Sumo plagued by violence, harassment in 2018

Sumo Dec 25, 2018

Sumo plagued by violence, harassment in 2018

The violence and scandals that have plagued Japan's sumo world came full circle just after the year's sixth and final tournament, leaving maiden victories by the sport's young up-and-comers in the shadows. Revelations of violence, harassment and antiquated traditions dogged the country's once-venerable sport in ...

Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa assaults attendant

Sumo Dec 5, 2018

Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa assaults attendant

The Japan Sumo Association said Wednesday that rank-and-file wrestler Takanoiwa, whose beating by former yokozuna Harumafuji caused a scandal last year, assaulted an attendant of his stable during the ongoing regional tour. Just two months after the sport's governing body issued a "declaration to eradicate ...

Takanoiwa drops lawsuit against ex-yokozuna Harumafuji over assault

Sumo Oct 30, 2018

Takanoiwa drops lawsuit against ex-yokozuna Harumafuji over assault

Wrestler Takanoiwa on Tuesday dropped a damages suit filed against former yokozuna Harumafuji for an assault last year, saying his family in Mongolia has been subject to abuse over the legal action. In the civil suit filed earlier this month, Takanoiwa sought ¥24 million ($213,000) ...

Kyushu Basho an underrated gem for fans

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 17, 2018

Kyushu Basho an underrated gem for fans

by John Gunning

Sumo's Autumn Regional Tour has reached Kansai and will continue winding its way westward until it arrives in Yamaguchi prefecture at the end of the month. From there it's just a short hop across the Kanmon Straits to Fukuoka, where the November Grand Sumo Tournament ...

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

National / Crime & Legal Oct 4, 2018

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking ¥24 million ($210,000) in damages from Harumafuji, claiming the former yokozuna's assault last year forced him to miss matches due to injuries and caused him financial loss. Harumafuji faced a summary indictment in December for assaulting the ...

Takanohana steps down from JSA

Sumo Sep 25, 2018

Takanohana steps down from JSA

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The Japan Sumo Association attempted to force stablemaster Takanohana to admit that the accusations he filed to the Cabinet Office in March were false. Instead, the former yokozuna who won 22 Emperor's Cups in his illustrious career opted to retire from professional sumo. Takanohana submitted his ...

Sumo 101: Hobbies

Sumo Sep 23, 2018

Sumo 101: Hobbies

by John Gunning

All sumo wrestlers get a week off starting the day after a tournament ends. Most head back to their hometowns for some much needed rest and relaxation. Some just continue to work out and lift weights daily. A few spend most of the time either sleeping or ...

Former yokozuna Harumafuji's retirement ceremony set for September

Sumo May 15, 2018

Former yokozuna Harumafuji's retirement ceremony set for September

Yokozuna Harumafuji, who has quit as a result of a scandal in which he allegedly attacked a lower-ranked wrestler, will have a retirement ceremony this fall, according to his former stablemaster Isegahama. Isegahama said the traditional top-knotting ceremony, held to honor top wrestlers who retire ...

Takanoiwa takes first steps toward return

Sumo Mar 1, 2018

Takanoiwa takes first steps toward return

Takanoiwa, the wrestler who was injured in a beating by former yokozuna Harumafuji last fall, took part in training Thursday and appeared ready to let fate determine his participation in the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In his first public appearance since the scandal that ...

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

Sumo 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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 ...