New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

Feb 8, 2018

New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

In response to successive scandals involving physical violence, the Japan Sumo Association announced Thursday that a third-party committee has convened and will question every member of the JSA. "Our goal is the preservation of sumo," committee chairman Keiichi Tadaki, a former prosecutor general, told a ...

Fans flock to basho despite recent scandals

/ Jan 15, 2018

Fans flock to basho despite recent scandals

Fans attending the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament expressed their displeasure with the sport's recent scandals despite snapping up the last available tickets on Sunday. A line for the opening day's available tickets began forming at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan early in ...

Sumo looks for new promise in wake of scandals

Jan 13, 2018

Sumo looks for new promise in wake of scandals

Sumo kicks off its new year on Sunday, with hopes that a stellar New Year Grand Sumo Tournament will help put the ancient sport back on proper footing after two months of turmoil. The 15-day event offers the chance for a new start following a ...

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

/ | Jan 6, 2018

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

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Four topics dominated Japan's non-Twitter news cycle for the last quarter of 2017. Two involved sports: the signing of 23-year-old baseball superstar Shohei Otani to play for the Los Angeles Angels of the American League; and the resignation of sumo grand champion Harumafuji after ...

Ex-JSA director Isegahama eyes re-election as board member

Jan 1, 2018

Ex-JSA director Isegahama eyes re-election as board member

Sumo elder Isegahama, who gave up his seat on the Japan Sumo Association's board of directors after an assault scandal involving a wrestler from his stable, is leaning toward running in February's board election, a JSA source said Sunday. Isegahama voluntarily accepted a two-rank demotion ...

The top sports stories of 2017

Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...

Hakuho poised to tie another record at New Year tourney

Dec 26, 2017

Hakuho poised to tie another record at New Year tourney

Yokozuna Hakuho will take the next step in his career achievement calendar next month when he steps into the ring to start the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 14. As king of the mountain in the latest rankings as announced by the Japan ...