April Issue Contents
Nagoya Basho
Mini Edition
Chris Gould
What did the special investigation committee into match-fixing conclude?
and sumo
Chris Gould
Can sumo help Japan recover from earthquakes?
Chris Gould
How does Mark Panek's new sumo text shape up?
Ryan Laughton
What expert advice is Ryan offering this time?
Olivia Nagioff
What is on the menu in this issue's Morph Corner
Chris Gould
Which wrestlers paid the price for match-fixing?
George Colona
A sumo fan urges the sumo association to keep a time-honored pledge
What does a Hawaiian fan think of the match-fixing investigation?

Earthquakes and sumo

Chris Gould
Sumo can inspire in times of earthquakes. Ask the Kansai folk who attended the 1995 Osaka Basho. Less than two months earlier, on that now fateful day of January 17th 1995, the Kansai region had been rocked by the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which claimed the lives of over 6000 people.    Read more...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
Who cooked whose goose?
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Yaocho update

Chris Gould
Named. Shamed. Disgraced. Such was the fate for 23 sumo wrestlers after the Special Investigative Committee into the Match-Fixing Scandal reported its findings on April 1st. The same sumo association which had ridiculed match-fixing allegations for centuries was now being forced to castigate 23 members for this very practice.    Read more...

Ticket reform

George Colona
In 1957, two years after George Colona moved to Japan, the Sumo Association promised to widen access to premium tickets in the wake of a ticket distribution scandal. Fifty four years on, Mr Colona is still waiting for any noticeable signs of change.     Read more...

Book Review

Chris Gould
Mark Panek's second book is certainly an epic: a bold attempt to explain a Hawaiian sumo wrestler's career in the complex context of adverse domestic circumstances and addiction to drugs. It is a novel approach to covering Japan's national sport, and for the most part makes the reader want to keep turning pages.    Read more...

Menko Corner

Ryan Laughton
The first known sumo set to be issued with candy is the 1959 Karuso Cookie Set which was issued with boxes of cookies. These were color cards printed on thin paper and meant to be collected and then redeemed for prizes or more cookies. Unfortunately, there are no names on the cards so some rikishi are almost impossible to identify.

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