February Issue Contents
Natsu Basho



Match-fixing mayhem
Chris Gould
Who allegedly fixes matches? And at what cost?
Match-fixing questionnaire
Chris Gould
Read the FIRST European-language translation of the JSA's match-fixing questionnaire
Is match-fixing new?
Chris Gould
A historical look at match-fixing developments in sumo
Hatsu Basho Review
Chris Gould
Retrospective questions need to be asked about some of January's matches!
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
Do the alleged match-fixers trade bouts with each other?
Spotlight on ...
Chris Gould
Olympic Ojisan:Meet sumo's most divisive fan!!
Menko Corner
Ryan Laughton
Is there anything about collecting Ryan doesn't know?
My first day at sumo
Eric Draven
New SFM writer Eric Draven talks about a first-time fan's impressions
A fan's perpective
Ayaka Matsuda
New SFM writer Ayaka writes from her own fan's perspective
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
Can Olivia possibly relate morphs to match-fixing?
Photo Bonanza
Chris Gould
Some of the last shots of wrestlers before they were implicated in the scandal
Readers' Letters
SFM helps the fans again
Coming soon
A brand new comedy cartoon strip: Grocer's Tales

Yaocho Special Issue

This issue focuses on the recent match-fixing scandal - Match-fixing mayhem examines how the sorry tale emerged, Is match-fixing new? looks at historic match-fixing claims and Match-fixing questionnaire reproduces the questionnaire issued to rikishi as part of the Sumo Association's investigation.

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
Scandals great and small
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Ones to Watch

Alexander Herrmann
Well, this column could actually read "Ones To Watch On Their Way Out Soon?" Of course, we no, everyone is talking about the yaocho scandal that has hit the Ozumo world recently. Bouts have obviously been thrown, and bout throwers in the second division have been careless enough to deliver proofs of their doings.    Read more...

Spotlight on ...

Chris Gould
In the first of a new series placing different aspects of sumo under the spotlight, we focus on Olympic Ojisan, an eccentric elderly fan who likes to be in front of the camera.

Menko corner

Ryan Laughton
1965 to 1973 was a rough time to be a trading card collector in Japan because production was almost zero. Menko cards had made a valiant production run from the 1930s until 1964 where millions of cards were mass produced with thousands of different themes. Then in almost a blink of an eye menko production stopped in 1964 ...    Read more...

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