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New Japan Sumo Association Chairman Hanaregoma vowed Friday to stamp out the sport’s ties to the yakuza once and for all.

Hanaregoma, who replaced Musashigawa a night earlier after the former yokozuna resigned, said on his first day in office that sumo must urgently cut ties with organized crime if the national pastime is to be restored to its once glorious past.

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