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    Can you ID this Yokozona?

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    Terunofuji Watch

    Depends on the proverbial banzuke luck, but several years ago Endo got promoted with a yusho from way back in the ranking J14 or J13. 6 or 7 or 8 years ago. What I root for is a Terunofuji zenyusho, since it is so rare to achieve in juryo - Tochinoshin was the last one to do it.
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    Win a Harumafuji tegata

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    Greetings from Budapest

    Hi, I might have met you. Your background sounds very familiar to someone I have met. Where did you live in Japan?
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    Aaah, Japan, never cease to justify the stereotypes. Once someone is down, let's beat him and bring the dirty laundry, just to get the guilty verdict from the public opinion regardless of the real verifiable facts, e.g. Ghosn debacle at the moment. Extra points for bashing the foreigner as well. Where were those whistleblowers before the latest accident and before the heya being disclosed? Is Takanohana-beya the only heya with such issues?
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    Asashoryu activities

    Without doubting Asashoryu's business acumen and without denying the fact he has retired a very wealthy man, some of those business projects require much more money that he would have acquired during his professional sumo life. So, my question should have to do with the following: is there some information about his partners and investors?
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

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    Wajima in memoriam gallery

    that was an amazing photo collection. Thank you.
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    Sumo articles by journalists who are Forum members/or not

    Sumo’s ban on women appears a centuries-long evolution - Asahi Shimbun
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    Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    Fat, round, Japanese especially those over 40 are not uncommon nowadays. Special stores for bigger sized Japan-based people have been around for quite some time. Younger, school-aged, Japanese - tall and overweight (especially girls) - could be seen much more often than let's say 30 years or so.
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    Sumo articles by journalists who are Forum members/or not

    I would love, John, if possible, in articles like this to have any first-person quotes and writing based on some discussions or talks with the related people, not just summary of what is already known dressed like an op-ed. I guess you are quite busy but this is what I felt after reading the column on Naya.
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    Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    Scouting What does a scout search for in a prospective rikishi? How many times they observe them doing sumo? Do the scouts attend to local events or events abroad? How these young athletes being recommended by someone are being evaluated? Injuries at Kokonoe-beya At some point of time there were so many rikishi harboring an injury during the time of ex-Chiyonofuji so there should be something about his training regiment or way of disciplining his deshi to account for so many and often injuries. If it were a mere coincidence, how about what type of medical care a heya in general provides etc. Jungyos What is the decision making process in terms of which cities to be visited and where to exhibit sumo trainings and sumo matches? How the international jungyos come about as ideas, when are these organized etc. Smaller stables A feature on smaller heays where they do not have any sumotori or very limited number of rikishi all together. What is life like? What are the issues? How they receive any support etc
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    What Oosuna has achieved - coming through an internet forum to tour Japan to find a place at a sumo stable to rise so fast so high, to clinch two kinboshis on two successful days and so on and so on, is an amazing story and I will always admire him for this. In fact, I think there is a movie somewhere to be made based on his life story. One of the great *what could have happened if....* stories in the kakkai from the last 20 years in my opinion. At some point no one wanted to fight him in yotsu-zumo and I predicted, a bit foolishly, him becoming an oozeki in several polls on this forum. However, he struck me as a bit lazy - for never mastering the local lingo even at some basic level aside from several set phrases and for not doing proper training, as suggested by several documentaries shown on the Japanese TV. Probably Ootake-beya, given their history prior to him joining the stable, was not the most proper place for him to start his sumo but I guess he should have seen this as an obstacle as well. Thanks for the memories and I hope you could learn from the mistakes in this episode in your life and build them on to have a better results in your next endeavors.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    Tochiazuma, Baruto, probably Chiyotaikai twice had the chance during the Takanohana and then Asashoryu era - that is my time watching sumo. And from all these three probably the biggest loss was Tochiazuma.
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    One thing being not mentioned is that while Oosanuarashi might just get away with a small fine or out-of-court settlement, and thus he could be spared a deportation, Immigration Bureau might deny him visa renewal based on this law infringement upon his next visa renewal application, if indeed he is not a permanent residency holder. I am surprised how little Japanese he speaks and he has learned. A bit lazy, probably. Anyhow, I hope he could somehow survive in the sumo, then he could use his demotion as an opportunity to heal up and then rejuvenated and healthy to attack higher divisions .