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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    I'm not sure about the Japanese context, but at least in other countries, the prosecution has a number of alternative measures available other than pursuing charges. This can involve an individual agreeing to abide by certain restrictions, engaging in voluntary community service, etc., in return for prosecution not being pursued. Failure to abide by the terms of the agreement means that charges on the underlying offence can/will be pursued. Often used for first time non-violent offenders to see about preventing future offences without unduly harming societal prospects (which often encourages rather than discourages future offences). Not that there is any evidence this is what happened here, and assuming such alternative or diversionary measures are available in Japan, but simply pointing out that just because charges aren't being pursued doesn't mean that some action hasn't been taken of which the public isn't being made aware.
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    Ichidai toshiyori no more?

    Interesting, as to my mind it would be the opposite. The endowment kabu would undoubtedly remain a rare thing available to only high performers (in the ring at least), and by removing the limit you remove the clog - "do nothing" oyakata can't clog the system by sitting on the limited number of kabu, preventing others from entering. (As an aside, I appreciate my version of the clog is theoretical, I don't know of any qualified rikishi unable to obtain stock due to lack of availability, but I'm not exactly a fount of knowledge on the matter)
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    Colorizing old sumo photographs

    As far as hijackings go, this is one I at least have rather enjoyed, so thank you!
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    Corona and sumo

    Any idea what the vaccination rate is for the city? Genuinely curious, as most of the news on this side of the Pacific has been about the slow pace. To my mind, rikishi likely face a higher risk of infection than most given the close contact required in the life, appreciating of course the NSK has tried to offset this with the restrictive measures that have seen a few metaphorical heads roll (or at least ensured a change in mage style for some more accurately). Keep in mind as well they're all being tested, whereas asymptomatic members of the public won't be, skewing the stats further.
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    Corona and sumo

    Or that one shouldn't look at specific higher risk groups as comparator given the nature of the rikishi lifestyle with no ability to socially isolate. Trying to draw a comparison against all groups across a country without a comparison of risk factors isn't exactly helpful.
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    Corona and sumo

    Also, given those numbers 2.8% of them are infected, and that seems to you an "ineffective" vaccine? Man, I'd hate to see the standards of perfection you apply to other areas of your life!
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    Sumo and the Olympics

    Now that's a solid grappling power duo:
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    Sir Donald ;)
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    "Yeah, I'm the tenth neurologist. You got something to say about it?"
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    My pleasure, I've always got time for sumo lore, especially when there's someone with a BJJ-related forum shikona involved in the discussion! While I do enjoy the modern fists down, head first charge, there is definitely something I love about the older style squat, at most shake fists in ground's general direction, charge with head and chest up into a yotsu battle. Makes me think of Kitanoumi in his prime for some reason.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Called a jikan-mae, jikan (時間) being "time" and mae (前) meaning "before". You'll note that when the assorted bows are done, the gyouji will say "jikan desu" or "it's time", signaling it's time to go for real. So a jikan-mae is starting the match ahead of the appointed time. I feel like we get one every few years, and I remember being absolutely floored the first time I saw one (I feel like it was Ama/Harumafuji against someone, but would need to dig back through some posts). Also, Murray Johnson is an absolute hero.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    On the plus side, elbows are much simpler joints than shoulders (which is what Kisenosato's pec tear would have buggered, along with the muscle itself), and much more readily fixed with surgery and supported by tape or a brace. My hope is that any injury there can be squared away without too much fuss, and given Terunofuji's prowess on the belt, it won't be quite as problematic as if he were a pusher simpliciter (as it were). Though as someone that's ruptured his UCL, Teru very much has my sympathy.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    An absolute classic. Not sure who the colour commentator was, but I always enjoyed the last line of the clip below, "if this hadn't been on the dohyo, that would have really gotten things started!" (loose and poor quality translation)
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Sometimes it's clearly in the flow of the match, and fair enough. Other times, it's clear that it's about pushing the opponent off the dohyo for emphasis and ego, rather than just out of the ring for the win. Given the risk of injury, I tend not to be a big fan of the latter, and am with @Eikokurai that it can definitely come under the umbrella of dame-oshi depending on the severity of it.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Not sure about any rule on an aikido-style wrist lock, but agree that's not what was applied here. This was more a wrestling balance break, rather than any joint lock. Basically a two-handed version of the Russian Wrist Snap: I always find it cool to see the cross-over between the various grappling styles. Terunofuji's kainahineri was an absolute thing of beauty in my books, easily rivaling any of those shown above.