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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. YDC convenes-Nagoya 2017

    The 1989 Nagano Olympics had a non-Japanese Yokozona Akebono do the ring entrance ceremony. Although he was the second choice after Takanohana.
  4. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I will be happy if he makes Juryo. Anything greater will be icing on the Cake.
  5. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Japan is a nation that has traditions they actively preserve dating back over a thousand years. Do you honestly think they are going to abandon this one, because of a little hot weather? You need a very good reason for them to do so. Something like the arena is half empty and the association loses money on the tournament.
  6. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Part of the deal, that allowed the combination of the old Osaka & Tokyo sumo groups into the modern national one, was that half of all Basho's be held in the Osaka territories. So three are held in western Japan and three in eastern.
  7. Banzuke Natsu 2017

    I expect there would be a 4th Sekiwake's in the next tournament.
  8. Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    It looks more to me, that Harumafuji had his hand stuck between the belly fat and the belt, and was trying to pull his hand out so he would not fall on top of Kisenosato
  9. Videos - Haru 2017- Days 1-15

    Kintamayama, I am really loving the classical matches you have been adding. Thank you for all your hard work.
  10. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2017

    Very doubtful. He would need a lot of demotions and not many promotables above him. What it will do, is set him up into the promotion zone for next Basho. So if he does well in May, he should make his Juryo debut in July.
  11. Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    I am very surprised they do not have a doctor or other medical professional "ring side" just for these situations. That is pretty much a requirement for any Combat Sport these days.
  12. Banzuke Haru 2017

    The right side is is the East ranks and the Left is West. Then from inner to outer top to bottom each Rikishi is shown by Rank.
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2017

    Shodai needs to win all of his remaining matches to ensure he is only demoted to Komusubi. There is so little chance of he maintains a Sekiwake rank, that only a physicist could measure it.
  14. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2017

    I agree, 10 is not a guarantee. None the less, it is still a very strong case for promotion. And, as good a case for promotion as Mitakeumi has to a potential 3rd Komusubi spot if Takayasu is not promoted. It will all depend on how many more matches Shodai loses, and then if Kotoshogiku announces his retirement before the next Banzuki is made. If neither cooperate, then they will have some hard decisions to make. I favor opening extra slots in the lower titled ranks. They may take another stance. There is no sure way to tell, until they release the new rankings.
  15. Spirited rikishi Hatsu 2017

    I would think it was Ikioi of those two. He is the one that held off the top Ozeki and fought on and on well after he should have reasonably lost. Displaying an admirable Fighting Spirit.