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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Asian Beauty:Hijiri.H | Official in charge of keeping gangsters out of horseracing resigns over gambling

A former executive of a nonprofit foundation that works to prevent gangsters from getting involved in horseracing resigned last month after admitting that he had bought a race ticket in violation of internal regulations, officials said.
"I bought a race ticket in early October at the spur of the moment. I'm sorry," the former head of the Sapporo branch of Keiba Hoan Kyokai (Horserace Security Foundation) was quoted as telling foundation officials.
A board member said the foundation accepted his resignation and paid him about 670,000 yen in retirement allowances rather than dismiss him on disciplinary grounds because he expressed regret over what he did.
"We allowed him to quit the job because he honestly admitted to his wrongdoing and immediately tendered his resignation. We'll take steps to prevent a recurrence," said Kazutoshi Ito, director of the foundation.
The Horseracing Law has a clause that prohibits Japan Racing Association (JRA) employees from buying horseracing tickets but it has no provision regarding employees of the foundation. However, the foundation's internal regulations ban employees from gambling on horse races.
The 62-year-old former executive was appointed as head of the Sapporo branch of the organization in April 2004 after retiring as head of Tomakomai Police Station.
The foundation, which is subsidized by the JRA and the Japan Local Racing Association and employs a large number of retired police officers, has 12 branches across the country. It works to prevent crime syndicates from getting involved in horserace.


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