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non-standard banzuke release dates (since 2000)

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Collected on the occasion of the upcoming release of the Hatsu banzuke, which is responsible for most of the cases.

Hatsu basho

Year Banzuke Shonichi
2000 Dec 22 Wednesday Jan 09
2001 Dec 20 Wednesday Jan 07
2002 Dec 25 Tuesday Jan 13
2003 Dec 24 Tuesday Jan 12
2004 Dec 24 Wednesday Jan 11
2005 Dec 23 Thursday Jan 09
2006 Dec 21 Wednesday Jan 08
2007 Dec 21 Thursday Jan 07
2008 Dec 20 Thursday Jan 13
2009 Dec 24 Wednesday Jan 11
2010 Dec 21 Monday Jan 10
2011 Dec 21 Tuesday Jan 09
2012 Dec 21 Wednesday Jan 08
2013 Dec 24 Monday Jan 13
2014 Dec 24 Tuesday Jan 12
2015 Dec 24 Wednesday Jan 11
2016 Dec 24 Thursday Jan 10
2017 Dec 26 Monday Jan 08
2018 Dec 26 Tuesday Jan 14
2019 Dec 25 Tuesday Jan 13
2020 Dec 24 Tuesday Jan 12

Hatsu 2017 (Dec 26 -> Jan 08) had the only regular "13 days before" release during all these years. Doesn't seem to be any real pattern to it except that Fridays-Sundays are obviously being avoided.


Natsu basho

Year Banzuke Shonichi
2001 Apr 25 Wednesday May 13
2002 Apr 24 Wednesday May 12
2003 Apr 23 Wednesday May 11
 
2007 Apr 25 Wednesday May 13
2008 Apr 24 Thursday May 11
 
2013 Apr 25 Thursday May 12
2014 Apr 24 Thursday May 11
 
2019 Apr 30 Tuesday May 12

Early releases largely due to Golden Week, although they seem have ceased this practice now: This year's Natsu basho started on May 14 and the banzuke release was regularly scheduled for May 1. The 2018 Natsu banzuke was actually scheduled for such an early Apr 26 (Thursday) release when the 2018 calendar was originally published (similar to the previous cases when the tournament started on the 13th), but that has since been changed to the regular date Apr 30. And then in 2019 they're actually planning to release a day late (only 12 days before shonichi), likely because Monday Apr 29 coincides with Shōwa Day.

Some additional notes: 2013 saw multiple adjustments. The basho was originally scheduled to start on May 05, with the banzuke to be released Apr 22 on the standard Monday. The tournament was eventually rescheduled to start on May 12 and the banzuke day set for Apr 29, but presumably also due to Shōwa Day this was then changed to Apr 25 as listed in the table. (So they've learned from that for 2019, although it's not going to be an early release now.) In addition, the original calendar for 2015 had a scheduled banzuke day of Thursday Apr 23, continuing the pattern from 2013/14, but then they seemingly realized that there was no need for it when the basho already starts on May 10, and it was changed to the regular Apr 27.


Two further cases to complete the list:

The Nagoya 2010 banzuke saw an emergency delay by a week (thread) and was only released six days before shonichi; the reason was the at the time ongoing investigation into the rikishi gambling scandal. And the May 2011 not-a-honbasho following the yaocho scandal saw no official banzuke release at all, just an informal ranking announcement. (The originally scheduled banzuke day was on the standard date, though.)

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On 12/21/2017 at 22:15, Asashosakari said:

And then in 2019 they're actually planning to release a day late (only 12 days before shonichi), likely because Monday Apr 29 coincides with Shōwa Day.

I wonder if this is going to get moved again, considering April 30 now coincides with the Emperor's abdication. Perhaps not the kind of event with which you want to compete for public attention...

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