Since we haven't really summarized the oyakata job changes of the last couple of weeks yet...
First off, the rank demotions again:
Riji -> Yakuin Taigu (two classes*): Kitanoumi, Kokonoe
Riji -> Iin (three classes): Michinoku
Yakuin Taigu -> Iin (one class): Oshima, Hakkaku
Iin -> Shunin (one class): Oguruma, Magaki, Kiriyama, Arashio, Irumagawa, Isegahama, Hanakago, Kasugayama, Tatsunami, Kasugano
Iin -> Toshiyori (two classes): Onoe
* There seems to be some disagreement on how to count the oyakata classes; some press reports had riji->yakuin taigu as one step down and riji->iin as two, apparently ignoring the fuku-riji level because you can't be assigned to it, just voted in. It's further complicated by the fact that yakuin taigu and regular iin actually have the same base salary, so in a way it's the same demotion, just with different job responsibilities afterwards. In my counting I'm going off the simple logic that if it's a lesser job title, it's a demotion.
And from press reports:
(demoted to jun- toshiyori for three years)
There's no such job title as jun-toshiyori, actually, and no change is reflected on the Kyokai site, all three are still regular toshiyori. I assume it just means they're barred from promotion for those three years. (Isn't Tokitsukaze still serving out a five-year promotion stop for baseball gambling and his involvement in Kotomitsuki's attempt to get rid of his extorters, as well? Gonna be a long decade for him...)
Oh, and taking the elevator in the opposite direction: Onaruto (ex-Dejima), who has been promoted from iin-equivalent (special position for recently retired ex-ozeki and yokozuna) to regular iin.
I'll skip the details of "inside" job changes, unless somebody's really interested in the movements (if you're just looking for the new state, Tamanaogijima
has you covered)...much of it seems to be for show anyway, such as Kitanoumi now being "deputy" director for Osaka basho, a position that didn't exist previously, likely meaning he does exactly the same things as before, just with somebody else holding the director title for outside appearances now. Kokonoe in the jungyo department has undergone a similar metamorphosis, except it's even more complicated there. A bunch of vice director posts haven't been refilled at all, likely also indicating that the former occupants are de facto still doing those jobs, just as regular department members. Anyway...
What may be of more interest are a couple of shimpan changes due to yaocho-affected oyakata being forced to move out as they no longer hold the required rank, namely: Hanakago, Kasugayama, Tatsunami and Kasugano. Newly in are Asahiyama, Takashima, Takadagawa and Onaruto (perhaps the reason for his getting promoted out of schedule).
Lastly, you may recall that the competition inspection committee was beefed up from 7 to 11 members, but that obscures just how many changes have taken place there:
Out - Michinoku (chairman), Hakkaku (vice chairman), Isegahama, Kise
Holdovers - Naruto, Dekiyama, Matsugane
New - Nishonoseki (chairman), Takasago, Iwatomo, Tateyama, Miyagino, Yamahibiki, Tatekawa, Furiwake
The latter two among the new ones are ex-Tosanoumi (Tatekawa) and ex-Musashimaru (Furiwake). No new vice chairman for now, though perhaps that will still change.
Edited by Asashosakari, 16 April 2011 - 20:50.