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  1. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Two Yusho in a row will not even force a promotion as Chiyonoyama (was not promoted after his 2 wins in a row in autumn 49 and spring 50) demonstrates. He needed a third win to get promoted. This is because the only qualifications are the Strength, Skill, and Dignity to uphold the rank in the judgment of the promoting authority.
  2. Diet members caucus demanding development in sumo

    I was thinking about this the other day, and thought that a "Stop Loss" policy would be a good idea for Rikishi who are certified by a neutral third party to be recovering from a significant Sumo related injury, to have a maximum rank loss of say 24 numerical ranks. Then on their return they are come back in a south or north rank and if they preform well are promoted back toward their old rank in an accelerated manner. something like each win above 8 counts for 1.75 wins or some such. So say someone at M8 suffers a injury during an exhibition bout at a regional show and misses 3 Basho. They would normally fall 45 ranks (15 + 15 + 15) putting them well into Makushita. If they are limited to only falling to J14 or so, then they have incentive to heal up properly and not come back before they are capable. Then on their return they win 13 bouts. So that should get them from J14 to M15 or so. The key is to have the outside party doing the evaluation so that cheating will be limited. Also, they will want to make the total number of Rikishi in each division a bit more flexible to account for Rikishi who may never return, and not hold back deserving Rikishi from advancing due to spots that are not competing due to injury.
  3. Wakaichiro from Texas

    His mothers family lives in Nagasaki, and he has lived with them during the summer. He holds Japanese Nationality as well. So I would conclude that he has had far more exposer than most foreigners (which he does not count as for the limit of one per Heya) joining Sumo.
  4. YDC Soken-Hatsu 2018

    Faxes have no man in the middle attack protections. They are a simple analog signal that is easily copied, altered and spoofed. There is Nothing secure about them. VoIP actually makes them slightly more secure, by digitizing the analog signal adding one minor additional step in the interception process.
  5. YDC Soken-Hatsu 2018

    I work for one of the major travel web site in the backend systems. The insistence of faxes was actually a huge problem when we started a big push into the Japanese market. We eventually solved it by getting a third party specialist to set us up a Fax to Mail server, that lets our agents send and receive faxes like their are email. PCI hates faxes and almost failed us on an audit over them a few years a go. And, for record keeping, we need to have everything be easily stored in case the government(s) want to audit us. Faxes are just not acceptable for this. Also there are a few European markets that are the same way with small hotels and B&B's all insisting on everything be faxed to them.
  6. YDC Soken-Hatsu 2018

    This is actually not true, faxes are trivial to intercept, read, and alter. They are the least secure method of transmitting sensitive data. One of the reasons PCI compliance forbids their use for transmitting credit card and account information.
  7. In every decent DB I have ever worked with a log would still be available if this was the case, to tell the admins what happened. I certainly hope the Admins are not running the forum on one of the shitty NoSQL DB's I have seen get popular in hipster IT circles the last few years.
  8. New recruits for Hatsu 2018

    He is still very young, so has a lot of room to grow his skill and abilities. It will all come down to his self motivation, willpower, work ethic, and ability to learn and adapt.
  9. New banzuke?

    98.97% probability that he will not be on it. Mostly, because he announced his retirement prior to it being made. The remaining ~1% is there because the off chance that they will simply not issue a new banzuke because the world has ended.
  10. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2017

    With the sad retirement of Harumafuji, this will open an additional spot in the upper division. They can use this to under demote someone, or promote someone that otherwise would not have been promoted from Juryo. Regardless of their choice there is going to be an extra lucky new Juryo promotion unless they decide to keep Yago as he nearly had KK or horribly under demote one of the others. By my count there would have been 4 and now there should be 5 Juryo promotions.
  11. Steroids, HGH and other performance enhancing drugs?

    Alcohol alone is pretty conductive to violence. There is no need to look beyond that one drug.
  12. Steroids, HGH and other performance enhancing drugs?

    As far as I have been able to find, only one peer reviewed study has ever shown a causative effect of one kind of PED on acne. The remainder found the data inconclusive or negative with respect to a causative impact. With the heavy regulation and control of most drugs in Japan combined with the massive social stigma and general lack of availability (unlike the US where they are easy to come by), I would personally expect that any abuse would be of the medical mis-perscription variety. HGH or other such therapeutic drug. Quite frankly I expect the bigger problem to be pain medication abuse at the highest levels. How many times have we seen injuries that would be expected to hospitalize or confine to bed other athletes for days or weeks, yet the Rikishi returns to competition within a day or two (or improbably wins a Basho).
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2017

    14 and 1 with a yusho playoff or 15 and 0 are about the only score that would absolutely force a 3rd slot.
  14. Sports Navi Live in 7 Steps

    Thank you very much. I already have a VPN I pay for (Private Internet Access), to protect my online privacy. They have a Japan out point, and switching to that from a US one allows me to access the live stream in perfect HD.
  15. Hakuho, nationality and People's Honor Award

    Then you are wrong. All rules and actions must conform to the Law, regardless of their historically or culteralies. This is clearly spelled out in the Japanese constitution and relevant law. I also dispute that Sumo has a unique cultural position. There are a great many far more culturally significant and common things in Japan. And, world wide Sumo is hardly unique in its cultural history. Then compare the original sumo with the modern practice of Sumo and you will see that it has change very significantly though out the few centuries it has been around. When I was last in Japan (1995), Sumo was not some big cultural thing the Japanese as a whole were in to. Outside of very rare instances it was football (Soccer for the Americans) , golf, or baseball they cared about. It was much more common to have a conversation about Kabuki than Sumo. As sumo has significantly changed in the past (both recent and in the Meiji era), I see no reason they can not change now. In fact, this is such a trivial and insignificant change as to be hardly worth noting.