This week, we’re taking a look at one of the greatest scandals in the history of Japanese baseball, when the black mist of yakuza-driven sports gambling wracked Japan’s national pastime.
Kaplan, David, and Alec Dubro. Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld.
Yamazaki, Takuya. Sports Law in Japan.
Some Washington Post coverage of the 2015 Yomiuri Giants gambling scandal.
4 thoughts on “Episode 377 – The Black Mist Scandal”
The podcast isn’t there?
I forgot to paste in the link from libsyn while setting up the show notes! Should still have been available on the RSS feed, but that issue is also fixed. Thank you!
1. When did Japan first prohibit organized gambling and what was the justification for doing so?
2. What is the status of sports book and other types of games thanks to the rise of the internet?
If memory serves it was under the OG criminal code because of concerns around the moral character of the nation, and then nobody ever wanted to campaign on a pro-gambling platform. My understanding is that online gambling can’t operate in Japan, but I don’t know about Japanese nationals placing bets via the internet in other countries where doing so is legal…
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