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    Baseball gambling aftermath - New reform committee

    I'd start with the introduction of a Tanikaze toshiyori - it bemuses me that such a name has been left to the history books. Tachiyama-beya would sound good, too. Any other nominations?
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    Baseball gambling aftermath - New reform committee

    I particularly like the following response from Mr Okushima: "A: I think the conditions for inheriting toshiyori qualification should be stricter. Given that the personality of a stablemaster has a lot to do with building his disciples' character, bestowing toshiyori status should be made contingent on not only accomplishments as an active wrestler but also on candidates' human qualities." As for the idea of putting all heya under centralized Kyokai control, isn't that along the same lines as the reforms proposed by ex-rijicho Dewanoumi (Sadanoyama) during his time in charge?
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    New recruits for July 2010

    What would the procedure be if no banzuke-guys were competing in mae-zumo along with the lone shindeshi? Would he be held back until the following basho when there might be other shindeshi/banzuke-guys to fight? Or would he simply be passed through mae-zumo despite not fighting a single bout? Or, c) make him fight Hakuho, since he's got as good a chance as anyone else of stopping the rensho?
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    Day 15 results, yusho and sansho

    Blimey - I knew the next banzuke would be hard to predict, but I didn't think it would be that extreme! (Band playing...)
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    Day 4 lower division results

    Ah, Minatofuji! No wonder the other guy was quicker on the draw... I do miss him.
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    Day 4 lower division results

    What I'd like to know is who Tachitagawa-oyakata is?
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    What's next for Tamiya Keiji?

    Didn't know that! Thanks. Any idea why that happened? I suppose if the Kyokai needs to do some cost-cutting, they might let a couple of the positions disappear along with the retirement of the incumbent, but we can only wait and see on that one.
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    Robocop is pissed!

    Wernher von Braun. I bet you.
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    Kaiho/Jomei Candidates for 2010

    We really do need a new Kaiho candidate though, since the current one is on the brink.
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    What's next for Tamiya Keiji?

    If I recall correctly, he was the likely heir to the Hidenoyama toshiyori, which is currently still owned by retired oyakata and former Sekiwake Hasegawa. Kotomitsuki won't be needing it now, which could be good news for another former Sekiwake, Kotonishiki, who is borrowing it. Every cloud, and all that... On a related note, I'd like to see an expansion of the sewanin and/or wakaimonogashira positions. But expansion or not, I don't think they should be restricted to newly-retired rikishi only. An oyakata who has to give up his borrowed toshiyori and cannot find another one should be allowed to move sideways into a sewanin or wakaimonogashira slot. It would mean retaining a potentially-valuable experienced hand.
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    Heisei Hopefuls - prospect watch

    Then who has been sending all of these posts to the Forum? Seriously, @Asashosakari, great work on this data. I'm particularly happy to see Chiyonokuni doing so well, since I've been cheering him on almost from the start of his career.
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    I remember Syd Hoare, the commentator on British Eurosport's sumo coverage, often saying that Kaiho was one of the hardest-working rikishi in terms of keiko. I'm sure I recall him mentioning that he would train on public holidays or any other day when rikishi might normally be excused keiko. I hope Kaiho sticks around as an oyakata, if only to try and impress that work ethic on the next generation of rikishi.
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    Persistence Watch

    Onuki is only the sixth rikishi to begin his career with three consecutive 1-6 make-koshi since the seven-bout tournament era began in 1960 Nagoya. The last man to 'accomplish' this was Shimazaki, in 1985.
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    Takanohana Tactics- new riji stories

