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Randomly came across some archived sumo articles from the NYT and WaPo. You won’t learn much but could be of interest just to see them. NYT article is from 1978, WaPo one from 1993.

https://www.nytimes.com/1978/01/24/archives/sumo-wrestling-has-judge-that-never-blinks-simultaneous-thuds-in.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1993/09/30/no-instant-replay-no-appeal-for-sumo-refs/1b8247fc-8ab0-4834-9228-89b57514fba0/

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9 hours ago, Gaijingai said:

John Gunning: Importance of Nagoya Hasho 50 Years Ago 

Pretty sure John hasn't joined the Chunichi Shimbun.

Not one of his.

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Asahi has a couple of pretty interesting paywalled articles:

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASQ7F76FMQ74UTQP00W.html

This first is an interview with Konno Misako, new member of the YDC, where she talks about what yokozuna should be and mentions her favourite wrestler is Tokushōryū.

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASQ7J7QNFQ7JUTQP014.html?iref=pc_ss_date_article&iref=pc_extlink

I have a bit more of a horse in this race; this is an article about ōzeki quality and a conversation with Kitanofuji on that topic. The authors of the article say that they've crunched ōzeki data; I'd like to see how that matches up against the numbers I put up a while ago on assessing ōzeki.

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Hakuho has 27 years left until he has to retire as a stable master - less than the average time taken by the past five JSA chairmen to reach the sport’s top post, following the end of their active careers. - 

Japan Times

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I mean...

Tsunenohana 14 years (retired 1930 -> rijicho at age 47, 1944-1957)

Futabayama 12 years (retired 1945 -> rijicho at age 45, 1957-1968) - died in office

Dewanohana 28 years (retired 1940 -> rijicho at age 59, 1968-1974) - stop-gap candidate after Futabayama's death

Tochinishiki 14 years (retired 1960 -> rijicho at age 48, 1974-1988)

Wakanohana 26 years (retired 1962 -> rijicho at age 59, 1988-1992) - transitional candidate, same generation as Tochinishiki

Sadanoyama 24 years (retired 1968 -> rijicho at age 53, 1992-1998) - retired due to lack of confidence

Yutakayama 30 years (retired 1968 -> rijicho at age 60, 1998-2002) - stop-gap candidate after Sadanoyama's loss of confidence

Kitanoumi 17 years (retired 1985 -> rijicho at age 48, 2002-2008) - retired due to marijuana scandal of heya's rikishi

Mienoumi 28 years (retired 1980 -> rijicho at age 60, 2008-2010) - stop-gap candidate after Kitanoumi's retirement, retired himself due to health issues

Kaiketsu 31 years (retired 1979 -> rijicho at age 62, 2010-2012) - stop-gap candidate after Mienoumi's retirement

Kitanoumi again 2012-2015 - died in office

Hokutoumi 23 years (retired 1992 -> rijicho at age 52, 2015-now)

Generally speaking, it's only the transitional and emergency candidates who had to wait a long time, and it can't really be called "wait" anyway since most of them weren't actually expected to ever get the post.

The obvious candidates have all become chairman in their late 40s or early 50s. The same is likely going to be true for whoever out of Kisenosato/Kakuryu/Hakuho gets to become rijicho in the mid-2030s, making for a wait of under 20 years for him.

Hakkaku right now is kind of a weird case since he's both a stop-gap and a young rijicho, as a combination of a very early retirement from the dohyo, Kitanoumi's death opening up the position two and a half years early, and the obvious successor candidate Takanohana flaming out (he'd have been 45 at the time of Kitanoumi's expected 2018 retirement).

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