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Regarding the story “Women tending to collapsed mayor told to stay out of ‘sacred’ sumo ring” in the April 6 edition, sumo has sanctioned violence and sexual harassment. Apparently, stupidity added.

Although the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association apologized after life-saving women were told to leave the ring, it’s not enough. The referee in question deserves a penalty. Liability let alone humanity was not served. Clear and sensible leadership requires responsible action.

PATRICE PENDELL
NAGOYA

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