Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
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Women first aiders told to get out of sumo ring

Women first aiders told to get out of sumo ring

Within seconds, medics rushed onto the stage to help him, but an announcement soon sounded around the arena ordering the female attendants to leave the ring. It is the latest case clearly illustrating the challenges that women face in achieving equality in Japan. Some of the spectators also reportedly criticized the women for entering the dohyo. Her employer had drawn up a schedule based on seniority, which stipulated that the she could only have a baby when she turned 35. "Deep down, they exposed their discrimination and hatred against women", wrote another Japanese Twitter user.

However, this is not the first time for such an incident to take place.

A female mayor in western Japan has protested sumo's male-only tradition in a speech she was forced to make outside of the ring - unlike her male counterparts who were allowed to go inside. Officials went to help the mayor, Ryozo Tatami who was having difficulties.

Sumo wrestling journalist Taro Arai said, "I think it is all right for women to get on the ring when there is a reason to do so". Women are forbidden from entering the ring as tradition dictates it could affect its purity.

"I am deeply sorry", JSA chief Nobuyoshi Hakkaku said in a statement. "One day, we might have a female prime minister", Nakagawa said.

Tatami was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage and underwent surgery but is in stable condition, according to The Japan Times. "It's just because I'm a woman", Nakagawa said in a speech from outside the ring, according to Kyodo News. "Isn't life more important?" The unnamed woman, who works at the centre in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, had been scolded for "selfishly breaking the rules".

"How were you all born?"


Last month, two junior wrestlers claimed to have been physically abused by senior competitors, one incident included Juryo-division wrestler Takayoshitoshi repeatedly hitting a junior competitor, for which he later apologized.

In 1990, then Chief Cabinet Secretary Mayumi Moriyama asked the association to allow her to hand the Prime Minister's trophy to the victor of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at a ceremony on the final day.

Schieder hoped that the incident would serve as a catalyst for change.

The sumo world has been faced with a string of scandals in recent months.

Former yokozuna - the highest rank in the sport - Harumafuji, 33, retired in December over the alleged assault of a junior wrestler.

In February, Japanese police said they had referred a sumo wrestler to prosecutors on suspicion of indecent assault and last month Egyptian wrestler Osunaarashi was asked to retire after being involved in a auto accident while driving without a license.

Mongolians have come to dominate the sport, along with Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

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