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Unique payroll system in the word of sumo

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Payment for sumo wrestlers in the top two makuuchi and juryo divisions consists mainly of monthly salaries and bonuses, which depend on their performance.

Monthly salaries range from ¥1.1 million for juryo to ¥3 million for yokozuna.

Bonuses are decided based on the sport’s unique payment system called rikishi-hoshokin. Each wrestler receives a bonus point worth ¥3, called mochi-kyukin, when he enters the banzuke rankings as a jonokuchi, the sport’s lowest division.

The payment increases by one point worth 50 sen, or ¥0.5, for every win that exceeds the number of losses in a tournament.

For example, a lower-rank wrestler receiving a bonus point of ¥3 gets a ¥0.5 raise with a 4-3 record, as the number of wins surpasses that of losses by one. In the same way, another wrestler who wins all seven bouts gets a raise of ¥3.5 in bonus points, leading him to have an accumulated bonus of ¥6.5.

Wrestlers in the makuuchi top division, who have 15 bouts per tournament, get the same rate. But a hiramaku (the rank-and-file of the makuuchi division) wrestler who defeats a yokozuna gets a bonus point worth ¥10. Such a win is called a kinboshi, or gold star.

Winning the championship provides a special increase of ¥30 in bonus points. A wrestler with a perfect record would have an increase of ¥50. Mochi-kyukin continues to rise as long as wrestlers are on the banzuke rankings. No deduction is made even when losses outnumber wins.

As of the end of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in March, yokozuna Hakuho, who has won 42 championships, had the highest accumulated bonus of ¥2,050.5. Yokozuna Kakuryu, who has won the championship five times, had an accumulation of ¥346.5, nearly six times less than Hakuho despite the two having debuted together in 2001. It is mainly because of the difference between them in the number of championships and undefeated tournaments.

The mochi-kyukin bonus is multiplied by 4,000 to calculate the rikishi-hoshokin payment for each tournament. The payment is made even when wrestlers pull out of the tournament. Hakuho withdrew from the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, but still got ¥8.202 million as his bonus payment for the basho.

Wrestlers in the makushita division or lower can also accumulate bonuses. But they can receive the payment only after they are promoted to the juryo division. This is why when they retire, many sumo wrestlers single out a bout that promoted them to the juryo division as a particularly memorable match for them.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005803419

 

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41 minutes ago, Otokonoyama said:

Mochi-kyukin continues to rise as long as wrestlers are on the banzuke rankings. No deduction is made even when losses outnumber wins.

Miki forgot to mention the exception - and the possible rise to a  respective minimum for a rank promotion: that would get reduced again on demotion.

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Sumo: Kakuryu rules roost, Asanoyama surges in latest rankings

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Kakuryu will head into next month's Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in pole position as east yokozuna while summer basho winner Asanoyama moved into the No. 1 maegashira slot, according to rankings published by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday.

The fast-rising Asanoyama, who clinched his maiden championship in front of U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month, climbed seven spots up the ranks, reaching a new career high for the July 7-21 tournament at Dolphins Arena.

"I've put the championship behind me and will train as a challenger," said the 25-year-old, taking the humble path despite being the first winner without any previous sanyaku experience since Sadanoyama in 1961.

"I'm hoping to work steadily (through the tournament). I'll first aim for a winning record," he said.

Kakuryu, coming off an 11-4 record in May, will be looking for his sixth championship and his first in Nagoya. It will be Kakuryu's 32nd grand tournament as a yokozuna, moving him into a tie for 10th all-time.

The leader in that category, his Mongolian compatriot Hakuho, will be competing for the 72nd time as a yokozuna. Hakuho missed May's grand tournament in Tokyo after suffering a muscle tear in his upper right arm in March's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka.

The 34-year-old Hakuho is aiming for a record-extending 43rd career grand tournament championship.

With Tochinoshin back in the ozeki fold after one tournament as a sekiwake, the ozeki wrestlers will form a quartet in Nagoya. Goeido and Takayasu have been handed the top east and top west slots, respectively, while Takakeisho is next on the east with Georgian Tochinoshin in the final west slot.

Takakeisho, however, suffered a right knee injury upon his ozeki debut in May and failed to win eight bouts, putting him in peril of relegation to sekiwake as a "kadoban" ozeki in Nagoya. He becomes just the ninth ozeki to face demotion in his second tournament, the last being Tochinoshin.

The Georgian Tochinoshin, promoted to ozeki a year ago, went 5-2 last summer in Nagoya but rebounded in September with nine wins. Tochinoshin, who has struggled with lower-body injuries since his promotion, finally succumbed to relegation after logging losing records in January and March.

