In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, then Mongolian sumo grand champion Harumafuji, left, pushes opponent Takanoiwa out of the ring to win their bout at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. (Kyodo News via AP)
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The most damage inflicted in sumo in recent times has been to the image of Japan's tradition-steeped national sport.An alcohol-fueled restaurant brawl that left a Mongolian wrestler with a fractured skull and a sexual assault scandal involving the sport's highest-ranked referee have rocked the sport in recent months. Those episodes followed a match-fixing investigation in 2011 and the death of a teenage wrestler in training in 2007 that have tainted sumo over the last decade.In the wake of the scandal, though, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko didn't attend January's New Year tournament for the first time in four years.The recent incidents are just the latest scandals to rock the sumo world.
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