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    Sunday, March 25, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Tadashi Tanaka on Pride, the Yakuza Scandal, the Expected Sale of Pride, and MMA in Japan -- Parts One and Two 


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  • On this special two-part edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our long-time colleague and friend, the Japanese journalist Tadashi Tanaka, who is the top mixed martial arts and puroresu (Japanese pro wrestling) journalist in the world.

    Tadashi is the journalist who broke the story in the Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai (Weekly Gendai) containing allegations that Pride was actually owned by the Yakuza, Japanese organized crime. Shortly after that last year, and despite very high television ratings, Pride shows were dropped by Fuji TV, a major national broadcast network in Japan similar to NBC, CBS, and ABC in America. Now Pride is expected to announce in Japan this Tuesday that it is being sold to a new ownership group which will include major investors who also are owners of Zuffa, the parent company of UFC.

    We discuss with Tadashi the allegations made against Pride, how these allegations and the Yakuza scandal have affected Pride, and what to expect with Pride's expected sale.

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    Mr. Goldman,

    I want to congratulate you on an excellent show. I really appreciated Mr. Tanaka's insights, sincere style, Japanese perspective, and comparative analysis of the US and Japanese fight scenes - the companies, the rules, the cage/ring, the cultural context, the legal environment.

    I really hope to see him more often on No Holds Barred.
     
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    Mr. Goldman,

    I want to congratulate you on an excellent show. I really appreciated Mr. Tanaka's insights, sincere style, Japanese perspective, and comparative analysis of the US and Japanese fight scenes - the companies, the rules, the cage/ring, the cultural context, the legal environment.

    I really hope to see him more often on No Holds Barred.

    By Anonymous K, at 2:30 PM  

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