So, turns out that Sumo Wrestlers have (gasp!) ties with the Yakuza!
Who'da thunk it?
Starting a few weeks ago, the police have been investigating their money/gambling/match-fixing practices. It's gotten so bad that the police are thinking about confiscating their cell phones and see who they were corresponding with. (A big no no in Japan.)
Speaking of Sumo, it is a bit interesting how, over the last 10 years or so, the number of Japanese sumo wrestlers has dwindles to almost nothing. The most famous wrestlers in recent memory have been Russian, Hawaiian, and 2 Mongolians. The pride of Japan has been taken, like almost all things here now, by foreigners.
this brings the question... what does 'Japanese' even mean anymore.