Japan Sumo Association

SUMO/ Legendary yokozuna Kitanoumi dies at 62
Kitanoumi performs the "dohyo-iri" ring-purification ceremony at Meiji Shrine in July 1974 after gaining promotion to yokozuna. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kitanoumi, one of the greatest yokozuna to ever step into the dohyo ring who went on to become chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, has died at age 62.
VOX POPULI: Hanaregoma, sumo's savior, dies at age 66
Flanked by high-ranking rikishi, stablemaster Hanaregoma, then chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, speaks at the start of the summer tournament on May 8, 2011, at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Of the three grand sumo tournaments held at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan every year, May's summer basho is the favorite of many sumo fans. One reason is that May is definitely one ...
SUMO/ Once-banned sumo wrestler seeking to prove his innocence on...
Makuuchi division sumo wrestler Sokokurai trains on April 11 at the Arashio stable in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Early on the morning of April 11, makuuchi division sumo wrestler Sokokurai was training diligently at the Arashio stable in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district for his comeback.
Sokokurai reinstated, will wrestle in Nagoya basho
Sokokurai meets with his Arashio stablemaster and others on April 3 at the end of a news conference in Tokyo. (Makiko Ikenaga)
One-time disgraced makuuchi division wrestler Sokokurai will be returning to the raised ring after the Japan Sumo Association overturned his 2011 banishment over alleged match...
SUMO/ Spring tourney will open under dark clouds
JSA Chairman Kitanoumi (The Asahi Shimbun)
After the shocking decision to cancel last year’s spring sumo tournament because of a bout-rigging scandal that saw 25 wrestlers and former wrestlers drummed out of the sport,...
SUMO/ Japan's sumo belly flops to $50 million debt
Japan's ancient sport of sumo rang up debts of almost $50 million in 2011 after a match-fixing scandal which triggered a television black-out and a government warning.
COMMENTARY/ Kitanoumi retakes reins of JSA at a tough time
Kitanoumi is reappointed as JSA chairman on Jan. 30. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Former yokozuna Kitanoumi, who resigned as chairman of the Japan Sumo Association three years ago to take responsibility for a drug possession charge against one of his...
SUMO/ JSA to acquire all coaching license 'stocks'
The Japan Sumo Association decided on Dec. 9 to purchase and manage all existing "toshiyori myoseki," or sumo coaching license shares, which until now have been traded and sold ...
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