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Mark Buckton

Mark Buckton has covered sumo for The Japan Times Online since 2006 and has long worked with broadcast media such as the BBC and CNN when things go awry in the sport. He has contributed to six books on Japanese culture, and is a columnist at entertainment magazine Eye-Ai.

For Mark Buckton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

White has Guam on move in 2018 qualifying

Jun 18, 2015

White has Guam on move in 2018 qualifying

For a man who grew up on a council estate in Southampton, England, Gary White has come a long, long way. The current national team manager of Guam’s soccer team is making headlines around the soccer world for all the right reasons. The past ...

Terunofuji could be sumo's next yokozuna

| May 27, 2015

Terunofuji could be sumo's next yokozuna

On the back of his first ever Emperor’s Cup victory on Sunday, Wednesday morning saw sekiwake Terunofuji promoted to sumo’s second rank of ozeki. Aged just 23, and in just his 25th career tournament to date he is the first sekitori born in the ...

| Mar 26, 2015

Hakuho showing no signs of letting up

When Hakuho won his 33rd Emperor’s Cup in January, he was widely acknowledged as the greatest ever grand champion in the history of the sport. At the time, he moved past Taiho into first place on the all time leaders, in the process equalling ...

In praise of Hakuho, from those in the know

| Jan 27, 2015

In praise of Hakuho, from those in the know

In the days since yokozuna grand champion Hakuho pushed ozeki Kisenosato from the ring on Day 13 of the Hatsu Basho at Ryogoku’s Kokugikan to claim his 33rd Emperor’s Cup, the man from Mongolia has been featured in media around the globe. As is ...