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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:

Kotoshogiku faces uphill battle to maintain winning form

| Feb 25, 2016

Kotoshogiku faces uphill battle to maintain winning form

Every four years just before the Olympic Games begin, the Japanese broadcast, online and print media announce with the confidence bordering on arrogance just how many gold medals the nation’s athletes are “expected” to win. The figure is always given as the “minimum expected.” ...