Municipalities across Japan are opting to withdraw from money-losing racing sports, but quite a few local bureaucrats are still racking their brains for a solution that would help revenues recover.

The city of Nakatsu in Oita Prefecture decided to pull out of horse-racing in June. The municipal government and those affected by the decision, including jockeys and stable workers, held negotiations on compensation, but talks bogged down. Only one of the 11 groups involved in the case reached a deal with the city.

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