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Wajima passes.

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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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4 hours ago, apraxin said:

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

The NHK local news page has a video: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/kanazawa/20181009/3020000017.html

ANN

Yahoo TV news pages with videos

TBS: "Yesterday he passed at home in his house" https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20181009-00000034-jnn-soci

FNN https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/fnn?a=20181009-00402724-fnn-soci

NNN https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/nnn?a=20181009-00000028-nnn-soci

 

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Very sad news.   When I was a kid He was the king of sumo.  This poster was on my wall back then:  ( Not a great pic, but it has been folded away for 40+ years now)

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The later wide shows have Wajima

Goody has 25min at 2:30h JST - Ishinriki as guest

Miyaneya starts with it and has more at 3:30h JST

the others should report it  tomorrow

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Evening news containing mostly summaries of Rinkojidai  Wajima•Kitanoumi era

 

 

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Wajima passed away at 20:00h JST on the 8th at his house in Setagaya ward, Tokyo. His family told that the cause of death was the weakness due to throat (laryngeal) and lung cancer. His wife will be the chief mourner at the funeral services, for which no dates are fixed yet. http://rd.kyodo-d.info/np/2018100901002448?c=39546741839462401

earlier English Kyodo news page http://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/10/2d3f6caa6989-sumo-ex-grand-champion-wajima-dies-at-70.html

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13 hours ago, Washuyama said:

Very sad news.   When I was a kid He was the king of sumo.

It seems as though the Sumo heroes of my youth are gone. Wajima, Kitanoumi, Takanohana, Kaiketsu. So many others. Only Takamiyama survives. Jesse!

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Any word on Wakanohana II and Mienoumi?  Obviously Masuiyama II remains fairly active.

 

Swami

 

 

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1 hour ago, Swami said:

Any word on Wakanohana II and Mienoumi?

Ex-Mienoumi is still the director of the sumo museum and was interviewed as he came to work yesterday. They last met 2 years ago during the Nagoya-basho, Wajima couldn't talk anymore, but: "He walked just like normal and was fit." https://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20181010/sum18101005030005-n1.html

Last thing I saw of Wakanohana II is that he is still confined to a wheelchair

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The funeral of Wajima will be on the 15th 10h JST at the Aoyama funeral hall. http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2018101000555&g=obt

The present kensho system of handing only 30 000 Yen of the money to the rikishi at once and keeping about half of it for taxes etc. was introduced because of Wajima: he used all his money on the spot and couldn't pay his taxes the next year - the NSK had to pay 8 million yen for him in advance. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2018/10/09/kiji/20181009s00005000162000c.html

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On 10/10/2018 at 13:44, Akinomaki said:

The funeral of Wajima will be on the 15th 10h JST at the Aoyama funeral hall.

Today was Wajima's wake - about 500 attended, main from the NSK PR top Shibatayama http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2018101400401&g=spo

20181014s00041000273000p_thum.jpgo

NHK news page with video http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181014/k10011671391000.html

Today he was also remembered at the Kanazawa jungyo in Wajima's home prefecture Ishikawa: it had a memorial corner for Wajima

Kagayaki watches

20181014s00005000269000p_thum.jpgo

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Today about 300 attended the funeral service for Wajima, Hakkaku rijicho was the main representative for the NSK

20181015s00005000163000p_thum.jpgo 20181015s00005000160000p_thum.jpgo

Most wide shows are full of it and the tsuya yesterday

news videos

Kyodo (tsuya) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hIpgWyMjxA

local NHK https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/kanazawa/20181015/3020000072.html

NNN http://www.news24.jp/articles/2018/10/15/07406738.html

with the song for Wajima by Demon

FNN https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/fnn?a=20181015-00403194-fnn-soci

TBS https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20181015-00000018-jnn-soci

Nsta from the 9th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQtVn7ivZyA

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17 minutes ago, itchyknee said:

My condolences.

Who/what is the guy in the costume?

That is "Demon-kakka", a metal band leader who is also a great and very knowledgeable sumo enthusiast and sometime commentator. I don't think he ever appears in public out of character, so yes, he's quite a sight in the commentary booth.

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