Posted December 18, 2013

Taint of Organized Crime Leads to Mass-Resignation at Japanese PGA

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Ryo Ishikawa, Hideto Tanihara

Ryo Ishikawa (left) and Hideto Tanihara represented Japan at this year’s World Cup. They have no connection to the PGA of Japan’s recent problems. (Dennis Passa/AP)

Crime doesn’t pay.

And neither does playing golf with organized crime bosses.

That’s one lesson from this week’s headlines in Japan, where executives of that country’s Professional Golf Association have opted to resign en masse after two of their colleagues were found to have played golf and socialized with a mafia chief.

As reported in the AFP, the group’s entire leadership—all 91 representatives, including chairman Shizuo Mori, four vice chairman around 20 board directors—will voluntarily give up their posts in an effort to shore up public trust in the organization.

The decision stems from the scandalous news that between March and June of 2013, then-PGA vice chairman Shinsaku Maeda, 61 and board director Tadayoshi Bando, 67, dined and played golf with the head of a yakuza organized crime syndicate on the Japanese island of Kyushu.

That isn’t just bad etiquette. It’s a rules violation. PGA policy forbids organization brass from hobnobbing with crime bosses.

Bando and Maeda were both banished from the PGA in October. But their actions left a taint that Japan’s PGA executives are eager to erase.

“We take the matter very seriously,” current PGA vice chairman Nobuyuki Abe was quoted as saying. “We want to do our utmost to prevent a recurrence of such a case.”

As part of the house-cleaning, new PGA representatives will be elected, and those representatives will choose a fresh slate of directors.

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29 comments
fromperpig
fromperpig

Let's hoped they all resigned, in style, ala John Belushi...."OOOOOO-AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!"

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

how many golfers played Pebble Beach knowing it was owned by the biggest crook in Japan, years ago??

T5
T5

"Ryo Ishikawa (left) and Hideto Tanihara represented Japan at this year’s World Cup. They have no connection to the PGA of Japan’s recent problems."


THEN WHY IN THE HECK ARE YOU USING THEM AS THE PHOTO FOR THIS ARTICLE

craigvn
craigvn

Hm. in the US the criminals are all members of congress not the PGA.

loaded_question
loaded_question

In the US we call those chiefs presidential makers. Joe Kennedy anyone? 

Clip
Clip

If they had honor they'd perform seppuku on the 18th green of their PGA championship next year.

heyspan
heyspan

@Footy_Maths Clearly its a trap for young players! Has Hirdy been to Japan lately?

D14
D14

man...if the Democrats in Chicago had that much integrity in regard to the mafia........wait, why waste time being delusional.

IndependentsDay
IndependentsDay

Wow, certainly could never have such honor in America.  

Bahia
Bahia

When Tony Soprano gives you a driver as a gift, it's in return for a small favor that you will do for him.

TomGrant
TomGrant

If a mafia boss says he wants you to play golf with him, can you really say no?

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

I lived in Japan for almost 4 years, and saw first hand how much power these Italian wannabes have on Japanese society. Like the Ninja and Samarai, I sometimes wonder if the Japanese are as awestruck with them as we in the States were with Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, and John Gotti....YIKES!

Cool
Cool

Can someone explain to me why Golf.Com post a picture of two Japanese players with a note at the bottom saying they had nothing to do with anything related to this story?  What was the purpose of the picture? Were they not able to find a picture of the two who did dine with the Mafia?  Just really lazy journalism.

eddie767
eddie767

@D14 Why list one party,they both had/have ties to OC members. So you're delusional on that account or just biased.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

@D14   even better, what if they were buddies with that staunch conservative, republican, jerry sandusky ?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@Wisconsin Death Trip   You lost a lot of credibility when you suggest yakuza are Italian 'wannabes', but you do have a larger point regarding yakuza image-glorification in Japanese popular culture.

NathanPetronzio
NathanPetronzio

@Wisconsin Death Trip a four year tour at a US military institution makes one far from an expert in a local cultures history and intricacies.


The Yakuza outdates the Sicilian Mafia by 200 years.

ray_trebor
ray_trebor

@CoolOverheard in the golf.com blog room:  "Hey, we got any pictures of some Jap golfers?"

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Cool   They figure, Cool, that we won't read the caption, and further assume we'll conclude that all Japanese look alike so it won't matter who the men in the picture are.  It's shoddy and irresponsible reporting. It definitely shows a bias toward Asians.

JeremyJanishewski
JeremyJanishewski

@Cool2 months ago they did an article about Tiger Woods and just threw up a picture of Chris Rock doing stand up.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

@Cool lol.. i was thinking the same thing!  put a picture of a map of japan or of a freaking karate dojo or ANYTHING else.. sheesh

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