The “Sumo Association is the Second Johnny’s”: Hakuho’s Brother’s Criticism of the Kakukai Shaken by the Miyagino-Yakudan Riots | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The “Sumo Association is the Second Johnny’s”: Hakuho’s Brother’s Criticism of the Kakukai Shaken by the Miyagino-Yakudan Riots

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Asahiwasan responding to an interview with this magazine

The BBC, the British national broadcaster, has asked me to interview Hakuho in connection with his demotion. It seems that the BBC sees the closed-door nature of the Sumo Association as a second Johnny’s.”

The BBC seems to regard the closed Sumo Association as a second Johnny’s,” said Davar Batbayar, 51, a Mongolian politician and former kobozuna, Asahiwashiyama, who is also the president of the Mongolian Sumo Association, in an interview with this magazine. Asahiwashiyama made an emergency visit to Japan before the Grand Sumo Tournament’s Chishu-rak. He questioned the Sumo Association’s decision to demote him by two ranks, calling it “too harsh” in light of the responsibility of Miyagino, 39, the stablemaster of former yokozuna Hakuho, for a violent incident involving former makuuchi Hokushoho.

He said, “It is big news in Mongolia that his stable might be closed. However, the tone of the media is mostly questioning the content of the punishment, and I have received many critical comments from many people, such as, ‘Are they being punished too severely because they are from Mongolia? There have been masters in the past who have been punished for violence against their disciples, but some have ended up with only a fine. What is the difference? The Mongolian public is growing distrustful of the Sumo Association’s punishment.

About a week before the Osaka tournament began, Kyokushozan met Miyagino’s stablemaster in Ginza. At that time, the JSA was still investigating the incident of violence involving Hokushoho.

At first Hakuho said, ‘It will be all right’ because of the precedent (of disciplinary action for misconduct). Later, there was a big commotion and the Sumo Association gave him a severe punishment. I was also concerned, so I called Hakuho again. But even though it was such a big deal, he never complained. Like a man, he said, “I will do my best. He was bluffing to me, saying, ‘I have to do my best from scratch,’ but his voice was very thin and he was clearly depressed. He may have been a great yokozuna and a fine rikishi, but as a stablemaster, he had just taken office. He is still inexperienced. I think it is too harsh to say that he is disqualified as an oyakata.

Miyagino Oyakata was six years old when they first met. They worked together at a summer camp for Mongolian Sumo wrestlers. Miyagino Oyakata was able to become a rikishi in a foreign country like Japan because “Hakuho was thin and small at that time, and no stable wanted him. So I talked to the previous master, Miyagino Oyakata, and he managed to get him in.

I am not defending him because he is Hakuho’s older brother. Hima Tomishi, like Hakuho, called him to Japan and was very close to him, but he told the media many times that Hima Tomishi was to blame when the assault on Kinoiwa took place. In Hakuho’s case, it was his disciple’s problem and the punishment was clearly heavier than the previous scandals involving the stablemasters. I voiced my opinion because I saw that Hakuho would eventually become a threat to the Sumo Association and that there were moves to “eliminate” him, just as there were moves to “eliminate” Takanohana. The Sumo Association continues to favor only those who are close to the President of the Board of Directors.

Indeed, it appears that those in the association who are close to Chancellor Hakkaku have been punished leniently. The number two official in the association, Mutsu Oyakata, had his remuneration reduced even when a rikishi in his stable was involved in a cover-up of violence. Kasugano Oyakata, the number three rikishi in the association, who was involved in a cover-up of violence and in the midst of allegations of eight hundred yakuza, received only a minor punishment.

He has been consistently critical of the Sumo Association’s bullying of Hakuho.

Takanohana had to leave sumo because of a conflict with the Sumo Association. Takanohana is at odds with the Sumo Association and left the sport. They probably want him to return to Mongolia, but he will never leave the sport. Takanohana has lived a life without any inconvenience since he was a small child, so he would have no trouble making a living even without sumo.

But when Hakuho was a child, Mongolia is a socialist country. Even though his father was a hero and a medalist, his family lived in poverty. They did not even have a refrigerator, and they could not even drink enough juice. Hakuho rose from poverty to become a yokozuna. That is why he never makes any complaints. The current Sumo Association is like the old Mongolia. It is an organization like the dictatorship of North Korea. Even so, he will not be defeated. In fact, none of the sponsors have left the association even after the riot. They all believe in Hakuho.

Kyokushuzan himself was a man who, during his active career, challenged the old customs that the association considered common practice. When he bought a luxury foreign car, he was criticized for not being flashy, and when he enrolled in a correspondence course at Waseda University to improve his education, he was implicitly advised to leave the school, saying, “All you have to do is sumo.

The world of the Sumo Association is one in which only one’s interpretation is correct,” he said. The association is in close contact with the Mongolian embassy to challenge Hakuho’s punishment. However, Hakuho is now Japanese because he became a naturalized citizen. The embassy responded that they were not in a position to protest easily. But it is also true that some Mongolian citizens think that he is being excluded because he is from Mongolia.

On April 1, it was announced that Miyagino Oyakata would become the stablemaster of the Isekehama stable following the closure of the Miyagino stable. The true value of the “empire” that the Sumo Association has become is now being questioned.

  • Interview and text by Kei Kato

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