Gaijin (foreign) sumo wrestlers help Japanese tradition to March on: A case study of foreigners in a Japanese labor market

Takanobu Nakajima, Kazuhiro Harakawa

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Abstract

The New Year sumo tournament of 2003 came to an end with Mongolian-born Ozeki Asashoryu winning the Makuuchi championship. His splendid record of fourteen wins and only one loss in the tournament assured his becoming a Yokozuna, the highest rank in the world of the Grand Sumo. The brilliant achievement by Asashoryu also underscored a rare event that happened for the first time in sumo history. Believe it or not, except for the Jonidan division, one of the lower rank divisions in sumo, all division champions in this tournament were ‘gaijin sumo wrestlers’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging Japanese Business, Economy and Society: Globalization of Post-Bubble Japan
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages144-157
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780230524040
ISBN (Print)9781403941343
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Nakajima, T., & Harakawa, K. (2004). Gaijin (foreign) sumo wrestlers help Japanese tradition to March on: A case study of foreigners in a Japanese labor market. In Changing Japanese Business, Economy and Society: Globalization of Post-Bubble Japan (pp. 144-157). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230524040_7