    Can Zaonishiki borrow your old one, please?
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    As I understood it, Asahisato acquired Kumagatani on loan when he retired as a rikishi in 1998. He then moved (as Kumagatani-oyakata) from Oshima-beya to Oitekaze-beya in February or March 2004, by which time ex-Oiteyama had been retired for around nine or ten months and ex-Zaonishiki (who else?) had landed on the Nakagawa toshiyori. When the whole Miyagino/Kumagatani thing erupted, Asahisato was able to slide straight into Nakagawa since he was now an oyakata at Oitekaze-beya and, as you point out, the toshiyori was under Daishoyama's control. Under the current rules, yes he has been retired too long, which is why I wondered whether he might be exempt from the three-year rule as his mandatory retirement pre-dated the introduction of that rule. I had no idea at all that Daishoyama was his son-in-law, it's so obvious now that the control of the toshiyori (albeit not the official ownership) passed to Daishoyama. It was excellent, thank you very much. It sounds like you have quite a treasure trove in those notes. :-)
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Is this rule retroactive? I'm just wondering about the ownership of the Nakagawa toshiyori. I haven't seen anything about a change of ownership, so I assumed it was still owned by former Oiteyama and borrowed by former Asahisato. Does Asahisato now own the toshiyori, or is Oiteyama - who retired at 65 in June 2003 - exempt from the three-year ownership rule?
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Really? I can come up with two without giving it a second's thought - the previous Tokitsukaze, and the current man in charge of paperclips, Takasago.
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    Retired rikishi -Haru 2010

    Thanks Fay, and ditto here, best wishes for Keno.
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    Retired rikishi -Haru 2010

    Sad to hear it's another injury. I guess it was one too many, he didn't want to spend another long period off the dohyo trying to recover. Here's his record for that first bad injury and comeback: 2000.11 Ms19w -O*--O-*-*-#--- 2-4-1 2001.01 Ms39e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.03 Ms39e -*-*----------- 0-2-5 2001.05 Sd15e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.07 Sd15e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.09 Sd75e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.11 Jd35e --------------- 0-0-7 2002.01 Jd105w -OO-O--OO-O-*-- 6-1 2002.03 Jd24w --------------- 0-0-7 Keno Kenichi 2002.05 Jd24w -#------------- 0-1-6 2002.07 Jd94e --------------- 0-0-7 2002.09 Jk38w --------------- 0-0-7 2002.11 Bg 0-0 2003.01 Bg 0-0 2003.03 Bg 0-0 2003.05 Bg 0-0 2003.07 Bg 0-0 2003.09 Bg 0-0 2003.11 Mz 0-0 2004.01 Jk32e -OO--OO-O-O-O-- 7-0 Yusho 2004.03 Jd26e -OO-O--OO-O-O-- 7-0 Yusho He also added a Sandanme yusho in 2008. Remarkable fighting spirit to keep going after so much time off the dohyo. ;-) Wishing him well for the future.
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    Retired rikishi -Haru 2010

    Sad to see Keno retire - not another injury I hope. He had a long stretch in banzuke-gai due to a serious knee injury, if I remember correctly. Won a couple of yusho on his long-awaited return, too.
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    Here's one which, as far as I can tell, all the querying in the world won't help you to solve. What obscure fact connects the following four rikishi: Former Sekiwake Tamanofuji Former Maegashira Oko Former Maegashira Gojoro Former Maegashira Akinoshu
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    Watching sumo from Europe

    I watch the Newsline programs on NHK World, $ky channel 516 in the UK. On most days of a basho, they show two or three bouts and then list all of the results from Makuuchi on that day. Bouts involving Yokozuna are always shown. It's not much, but it's better than nothing, and for those of us who don't have internet access every day it's a handy way to stay updated with the top division. Personally I'd love to see them have a longer show at the end of the basho featuring the key results for the yusho race and other best bouts. They manage to find time for stuff like Tokyo Fashion Express, after all.
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    I would have thought it likely that Minanosato will continue in the role until there is a specific reason to change, such as injury or his own retirement. On the subject of injury, does anyone know if there is an assigned deputy for the role? As far as I'm aware all of the previous performers are long since retired, so who would take over should Minanosato get injured during a basho and go on kyujo?
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Asashoryu. Awesome sumo wrestler. Awful Yokozuna.
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    Hokutoryu reaches milestone

    On Day 11 of this Hatsu basho, lower division ironman Hokutoryu (http://www.sumoreference.com/Rikishi.aspx?r=607) fought the 1000th consecutive bout of his career. He has never missed a bout since making his debut back in 1986. If only the media would celebrate this kind of achievement alongside those of the likes of Moriurara. Ganbare Hokutoryu!