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Education ministry requests 100 mil. yen to boost sports groups' legal compliance

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on July 26, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The education ministry included in its fiscal 2019 budget request about 100 million yen to cover Japan Sports Agency (JSA) projects to beef up legal compliance among sports organizations.

The request, presented to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Aug. 23, is double the amount for the current fiscal year, and is a response to a series of scandals that shocked the sports community.

According to the JSA, about 50 million yen will be requested to pay for the establishment of a consortium to share potential risk information among the Japanese Olympic Committee, Japan Sports Association and other relevant organizations. The money is also intended for expanding a monitoring survey covering sports organizations.

In addition, the ministry will seek some 30 million yen to cover inviting experts from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland to give instructional lectures on how to handle sports arbitration cases. The number of such conflicts has been rising since 2013, when Japan was chosen to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

In addition, the JSA plans to establish a working team to improve governance of sports organizations. The team will discuss how to respond to scandals at sports organizations not covered by government supervision under the law. In the wake of a money-for-sex scandal involving four Japanese national basketball team players during the Asian Games in Indonesia, Sports Agency chief Daichi Suzuki has commented that he would like to review how far the agency should get involved in such cases.

(Japanese original by Kazuhiro Tahara, Sports News Department)

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