List of sumo elders

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This is a list of elders of the Japan Sumo Association (JSA). More accurately called "elder stock" or toshiyori kabu, these names are a finite number of licenses that can be passed on, and are strictly controlled by the JSA. They allow certain advantageous privileges and there are official criteria for whether or not a retiring wrestler can acquire one. In 1927, the number of licenses was set at 105. For more information see toshiyori.

This list is in approximate order of the current elders' rank in the organization. Members with borrowed kabu are always at the bottom of the hierarchy (aside from consultants) and are listed here with the name of the owner, if known. Elections to the Board of Directors are held every two years; the latest was in March 2022.

List of elders[edit]

Elder name Ring name Highest rank Stable Stablemaster? Position/Rank Date of birth Mandatory retirement date
Hakkaku Hokutoumi Nobuyoshi Yokozuna Hakkaku Yes Chairman (1963-06-22) June 22, 1963 (age 60) 2028
Shibatayama Ōnokuni Yasushi Yokozuna Shibatayama Yes Director (1962-10-09) October 9, 1962 (age 61) 2027
Sakaigawa Ryōgoku Kajinosuke IV Komusubi Sakaigawa Yes Director (1962-07-30) July 30, 1962 (age 61) 2027
Kasugano Tochinowaka Kiyotaka Sekiwake Kasugano Yes Director (1962-05-22) May 22, 1962 (age 61) 2027
Dewanoumi Oginohana Akikazu Maegashira 2 Dewanoumi Yes Director (1967-11-18) November 18, 1967 (age 56) 2032
Michinoku Kirishima Kazuhiro Ōzeki Michinoku Yes Director (1959-04-03) April 3, 1959 (age 64) 2024
Hanakago Daijuyama Tadaaki Sekiwake Takadagawa No Director (1959-04-11) April 11, 1959 (age 64) 2024
Isenoumi Kitakachidoki Hayato Maegashira 3 Isenoumi Yes Director (1966-01-01) January 1, 1966 (age 58) 2031
Sadogatake Kotonowaka Terumasa Sekiwake Sadogatake Yes Director (1968-05-15) May 15, 1968 (age 55) 2033
Fujishima Musōyama Masashi Ōzeki Fujishima Yes Deputy Director (1972-02-14) February 14, 1972 (age 52) 2037
Wakamatsu Asanowaka Takehiko Maegashira 1 Takasago No Deputy Director (1969-12-11) December 11, 1969 (age 54) 2034
Kumegawa Kotoinazuma Yoshihiro Komusubi Sadogatake No Deputy Director (1962-04-26) April 26, 1962 (age 61) 2027
Isegahama Asahifuji Seiya Yokozuna Isegahama Yes Special Executive (1960-07-06) July 6, 1960 (age 63) 2025
Nishikido Mitoizumi Masayuki Sekiwake Nishikido Yes Special Executive (1962-09-02) September 2, 1962 (age 61) 2027
Katsunoura Kirinishiki Toshirō Maegashira 2 Isenoumi No Special Executive (1962-08-31) August 31, 1962 (age 61) 2027
Shiratama Kototsubaki Katsuyuki Maegashira 3 Sadogatake No Special Executive (1960-12-06) December 6, 1960 (age 63) 2025
Kokonoe Chiyotaikai Ryūji Ōzeki Kokonoe Yes Special Executive (1976-04-29) April 29, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Asakayama Kaiō Hiroyuki Ōzeki Asakayama Yes Special Executive (1972-07-24) July 24, 1972 (age 51) 2037
Nakadachi Oginishiki Yasutoshi Komusubi Dewanoumi No Iin (1971-07-08) July 8, 1971 (age 52) 2036
Kabutoyama Ōikari Tsuyoshi Maegashira 11 Isenoumi No Iin (1972-06-16) June 16, 1972 (age 51) 2037
Jinmaku Fujinoshin Tsukasa Maegashira 1 Hakkaku No Iin (1960-11-06) November 6, 1960 (age 63) 2025
Oitekaze Daishōyama Naoki Maegashira 2 Oitekaze Yes Iin (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 57) 2031
Minato Minatofuji Takayuki Maegashira 2 Minato Yes Iin (1968-07-06) July 6, 1968 (age 55) 2033
Takadagawa Akinoshima Katsumi Sekiwake Takadagawa Yes Iin (1967-03-16) March 16, 1967 (age 56) 2032
Kise Higonoumi Naoya Maegashira 1 Kise Yes Iin (1969-09-23) September 23, 1969 (age 54) 2034
Wakafuji Ōtsukasa Nobuhide Maegashira 4 Kise No Iin (1971-02-18) February 18, 1971 (age 53) 2036
