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    The new mongolian generation

    Perhaps a silly question, but should Roga be considered part of the new Mongolian generation? His entry on SumoDB says he's a Russian from Ulan Bator (the Mongolian capital), which obviously doesn't make much sense; looking into it a bit further, I found this article from last year: http://nyarunuko.com/archives/1849... ...which says he was born in the autonomous Russian republic of Tuva to a Mongolian dad and a Russian mum, and when asked about nationality he says he considers himself Russian. Has there been any change/update since then?
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2019

    NHK now reporting that Kakuryu will be absent on Day 1: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20191110/k10012171591000.html
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    Hakuho Applying for Japanese Citizenship

    Yep, I was reading that as his application being submitted, on a re-read it was obviously that it was accepted and he has obtained citizenship. D'oh .
  4. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20190903/k10012061001000.html Just breaking on NHK now, so pretty much just what the title says - it's understood that on September 3rd, Hakuho formally applied for Japanese citizenship, which is a requirement if he wants to be an oyakata. No word yet if this presages his imminent retirement from active sumo.
  5. ...and confirmed: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20190520/k10011922041000.html. Takakeisho re-kyujo from Day 9. Doesn't specify that this the first time an Ozeki's gone kyujo twice in one basho, but says it's 'an extremely irregular occurrence'.
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    Rikishi Status Hatsu 2019 - Final

    Oh man, that pic:
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    Rikishi Status Hatsu 2019 - Final

    It's being reported by NHK too now: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20190119/k10011783581000.html Cites 'pain in the left knee' as the reason, but no diagnosis beyond that.
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    Rikishi Status Hatsu 2019 - Final

    NHK reporting Kakuryu will be kyujo for day 6: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20190118/k10011782121000.html?utm_int=all_side_ranking-social_003
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    Rikishi Status Hatsu 2019 - Final

    Misread that as Takakeisho and mind-boggled for a moment!
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I just see it as being particularly worrisome for Kise. My understanding is that if the YDC is going on record with an official Encouragement, it's them gently clearing their collective throat and indicating to the Encouraged that there could be more to come if they don't see improvement. Which isn't a huge deal if it's one basho of un yokozuna-like sumo to cover an injury, or a lack of hinkaku etc., but given the length of Kise's ongoing injury, the way his basho went so horribly, and how pressure and expectation have more often seemed to be a demotivator than a motivator for him, it seems somewhat ominous for his future.
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Oof - the post-basho YDC meeting today handed down a formal resolution of 'Encouragement' for Kisenosato, chairman Kitamura citing his performance and saying that he should be showing physical strength and ability comensurate with his position and 'the disappointment of the fans who had earnestly hoped for his recovery at the Kyushu basho was great': https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181126/k10011723551000.html Sounds like they may be running out of patience.
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    Preparations of the masses-Kyusho 2018

    Not sure if this is best posted here, but probably doesn't warrant it's own thread - an Ootake-beya makushita rikishi has apparently prepared for the tournament by driving drunk and getting into a car accident, per NHK: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181110/k10011705681000.html. He is not named in the article, and is apparently being 'questioned about the circumstances' by police and not arrested, but Ootake's response 'Even though I told them not to do anything that would disappoint Sumo fans... I feel this is inexcusable.' makes it seem probable that the reports are accurate. PR chief Shibatayama says they Kyokai will respond promptly once the police report findings.
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    Wajima passes.

    Not much more detail on this as yet. NHK reports his passing at 70. No details, and the article gives an account of his sumo career but has nothing beyond his retirement except that he worked as 'a pro-wrestler and TV personality' and no details of his later life. People in his hometown of Nanao react: 'He was a superstar who I've admired since childhood, I can't help being saddened by news of his death' - a man in his 50s. 'As a local hero, I always cheered for him, I was very sad to hear of his passing' - a man in his 80s.
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    Tochinoshin Ozeki Promotion News

    Squinting at the picture, I'm 95% sure the visible part of the caption is 'Showa 37, May', so I think your instinct is right on this one.
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    Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    '(A person affiliated with the Kyokai says "This basho) he has been so strong that it was hard to even imagine him losing." '
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    NHK latest: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20180122/k10011296761000.html. - Oosunarashi's lawyer accompanied him and Ootake to the meeting. - Lawyer says Oosunarashi's pregnant wife was driving, but Oosunarashi moved into the driver's seat 'to protect her' after the accident. He admits not telling either the Kyokai or his Oyakata about the accident. - Kyujo from tomorrow, Ootake says 'there's no way he can do sumo with things as they are'. - Ootake apologizes to the Kyokai for adding to their troubles at a difficult time and to all sumo fans for disappointing them - 'after the troubles last year I told my guys so many times the only way to end these problems is to live honestly, I'm in shock, I can't think what to say,'
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Oh, and the 'young person' in question was a junior gyoji. Shikimori has apparently apologized to him and he has accepted the apology, the issue will not be reported to the police. Internal punishment to be decided at an emergency meeting of the rijikai.
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    Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    Don't know if this should be it's own thread or if it folds into this as a general ongoing scandal, but NHK is reporting that at the winter jungyo in Okinawa, Shikimori Inosuke got drunk at a hotel during dinner and then sexually harassed/assaulted the 'young person in their teens' who was tasked with escorting him back to his room by 'kissing them several times and fondling their chest': https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20180105/k10011280481000.html Shikimori is quoted as saying he was so drunk he has no memory of the incident, and does not know why he did it. Hakkaku rijicho says his actions are pathetic and unbecoming of a top gyoji.
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    Podcast - Yaocho discussion

