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Trump could learn something from sumo wrestlers

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President Trump watched a sumo competition while visiting Japan, and — who knew? — he seemed to enjoy seeing corpulent men applauded for shoving others off the stage with brute force.

From his seat, beside the Japanese prime minister, it must have looked as if sumo, with its throwing, tripping and slapping, is a no-holds-barred endeavor, much like the Trump presidency.

But this is unfair to sumo. Sumo has a strict code of rules, in which the champion employs one of 82 kimarite, or winning moves. Use of illegal moves (kinjite) such as grabbing an opponent’s topknot or groin, or striking with a closed fist, brings disgrace on the fighter and, at the top level, national scandal.

To teach young wrestlers to avoid kinjite, the Japanese hold shokkiri – staged sumo matches in which the contestants poke eyes, pull hair, give wedgies and perform other fouls, all to comic effect.

Shokkiri, with its big, misbehaving men, is a bit like American professional wrestling. And it’s a whole lot like Trump’s trip to Japan: A series of fouls, deliberately performed.

Pulling by the topknot: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaimed that “North Korea launched short-range ballistic missiles” in defiance of the U.N. Security Council. But Trump, with Abe at his side, falsely proclaimed, “there have been no ballistic missiles going out,” and said he’s “very happy........

© Washington Post