Inagawa Futen'ō Izumi Komusubi Kise No Iin (1980-08-28) August 28, 1980 (age 43) 2045
Shikihide Kitazakura Hidetoshi Maegashira 9 Shikihide Yes Iin (1971-12-15) December 15, 1971 (age 52) 2036
Onoe Hamanoshima Keishi Komusubi Onoe Yes Iin (1970-03-21) March 21, 1970 (age 53) 2035
Yamahibiki Ganyū Kenji Maegashira 1 Yamahibiki Yes Iin (1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 53) 2035
Ōtake Dairyū Tadahiro Jūryō 4 Ōtake Yes Iin (1960-09-30) September 30, 1960 (age 63) 2025
Yamawake Buyūzan Takeyoshi Maegashira 1 Fujishima No Iin (1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 49) 2039
Musashigawa Musashimaru Kōyō Yokozuna Musashigawa Yes Iin (1971-05-02) May 2, 1971 (age 52) 2036
Tagonoura Takanotsuru Shinichi Maegashira 8 Tagonoura Yes Iin (1976-06-18) June 18, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Tamagaki Tomonohana Shinya Komusubi Ōshima No Iin (1964-06-23) June 23, 1964 (age 59) 2029
Ōnaruto Dejima Takeharu Ōzeki Fujishima No Iin (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 49) 2039
Kataonami Tamakasuga Ryōji Sekiwake Kataonami Yes Iin (1972-01-07) January 7, 1972 (age 52) 2037
Tatekawa Tosanoumi Toshio Sekiwake Isenoumi No Iin (1972-02-16) February 16, 1972 (age 52) 2037
Urakaze Shikishima Katsumori Maegashira 1 Michinoku No Iin (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 53) 2035
Takenawa Tochinonada Taiichi Sekiwake Kasugano No Iin (1974-02-26) February 26, 1974 (age 49) 2039
Futagoyama Miyabiyama Tetsushi Ōzeki Futagoyama Yes Iin (1977-07-28) July 28, 1977 (age 46) 2042
Asahiyama Kotonishiki Katsuhiro Sekiwake Asahiyama Yes Iin (1968-06-08) June 8, 1968 (age 55) 2033
Naruto Kotoōshū Katsunori Ōzeki Naruto Yes Iin (1983-02-19) February 19, 1983 (age 41) 2048
Ikazuchi Kakizoe Tōru Komusubi Ikazuchi Yes Iin (1978-08-12) August 12, 1978 (age 45) 2043
Azumazeki Takamisakari Seiken Komusubi Hakkaku No Iin (1976-05-12) May 12, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Hanaregoma Tamanoshima Arata Sekiwake Hanaregoma Yes Iin (1977-09-15) September 15, 1977 (age 46) 2042
Ōshima Kyokutenhō Masaru Sekiwake Ōshima Yes Iin (1974-09-13) September 13, 1974 (age 49) 2039
Tokitsukaze Tosayutaka Yūya Maegashira 1 Tokitsukaze Yes Iin (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 38) 2050
Takasago Asasekiryū Tarō Sekiwake Takasago Yes Iin (1981-08-07) August 7, 1981 (age 42) 2046
Nishonoseki Kisenosato Yutaka Yokozuna Nishonoseki Yes Iin (1986-07-03) July 3, 1986 (age 37) 2051
Fujigane Daizen Takahiro Komusubi Kasugano No Iin (1964-12-14) December 14, 1964 (age 59) 2029
Hatachiyama Tochinohana Hitoshi Komusubi Kasugano No Iin (1973-02-28) February 28, 1973 (age 50) 2038
Takasaki Kinkaiyama Ryū Maegashira 6 Dewanoumi No Iin (1976-01-07) January 7, 1976 (age 48) 2041
Ōnomatsu Daidō Kenji Maegashira 8 Ōnomatsu Yes Iin (1982-08-21) August 21, 1982 (age 41) 2047
Iwatomo Kimurayama Mamoru Maegashira 7 Kasugano No Iin (1981-07-13) July 13, 1981 (age 42) 2046
Kumagatani Tamaasuka Daisuke Maegashira 9 Kataonami No Iin (1983-01-26) January 26, 1983 (age 41) 2048
Mihogaseki Tochisakae Atsushi Maegashira 1 Kasugano No Iin (1974-06-27) June 27, 1974 (age 49) 2039
Shiranui Wakakōyū Masaya Komusubi Ōnomatsu No Iin (1984-02-24) February 24, 1984 (age 39) 2049
Onogawa Kitataiki Akeyoshi Maegashira 2 Yamahibiki No Iin (1982-10-05) October 5, 1982 (age 41) 2047
Tatsunami Asahiyutaka Katsuteru Komusubi Tatsunami Yes Iin (1968-09-10) September 10, 1968 (age 55) 2033
Edagawa Aogiyama Hideki Maegashira 1 Tokitsukaze No Iin (1970-02-18) February 18, 1970 (age 54) 2035
Tamanoi Tochiazuma Daisuke Ōzeki Tamanoi Yes Iin (1976-11-09) November 9, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Tanigawa Hokutōriki Hideki Sekiwake Kokonoe No Iin (1977-10-31) October 31, 1977 (age 46) 2042
