J’s Racing Statement Re: Junichi Umemoto Arrest

January 25, 2011 by Aaron in Automotive, J's Racing

I’m sure many people have already heard that a few nights ago the CEO of J’s Racing Japan, Junichi Umemoto, was arrested for Hit & Run Attempted Murder. The point of this post isn’t to repeat the news but to share a letter sent to all the J’s Racing distributors around the world.

Statement on the incident reported on media

January 25, 2011

J’s Corporation co.,ltd
C.E.O Hisaaki Murakami

To all the parties concerned

This statement is prepared in response to the news “Junichi Umemoto Arrested” reported on the media.

We sincerely regret and apologize for all the trouble we caused to our customers and business acquaintance. At the same time, we earnestly hope a speedy recovery of the injured party.

As of now, we have not obtained the complete information and we are unable to report all the detail of the incident. However, it is a fact that Mr. Umemoto has been arrested and has been questioned by the police.

Upon this development, the board of directors removed Mr. Umemoto from the C.E.O and have elected Hisaaki Murakami as the replacement. The boards also have elected Mr. Masafumi Yagi as the general manager to succeed Murakami.

Starting today, with this new management, we resume the regular operation and make utmost effort to avoid the similar trouble to our customers, clients, and the business associates.

We are determined and committed to do whatever necessary to restore the trust from you.

We greatly appreciate and look forward to your continued support and patronage.

Very Sincerely,

Phone +81-72-645-3500
Fax +81-72-645-3505
ZIP 567-0028
10-17 Hatakedacyou Ibaraki Osaka Japan
(URL) http://www.jsracing.co.jp

And in case you don’t know the story, here’s the article reported by Japanese news:

The police have arrest a 43 year old man related to a hit and run incident which happened in downtown Osaka. The suspect arrested for attempted murder is Junichi Umemoto who is a auto repair shop director. Late night on Jan 22, while driving a car, he hit a man walking and tried to leave the scene. Eiji Fujikawa, 39 years old, a colleague of the man held onto the mirror of Umemoto’s car. Umemoto continued to drive and dragged him approximately 100 meters before Fujikawa let go. Fujikawa-san broke his skull is now unconscious and in critical condition. The suspect is saying “I was scared of repercussions and kept on going. I didn’t mean to kill him.” On his own blog Umemoto introduces himself that he has entered over 100 official races and is an active driver.

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