2017: a year for sumo nostalgia

| Jan 28, 2017

2017: a year for sumo nostalgia

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On Jan. 22, 30-year-old ozeki (champion) Kisenosato (real name Yutaka Hagiwara) emerged victorious in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with an outstanding record of 14 wins and only one loss. His promotion to history’s 72nd yokozuna (grand champion) was confirmed by the Japan ...

The struggles of a local sumo hero

| Jun 4, 2016

The struggles of a local sumo hero

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An oft-repeated question these days, and one not necessarily confined to sports media, is whether 29-year-old wrestler Kisenosato will make it to sumo’s highest rank. Or is he destined to remain a perennial bridesmaid? Clearly at the peak of his career, the ozeki (champion) ...

Ex-coach of yokozuna Hakuho given suspended prison term

Mar 25, 2016

Ex-coach of yokozuna Hakuho given suspended prison term

The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a former sumo coach of grand sumo champion Hakuho to three years in prison, suspended for four years, for beating and injuring his private driver last year. Kazuyuki Yamamura, 46, a former head of the Miyagino stable, ...