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Did Japan’s fever for sumo put undue pressure on Kisenosato?

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Why is sumo a "national sport" of Japan, even though this designation is attributed neither to a known individual, nor to any law of the land?

To answer this question, nonfiction author Hidemine Takahashi surmises in "Osumo-san" (Sumo wrestler) that sumo appears to have become a national sport simply because tournaments are held at Kokugikan, which translates literally as "hall of national sport."

When the government was planning to build a permanent sumo arena during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), Shobukan was one of the names considered for this new facility. But the name that was ultimately chosen was Kokugikan, because the official notice of the arena's........

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