• Yokohama, Kanagawa

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Sumo’s continued troubles demonstrate a problem that afflicts the world, not just Japan. Some years ago it was safe to assume that all young individuals coming up into the world had been taught certain fundamentals at home: basic things about right and wrong, respect for others, courtesy toward elders and, most important, the value of one’s honor.

Somehow, for some reason, these fundamentals are not being taught! Individuals seem to think that anything is OK as long as one is not caught doing it, that the main objective in life is to get ahead of everyone else, and that whatever one must do to get ahead is justified by the results.

Society everywhere must get back to the basics. Teach children and young adults that conducting themselves with honor is more important than the results. To cheat — win or lose — is shameful! No other word will do.

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