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Sumō Champion Harumafuji Assaults Junior Wrestler (News)

Dazaifu, Fukuoka Pref., Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Yokozuna sumō grand champion Harumafuji has assaulted a junior wrestler, it was learned Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at a sumō wrestlers' residence in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Harumafuji expressed his apology over the incident. The 33-year-old yokozuna then submitted a notification that he will drop out of the Kyūshū Gran…

Hakuhō Equals Kaiō’s Record 1,047 Career Wins (News)

Nagoya, July 20 (Jiji Press)—Yokozuna sumō grand champion Hakuhō on Thursday picked up the 1,047th win in his professional career in the Japanese national sport, equaling former ōzeki champion Kaiō’s record victories. Hakuhō holds a board to mark his 1,047th win on July 20, 2017. Kaiō appears on the left. (© Jiji) “I felt very focused in the ring today,” Hakuhō, 32, said after the day’s bou…

Bawling Babies Battle in “Crying Sumō” Festival (Japan in Photos)

Babies take part in a nakizumō or “crying sumō” festival in the Tomioka Hachimangū shrine in Yokohama on July 17, 2017. Around 60 tiny combatants participated in the event, which entreated for their healthy growth through the full-lunged bawling of the junior athletes. Each was given a rikishi name and wore a paper helmet and decorative mawashi loincloth. (© Jiji)

From One Record Holder to Another (Japan in Photos)

Japanese shōgi prodigy Fujii Sōta (right) and yokozuna Hakuhō lock hands at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya on July 12, 2017. Fujii, a native of nearby Seto, met with Hakuhō during the Nagoya Tournament and gave the grand champion a folding fan printed with the phrase shinshi o tassu (achieve your goals). Hakuhō, who surpassed legendary yokozuna Taihō with his thirty-third tournament…

First Gold Star for Chinese Sumō Wrestler Sōkokurai (Japan in Photos)

Chinese rikishi Sōkokurai (right) defeats yokozuna Harumafuji in a bout on the third day of the spring tournament in Osaka on March 14, 2017. This kind of victory by a lower-ranked maegashira wrestler over a yokozuna is recorded as a kinboshi (gold star) and it is Sōkokurai’s first. The 33-year-old rikishi was absent from the ring for more than two years due to suspected involvement in match f…

Kisenosato Becomes First Japan-Born “Yokozuna” in 19 Years (News)

Japanese wrestler Kisenosato will be promoted to the top sumō rank of yokozuna on Wednesday January 25. Currently rated at the second ōzeki rank, he will become the first Japan-born rikishi raised to the top grade in almost two decades. A Japan Sumō Association panel unanimously supported the promotion of Kisenosato at a meeting held on January 23 at Ryōgoku Sumō Hall in Tokyo. The move will be…

Notable Deaths in 2016

Remembering major Japanese figures who passed away in 2016, including sumō star Chiyonofuji, theater director Ninagawa Yukio, and Takahito, Prince Mikasa.

Timeline for July 2016

The House of Councillors election is held, Emperor Akihito reportedly expresses a wish to abdicate, and cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go is launched in Japan. These are the leading news stories of July 2016.


The sport of sumō is a symbol of Japan and has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. It stills retains an air of tradition, and attracts droves of fans to the six annual professional tournaments.

Hakuhō Rewrites Record Books as Foreign Wrestlers Tighten Grip on Sumō World

With victory at the New Year Tournament in January 2015, Hakuhō reached a total of 33 career sumō championships to take sole possession of the all-time record for tournament wins. The Mongolian wrestler moved ahead of the great yokozuna Taihō, who secured his thirty-second and final championship in 1971. A full house of spectators at the Ryōgoku Sumō Hall in Tokyo greeted Hakuhō’s accomplishment w…

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