    Ok. -Is there yaocho in the sense that a nebulous 'they' are fixing a huge number of bouts, determining who wins the yusho, etc, according to some predetermined plan? No. There is no evidence of this at all, and the actual results of the last decade or so go against the usual conspiracy narrative of what 'they' want. Kise still doesn't have a single yusho. There's been no Japanese yokozuna for more than 13 years. Hakuho has broken pretty much every longstanding record of Taio and Chiyonofuji. A series of young Japanese hopefuls have burst into makuuchi amid great media fanfare and then settled down into maegashira mediocrity. Could this same 'they' influence the results of certain individual bouts to the benefit of their favored rikishi? It's not impossible and would require much less effort than rigging things on a grand scale, but again there's no evidence, and based on the results 'they' either really love Hakuho or are really bad at match fixing. -Is there yaocho in the sense that rikishi are throwing seemingly random matches of their own volition, for financial gain? It's as possible as it is in any other sport. In the absence of any positive evidence, I don't think it's happening currently, but wouldn't be shocked beyond belief if it comes to light. -Is there mukiryoku in the sense that rikishi will go easy on an opponent who needs the win, in return for a quid pro quo later? After watching years of Kaio limp to another 8-7 against a suddenly listless opponent, I think it's quite likely. Is it widespread? Well, it's based on the idea of people begging wins to keep from a losing record, so unless the whole division is fine with a status quo and 8-7s all round, I'd think it's mostly restricted to the ozeki and guys with 7-7s on the last day. Just my guess though, as once again there's no evidence. -Is there mukiryoku in the sense that once someone has a certain number of wins they don't fight as hard, either because they're nursing an injury or because they don't give a damn now they have their kachikoshi? Almost certainly. But that's the same as in any sport with this sort of tournament format. A football team in mid-table on the last day of the season facing a team with a chance of winning the championship or being relegated will likely not play with the same spirit as their opponent. It would be nice if everyone went all-out all the time, but it's not unique to sumo and it's a stretch to call it 'fixing' the result. My issue with Mike is not that he suggests that yaocho is a thing, it's that he's so certain in everything he writes when all it's based on is his watching the bouts and having an opinion. Just from a quick scan of his latest report: Sadogatake bought Kotooshu's yusho, Ikioi's 10-5 is a fraud, and Akiseyama needed two yaocho wins to get a 4-11. All stated as 100% fact, based on...? Does Mike have a mole inside the match-fixing committee? The ability to read the hearts of men when he sees a video of them?
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    Podcast - Yaocho discussion

    ... or, if he watches sumo carefully You'd think that if 'watching sumo carefully' gave someone the ability to detect each and every fixed bout and determine the politics behind them then that person might also have noticed that a whole bunch of rikishi were operating a for-profit organized yaocho ring, but funnily enough I don't recall Mike ever mentioning that one until after it was publicly exposed.
  21. Ugh, so after 10 years of following sumo (first tournament I watched was Haru 2006) all this continuing yaocho talk has made me finally register an account so I can put my two cents in. I'm going to venture that the reason a lot of the forum regulars are sick of debating conspiracy theories is the same reason that I am: that they've been hearing variations on a theme for years upon years, and none of them come true. 'There's no way the kyoukai will let one/three/five/ten years go by without a Japanese yusho! There's no way they'll let Hakuho reach twenty/thirty/thirty five yusho! There's no way they'll accept another Mongolian yokozuna before promoting Kotomitsuki/Kisenosato/Kotoshogiku!' Heck, when I first started reading English-speaking sumo fandom the conspiracy theories took it for granted that a Japanese yusho would definitely happen before 2011 (no way they'll let it get to the point there's no Japanese yusho portraits in the Kokugikan!) and that Hakuho would be forced to retire somewhere around twenty yusho (no way they'll let a second foreigner in a row surpass Takanohana!). Then after close to a decade (in which none of this came true, in which an active yaocho ring of twenty-plus rikishi which the conspiracy theorists never suspected was exposed), we ended up with no Japanese yusho, no Japanese yokozuna, and Hakuho surpassing pretty much every record there is, it became 'It's not the kyoukai organizing the fixing,it's Hakuho and the Mongolian cabal!' And now that a Japanese yusho is on the cards for the first time in a decade we're back to the kyoukai and/or the Japanese rikishi en masse organizing everything again! If they have this power to fix results at will, why have they waited ten whole years to exercise it? Why is Giku the beneficiary instead of Kise, who's pretty much agreed to be the golden boy of Japanese sumo? Why, instead of Hak and Giku both finishing 14-1 and Giku capping off the tournament with a dramatic and suspenseful playoff win that will draw in maximum media interest are we (probably, at time of writing) going to get Giku securing victory by bulldozing Goeido, who's been so hapless this tournament that I wouldn't put it past him to just slip and fall over on the tachi-ai? Sorry for prolonging the argument, just needed to get that off my chest.