Takanohana Oyakata suffers further demotion.

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  1. Swami

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    Takanohana demoted again as Japan's sumo woes continue
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    Published: 29 March 2018
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    Sumo elder Takanohana, who was faulted for his absence from the most recent Spring Grand Sumo Tournament and lack of supervision of the wrester from his stable, was handed a two-rank demotion by the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday.

    With the longstanding friction between Takanohana and the governing body still an existing issue, the JSA faces fears of sumo's popularity suffering again after reports of scandals and criticism that they have failed to address violence outside the ring.

    On Thursday, the JSA board meeting convened to decide Takanohana's punishment at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, a day after he apologized for his behavior at an extraordinary meeting for "toshiyori" sumo elders.

    He was demoted two ranks within the JSA's hierarchy to the lowest of the seven ranks, making it a total of five rank demotions he has suffered since January.

    Takanohana, who failed to regain a director seat on the JSA board in February's election, will not be eligible to join board meetings at his new rank.

    Earlier this month, it was revealed the 45-year-old stablemaster submitted a letter to the Cabinet Office's public certification committee over the JSA's handling of the assault scandal involving former grand champion Harumafuji and victim Takanoiwa, a wrestler in his stable.

    Takanohana opted not to show up at the tournament venue for two straight days, then later explained on his stable's official website he has acceptable reasons for his behavior.

    Takayoshitoshi, a 20-year-old wrestler from the Takanohana stable, allegedly hit his attendant in the dressing room during the spring meet in Osaka. Once Takayoshitoshi's scandal surfaced, Takanohana withdrew his complaint against the JSA and said he is willing to "start over from zero."

    Meanwhile, Takayoshitoshi was given a one-tournament ban. The juryo-division wrestler was forced to pull out of the spring meet a day after revelation of the assault.

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  2. Michelle Stevens

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    This has been a busy year for the JSA. Do you think that the popularity of sumo is in decline over the years you've been following it?
     
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    It had improved in terms of popularity especially when Kisenosato was promoted to yokozuna. After that, last year proved very difficult with all sorts of scandals.

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    Was the popularity increase with Kisenosato due to him being Japanese while the other yokozunas were Mongolian? I do remember seeing many news articles about Kisenosato when he got his yokozuna promotion and he being the first Japanese to get that rank in many years.
     
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    Definitely, bear in mind he was the first Japanese rikishi to be promoted to yokozuna since 1998 and had a few near-misses along the way.

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