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In the sumo ring

Sumo wrestlers compete during the "Honozumo" ceremonial sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 3, 2015. Japanese sumo fans cheer for the sport's top fighters at an annual Honozumo ceremonial tournament, but many say they yearn for a Japanese star to wrestle the championship from foreign-born fighters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers compete during the "Honozumo" ceremonial sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 3, 2015. Japanese sumo fans cheer for the sport's top fighters at an annual Honozumo ceremonial tournament, but many say they yearn for a...more

Sumo wrestlers compete during the "Honozumo" ceremonial sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 3, 2015. Japanese sumo fans cheer for the sport's top fighters at an annual Honozumo ceremonial tournament, but many say they yearn for a Japanese star to wrestle the championship from foreign-born fighters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers pray before the start of the tournament. The shouts of "Harumafuji" and "Hakuho", the wrestlers names, rang through the outdoor arena as the two giants dressed in nothing but the traditional loincloth prepared for their clash, the highlight of an annual ceremonial tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers pray before the start of the tournament. The shouts of "Harumafuji" and "Hakuho", the wrestlers names, rang through the outdoor arena as the two giants dressed in nothing but the traditional loincloth prepared for their clash, the...more

Sumo wrestlers pray before the start of the tournament. The shouts of "Harumafuji" and "Hakuho", the wrestlers names, rang through the outdoor arena as the two giants dressed in nothing but the traditional loincloth prepared for their clash, the highlight of an annual ceremonial tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A sumo wrestler wears a mawashi loincloth during a warm-up bout. Despite their Japanese names, the two wrestlers who are household names in Japan were both born in Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler wears a mawashi loincloth during a warm-up bout. Despite their Japanese names, the two wrestlers who are household names in Japan were both born in Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler wears a mawashi loincloth during a warm-up bout. Despite their Japanese names, the two wrestlers who are household names in Japan were both born in Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A sumo wrestler carries a baby before the tournament. Hakuho Sho became a legend in the sport earlier this year when he wrestled his way into his 33rd championship, the most in sumo's recorded history. His opponent on Friday, Harumafuji Kohei, is one of the four Mongolians attaining the rank of grand champion, yokozuna. There are only 71 yokozunas in the history of professional sumo wrestling, according to the official website of the Japan Sumo Association. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler carries a baby before the tournament. Hakuho Sho became a legend in the sport earlier this year when he wrestled his way into his 33rd championship, the most in sumo's recorded history. His opponent on Friday, Harumafuji Kohei, is one...more

A sumo wrestler carries a baby before the tournament. Hakuho Sho became a legend in the sport earlier this year when he wrestled his way into his 33rd championship, the most in sumo's recorded history. His opponent on Friday, Harumafuji Kohei, is one of the four Mongolians attaining the rank of grand champion, yokozuna. There are only 71 yokozunas in the history of professional sumo wrestling, according to the official website of the Japan Sumo Association. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight. The number of foreign-born wrestlers, especially in the top classes, has risen in recent years as fewer Japanese are attracted to the sport and its harsh conditions, including tough training and being forced to live a communal lifestyle with little privacy. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight. The number of foreign-born wrestlers, especially in the top classes, has risen in recent years as fewer Japanese are attracted to the sport and its harsh conditions, including tough training and being forced to...more

Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight. The number of foreign-born wrestlers, especially in the top classes, has risen in recent years as fewer Japanese are attracted to the sport and its harsh conditions, including tough training and being forced to live a communal lifestyle with little privacy. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Children watch sumo wrestlers warm up. While Japanese fans say they admire the foreign-born fighters, many acquiring Japanese names and speaking the language, they would like to see an end to the domination. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Children watch sumo wrestlers warm up. While Japanese fans say they admire the foreign-born fighters, many acquiring Japanese names and speaking the language, they would like to see an end to the domination. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Children watch sumo wrestlers warm up. While Japanese fans say they admire the foreign-born fighters, many acquiring Japanese names and speaking the language, they would like to see an end to the domination. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers compete during the tournament. "There are too many Mongolians, the next expected grand champion sumo wrestler are first Terunofuji (Haruo), and Ichinojo (Takashi) - all the grand champions may be all Mongolian soon. I really hope Japanese do better as it'd be sad if they were all Mongolians. That said they are really good," said spectator and 39-year-old dance instructor, Izumi Kondo. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers compete during the tournament. "There are too many Mongolians, the next expected grand champion sumo wrestler are first Terunofuji (Haruo), and Ichinojo (Takashi) - all the grand champions may be all Mongolian soon. I really hope...more

Sumo wrestlers compete during the tournament. "There are too many Mongolians, the next expected grand champion sumo wrestler are first Terunofuji (Haruo), and Ichinojo (Takashi) - all the grand champions may be all Mongolian soon. I really hope Japanese do better as it'd be sad if they were all Mongolians. That said they are really good," said spectator and 39-year-old dance instructor, Izumi Kondo. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A sumo wrestler performs a ritual stomping movement before a bout. In recent years the sport has seen a streak of champions from Mongolia, Estonia and Bulgaria. The Japan Sumo Association currently lists 25 wrestlers from Mongolia in its list of roughly 600 professional fighters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler performs a ritual stomping movement before a bout. In recent years the sport has seen a streak of champions from Mongolia, Estonia and Bulgaria. The Japan Sumo Association currently lists 25 wrestlers from Mongolia in its list of...more

