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For sports journalists based in Japan’s capital, no reminders are needed to know the last of the three annual non-Tokyo tournaments is just around the corner.

The decamping of the Japan Sumo Association to Fukuoka and its surroundings is lock, stock and barrel, meaning that if you want to watch training or talk face to face with a rikishi, you’ll need to fly to Kyushu from the middle of October onward.

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