Japan's love affair with horse racing

Japanese support the horse, Deep Impact and his jockey Yutake Take of Japan which attract a huge fan club, during the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe's race at Longchamp, 01 October 2005 in Paris. Around 5,000 Japanese nationals had travelled over to Longchamp, in western Paris to see the five-year-old colt take on Europe's finest including last year's champion Hurricane Run but that did not deter them from queuing up at a specially designated betting stall solely for Japanese punters. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese support the horse, Deep Impact and his jockey Yutake Take of Japan which attract a huge fan club, during the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe's race at Longchamp, 01 October 2005 in Paris. Around 5,000 Japanese nationals had travelled over to Longchamp, in western Paris to see the five-year-old colt take on Europe's finest including last year's champion Hurricane Run but that did not deter them from queuing up at a specially designated betting stall solely for Japanese punters. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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