Tokyo police get a move on as laws remain stagnant

Just popping in for a second to post this article by Richard Smart (or @tokyorich as we know him) on Polaris Project’s hand in busting a child pornographer who had…

All eyes on Hatoyama–his fashion, at least

While Prime Minister Hatoyama’s approval ratings continue to sink, it seems attention paid to his sense of style is at an all-time high, as most recently pointed out by this…

Politicians and yakuza, not so different

News of Ichiro Ozawa’s questioning by prosecutors in relation to the Rikuzan-kai campaign fund scandal has flooded the dailies and the news for much of the past few days as…