In July, however, he becomes the ninth wrestler since the start of the Showa era in 1926 to regain his ozeki status after winning the mandatory 10 bouts as a sekiwake. The last to accomplish the feat, Tochiazuma, did it twice, in September 2004 and March 2005.

Mitakeumi and Tamawashi are both back at sekiwake. Mitakeumi, promoted after setting a 9-6 mark in May as a komusubi, is on the east and will be competing in the sanyaku ranks -- the three below yokozuna -- for the 15th consecutive tournament.

Tamawashi, the January champion, was demoted from sekiwake after going 5-10 in March, but rebounded with a 10-5 record in May as a No. 3 maegashira.

The final two sanyaku wrestlers are newcomers who are wrestling for the first time as komusubi after going 10-5 in May. Abi, promoted from No. 4, joins Ryuden, who moves up from No. 5.

At the other end of the spectrum, one wrestler, Takagenji, will make his debut in the elite makuuchi division, and will be joined by two others moving up from the second-tier juryo division.

A stablemate of ozeki Takakeisho, 22-year-old Takagenji, won the juryo championship in May with a 13-2 record, earning promotion to No. 10 maegashira.

Rejoining the top flight are No. 14 Toyonoshima and No. 16 Kotoyuki.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/06/5e489694cb2f-sumo-kakuryu-rules-roost-in-latest-rankings.html

 

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Much talk, no action from sumo committees

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The Japan Sumo Association loves committees.

Barely a scandal or incident goes by without the creation of some kind of panel or investigative group.

Last month saw the establishment of yet another.

The “Expert Committee to Contemplate the Future Succession of Sumo” is an advisory body whose remit is to provide guidelines for JSA governance, especially in regard to managing foreign rikishi and the internationalization of the sport...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/06/26/sumo/much-talk-no-action-sumo-committees/

 

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On 27/06/2019 at 03:27, Benihana said:

@Otokonoyama beat you by a second.

 

19 hours ago, Gaijingai said:

 

Otokonoyama beat you by a second. (Crowned...)

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Nagoya Basho historically significant for foreign wrestlers and sumo fans

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When you think of the Nagoya tournament what first comes to mind?

For many it’s something like the scene in “Fight Club” where the narrator tries not to think of the words “searing” or “flesh.”

No other tournament is as closely associated with the weather as the July meet.

The intense heat and humidity, combined with traditionally ineffective air conditioning in the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, makes the furious beating of hand fans and a constant supply of cold drinks, de rigueur for those attending...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/07/04/sumo/nagoya-basho-historically-significant-foreign-wrestlers-sumo-fans/

 

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Thanks to Otokonoyama's vigilance, I realised that Gaijingai had already posted Miki-san's latest offering.  (duplication hereby deleted)

It is interesting that the rankings are determined well before tournaments primarily for the sake of new sekitori, but the official release comes only 13 days before each tournament.  This begs the question whether changes can occur during the delay in making the rankings public.

Edited by Amamaniac
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The duplicate posts - we used to delete them in years past. Time to revive the tradition perhaps. Consolidating topics does't seem to be enough.

Edited by Otokonoyama

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Live streaming events is one thing, reposting news that has been around for hours does not. Can't be bothered to check. Ok, we'll zap that repeat post; Don't need anyone in bedsheets tp tell us what's valid sumo. Plenty of times and places to determine that.

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18 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

Thanks to Otokonoyama's vigilance, I realised that Gaijingai had already posted Miki-san's latest offering.  (duplication hereby deleted)

It is interesting that the rankings are determined well before tournaments primarily for the sake of new sekitori, but the official release comes only 13 days before each tournament.  This begs the question whether changes can occur during the delay in making the rankings public.

It’s always been my understanding that once the rankings are decided they are locked in a safe until they’re removed for the calligraphy stage of making the physical banzuke, so presumably no changes are possible.

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1 hour ago, Eikokurai said:

It’s always been my understanding that once the rankings are decided they are locked in a safe until they’re removed for the calligraphy stage of making the physical banzuke, so presumably no changes are possible.

The only change possible is to blacken or leave out someone who got fired

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31 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

The only change possible is to blacken out someone who got fired

And sometimes not even then. Takanoiwa was on the banzuke after his departure because the rankings had already been settled.

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55 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

And sometimes not even then. Takanoiwa was on the banzuke after his departure because the rankings had already been settled.

only those who really got fired got removed, not those who are simply forced to retire - the rankings had been settled in any case

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Sumo 101: Charismatic rikishi

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One of sumo’s most defining features is the stoicism of its wrestlers.

Win or lose, rikishi are expected to remain composed.

Sometimes after a particularly hard fought or meaningful bout, emotion slips through, but that’s the exception rather than the rule...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/07/08/sumo/sumo-101-charismatic-rikishi

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