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For John Gunning's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

Sumo Mar 19, 2020

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

One of the strongest sumo high schools in Japan is Tottori Johoku. Located in western Japan, Johoku has been churning out professional talent over the past last few years, and is the alma mater of ozeki pair Terunofuji and Kotomitsuki, as well as top-division wrestlers ...

Akinoshima had decorated career as part of sumo's dominant stable

Sumo Mar 18, 2020

Akinoshima had decorated career as part of sumo's dominant stable

Yesterday's Rikishi File was a profile of Kotonishiki — a former sekiwake who is second all-time in the number of special prizes won, with 18. The man who sits atop that particular list was one of Kotonishiki's great rivals, Akinoshima. A native of Hiroshima, Akinoshima's combined ...

Oshio's career in ring had longevity, but limited success

Sumo Mar 16, 2020

Oshio's career in ring had longevity, but limited success

Without checking, do you know who has fought the most bouts in professional sumo history? Hakuho has the most wins (by some distance) but the yokozuna has stepped into the ring over 500 times fewer than former komusubi Oshio. Even if Hakuho continued fighting for another ...