A sumo wrestler performs a ritual stomping movement before a bout. In recent years the sport has seen a streak of champions from Mongolia, Estonia and Bulgaria. The Japan Sumo Association currently lists 25 wrestlers from Mongolia in its list of roughly 600 professional fighters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A supporter holds the Japanese and Mongolian national flags during the tournament. "It's great that it's international now. But I am Japanese so I want to see a Japanese grand champion sumo wrestler. We haven't had one for years," said 71-year-old construction worker Fumio Tamura. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A supporter holds the Japanese and Mongolian national flags during the tournament. "It's great that it's international now. But I am Japanese so I want to see a Japanese grand champion sumo wrestler. We haven't had one for years," said 71-year-old...more

A supporter holds the Japanese and Mongolian national flags during the tournament. "It's great that it's international now. But I am Japanese so I want to see a Japanese grand champion sumo wrestler. We haven't had one for years," said 71-year-old construction worker Fumio Tamura. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A sumo wrestler reacts after he was thrown out of the rink during a show fight. Sumo's history stretches back about 1,500 years with roots in a religious ritual conducted in Shinto shrines along with prayers for abundant harvests. The early sport was rougher than its modern version, involving boxing and wrestling elements. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler reacts after he was thrown out of the rink during a show fight. Sumo's history stretches back about 1,500 years with roots in a religious ritual conducted in Shinto shrines along with prayers for abundant harvests. The early sport was...more

A sumo wrestler reacts after he was thrown out of the rink during a show fight. Sumo's history stretches back about 1,500 years with roots in a religious ritual conducted in Shinto shrines along with prayers for abundant harvests. The early sport was rougher than its modern version, involving boxing and wrestling elements. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Hakuho prepares for a fight. Professional sumo groups began to appear in the early 17th century. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Hakuho prepares for a fight. Professional sumo groups began to appear in the early 17th century. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Hakuho prepares for a fight. Professional sumo groups began to appear in the early 17th century. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers line up after praying before the start of the tournament. Popularly regarded as Japan's national sport, victory is achieved when one wrestler either pushes his opponent out of the ring (dohyo), or topples him. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers line up after praying before the start of the tournament. Popularly regarded as Japan's national sport, victory is achieved when one wrestler either pushes his opponent out of the ring (dohyo), or topples him. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers line up after praying before the start of the tournament. Popularly regarded as Japan's national sport, victory is achieved when one wrestler either pushes his opponent out of the ring (dohyo), or topples him. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of the tournament. The sumo world is strictly hierarchical. Wrestlers belong to one of around 50 stables and salaries and status depend on their rank. Only those in the top five classes can marry and receive regular salaries -- for instance, a yokozuna makes 2.8 million yen ($34,000) per month. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of the tournament. The sumo world is strictly hierarchical. Wrestlers belong to one of around 50 stables and salaries and status depend on their rank. Only those in the top five classes can...more

Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of the tournament. The sumo world is strictly hierarchical. Wrestlers belong to one of around 50 stables and salaries and status depend on their rank. Only those in the top five classes can marry and receive regular salaries -- for instance, a yokozuna makes 2.8 million yen ($34,000) per month. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A sumo wrestler greets supporters before the start of the tournament. But the sport has also been hit by a series of scandals, including hazing and drug-abuse. Former yokozuna Asashoryu Akinori, the first Mongolian grand champion, quit in 2010 following accusations that he had broken a man's nose in a drunken brawl outside a Tokyo nightclub. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler greets supporters before the start of the tournament. But the sport has also been hit by a series of scandals, including hazing and drug-abuse. Former yokozuna Asashoryu Akinori, the first Mongolian grand champion, quit in 2010...more

A sumo wrestler greets supporters before the start of the tournament. But the sport has also been hit by a series of scandals, including hazing and drug-abuse. Former yokozuna Asashoryu Akinori, the first Mongolian grand champion, quit in 2010 following accusations that he had broken a man's nose in a drunken brawl outside a Tokyo nightclub. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People watch the tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People watch the tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People watch the tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A police officer contains supporters as they watch the arrival of sumo wrestlers. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A police officer contains supporters as they watch the arrival of sumo wrestlers. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A police officer contains supporters as they watch the arrival of sumo wrestlers. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers compete. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers compete. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers compete. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Sumo wrestlers watch fellow athletes compete during the warm-up bouts. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers watch fellow athletes compete during the warm-up bouts. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Sumo wrestlers watch fellow athletes compete during the warm-up bouts. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Egyptian-born sumo wrestler Osunaarashi Kintaro (R) competes with Yoshikaze Masatsugu. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Egyptian-born sumo wrestler Osunaarashi Kintaro (R) competes with Yoshikaze Masatsugu. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Egyptian-born sumo wrestler Osunaarashi Kintaro (R) competes with Yoshikaze Masatsugu. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A sumo wrestler enters the arena. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler enters the arena. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sumo wrestler enters the arena. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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