Sumo Stable Master Arrested For Assault

Early in September a prominent sumo stable master was arrested on assault charges. Kumagatani, 45, was taken away by police on suspicion of assaulting a male employee. The suspect runs one of Japan’s premier stables whose roster includes Hakuho. There has been no update on the situation since the arrest. 

From the Japan Times:

Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested sumo stable master Kumagatani, 45, on suspicion of assaulting a male assistant.

The suspect, whose real name is Kazuyuki Yamamura, was head of the Miyagino stable, where the roster includes current yokozuna grand champion Hakuho. Yamamura is currently a coach at the stable.

Yamamura has admitted the charges. His ring name when he was an active sumo wrestler was Kanechika.

On July 23-27, during the Nagoya sumo tournament, Yamamura is suspected of beating the 31-year-old man, who worked mainly as Yamamura’s private driver, on the back and hips several dozen times with a metal baseball bat at an apartment in Nagoya.

The victim suffered bruising that required two weeks to heal.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the man began working for Yamamura in April last year. He also managed his employer’s schedules.

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