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4 ex-Yamato workers held over gambling

21 November 2006

JAPAN -- As reported by the Yomiuri Shimbun: "Four former employees of an affiliate of Yamato Transport Co., a major delivery company, have been arrested on suspicion of gambling on professional baseball games at their offices, police said.

"According to the police, on-duty drivers from the Kyoto and Osaka branches of Kyoto Yamato Unyu delivery company placed bets via cell phone e-mail. The betting system was started by another employee about a decade ago.

"...More than 100 million yen in bets has been collected annually in recent years. Part of the money financed further gambling outside the company..."

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