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Lawyers: Ex-sumo champ Harumafuji upset after indictment but accepts responsibility

Harumafuji is seen at a press conference relating to his retirement in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Nov. 29, 2017. (Mainichi)

Lawyers for former sumo yokozuna Harumafuji on Dec. 28 released a statement on behalf of the wrestler following his summary indictment over the assault of a lower-ranked grappler, saying he felt disappointed, but had acknowledged everything was his own fault.

The statement was released by lawyers Tsugio Yada and Genta Yoshino.

"As a result of this one incident, the life that Harumafuji had set out for himself has been greatly changed, and to tell the truth he feels disappointed, but he believes the responsibility lies entirely with himself, and he wants to think about what kind of path he will take from now on. He also wants to do whatever little he can to contribute to society and those who have assisted him," part of the statement read.

The statement also offered an apology over Harumafuji's alleged assault of Takanoiwa, a lower-ranked fellow Mongolian wrestler, at a bar in Tottori Prefecture in late October.

"Once again, he apologizes deeply for causing trouble to wrestler Takanoiwa and his family, and to the many fans who had supported him up until now and everyone in the Japan Sumo Association," the statement continued.

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