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Dec 1, 2013

Sumo wrestler gets fan club in Egypt

A fan club for Osunaarashi, the first sumo wrestler from the Middle East and African region to make the makuuchi top division, has been established in his home country of Egypt. At an event held at the Japanese Embassy in Cairo on Thursday, the ...

Japan to protest Fukushima-Olympics cartoons in French weekly

Sep 12, 2013

Japan to protest Fukushima-Olympics cartoons in French weekly

Japan plans to complain to the French satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine after it published cartoons poking fun at Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. One cartoon published in the Sept. 11 edition of the paper shows ...

A big day out at the sumo

| Aug 20, 2013

A big day out at the sumo

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They’re sweaty, they’re chubby and they love pushing each other around. But enough about the folks at my family reunion, let’s talk about sumo. This quintessentially Japanese sport is a lot of fun to witness with kids, and the Ryogoku neighborhood surrounding Tokyo’s Kokugikan ...

Feb 26, 2013

Harumafuji takes over top ranking

With the Japan Sumo Association’s release of the new rankings on Monday, yokozuna Harumafuji finally finds himself at sumo’s true summit after his promotion to the prestigious east position. The 28-year-old Harumafuji, who won his fifth career title at the New Year basho in ...

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents

Feb 19, 2013

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents

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Yokozuna Harumafuji on Monday condemned the recent incidents of corporal punishment that have shocked Japanese society, but insisted parents must take responsibility for ensuring their children are able to stand up for themselves. In December, an Osaka high school student committed suicide after suffering ...