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Japan's decade-long wait for sumo champion ends with Kotoshogiku

Kotoshogiku with his Emperor's Cup trophy, following his victory in the New Year Grand Sumo tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. There are five more tournaments this year, and a nation of sumo fans will be hoping Kotoshogiku is not a one-hit wonder.

Kotoshogiku throwing down his opponent Goeido in his final bout to finish with a 14-1 record, to win the first top-level sumo wrestling tournament of the year.


IN Tokyo last weekend, sumo wrestler Kotoshogiku won the first of the year's six top-level tournaments. The result was big news because of his nationality: Japanese.

Since the 1990s, foreigners have come to dominate the top level of sumo, Japan's national sport. Though there...