Matsugane Tamarikido Hideki Maegashira 8 Hanaregoma No Iin (1974-04-19) April 19, 1974 (age 49) 2039
Shikoroyama Hōmashō Noriyuki Komusubi Shikoroyama Yes Iin (1981-04-16) April 16, 1981 (age 42) 2046
Hamakaze Gojōrō Katsuhiro Maegashira 3 Sadogatake No Iin (1973-08-18) August 18, 1973 (age 50) 2038
Sekinoto Iwakiyama Ryūta Komusubi Sakaigawa No Iin (1976-03-02) March 2, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Nishiiwa Wakanosato Shinobu Sekiwake Nishiiwa Yes Iin (1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Oshiogawa Takekaze Akira Sekiwake Oshiogawa Yes Iin (1979-06-21) June 21, 1979 (age 44) 2044
Takekuma Gōeidō Gōtarō Ōzeki Takekuma Yes Iin (1986-04-06) April 6, 1986 (age 37) 2051
Hidenoyama Kotoshōgiku Kazuhiro Ōzeki Sadogatake No Iin (1984-01-30) January 30, 1984 (age 40) 2049
Otowayama Kakuryū Rikisaburō Yokozuna Otowayama Yes Iin (1985-08-10) August 10, 1985 (age 38) 2050
Tateyama Homarefuji Yoshiyuki Maegashira 6 Isegahama No Shunin (1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 38) 2050
Ajigawa Aminishiki Ryūji Sekiwake Ajigawa Yes Shunin (1978-10-03) October 3, 1978 (age 45) 2043
Nakamura Yoshikaze Masatsugu Sekiwake Nishonoseki No Shunin (1982-03-19) March 19, 1982 (age 41) 2047
Arashio Sōkokurai Eikichi Maegashira 2 Arashio Yes Shunin (1984-01-09) January 9, 1984 (age 40) 2049
Chiganoura Satoyama Kōsaku Maegashira 12 Onoe No Shunin (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 42) 2046
Matsuchiyama Bushūyama Takashi Maegashira 3 Fujishima No Shunin (1976-05-21) May 21, 1976 (age 47) 2041
Kiyomigata Tochiōzan Yūichirō Sekiwake Kasugano No Shunin (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 36) 2052
Nakagawa Asahisato Kenji Maegashira 14 Tokitsukaze No Toshiyori (1965-11-09) November 9, 1965 (age 58) 2030
Tokiwayama Takamisugi Takakatsu Komusubi Tokiwayama Yes Toshiyori (1961-03-01) March 1, 1961 (age 62) 2026
Yamashina Toyohibiki Ryūta Maegashira 2 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1984-11-16) November 16, 1984 (age 39) 2049
Miyagino Hakuhō Shō Yokozuna Miyagino Yes Toshiyori (1985-03-11) March 11, 1985 (age 38) 2050
Kasugayama Ikioi Shōta Sekiwake Isenoumi No Toshiyori (1986-10-11) October 11, 1986 (age 37) 2051
Tomozuna Kaisei Ichiro Sekiwake Asakayama No Toshiyori (1986-12-18) December 18, 1986 (age 37) 2051
Kimigahama Okinoumi Ayumi Sekiwake Hakkaku No Toshiyori (1985-07-29) July 29, 1985 (age 38) 2050
Magaki Ishiura Shikanosuke Maegashira 5 Miyagino No Toshiyori (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 34) 2055
Araiso Kotoyūki Kazuyoshi Sekiwake Sadogatake No Toshiyori (1991-04-02) April 2, 1991 (age 32) 2056
Sanoyama Chiyonokuni Toshiki Maegashira 1 Kokonoe No Toshiyori (1990-07-10) July 10, 1990 (age 33) 2055
Dekiyama Hōchiyama Kōkan[1] Maegashira 14 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1982-01-18) January 18, 1982 (age 42) 2047
Furiwake Sadanofuji Akihiro[2] Maegashira 2 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1984-12-25) December 25, 1984 (age 39) 2049
Nishikijima Shōtenrō Taishi[3] Maegashira 2 Fujishima No Toshiyori (1982-01-31) January 31, 1982 (age 42) 2047
Kitajin Tenkaihō Takayuki[4] Maegashira 8 Onoe No Toshiyori (1984-10-14) October 14, 1984 (age 39) 2049
Kiriyama Asahishō Kōta[5] Maegashira 11 Ōshima No Toshiyori (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 34) 2054
Ōyama Chiyoōtori Yūki[6] Komusubi Kokonoe No Toshiyori (1992-10-11) October 11, 1992 (age 31) 2057
Izutsu Akiseyama Mitsuhiko[7] Maegashira 12 Kise No Toshiyori (1985-07-18) July 18, 1985 (age 38) 2050
Sendagawa Tokushōryū Makoto[8] Maegashira 2 Kise No Toshiyori (1986-08-22) August 22, 1986 (age 37) 2051
Minezaki Misugiiso Takuya Maegashira 2 Shibatayama No Consultant (1956-05-11) May 11, 1956 (age 67) 2021/2026*[9]
Minatogawa Daitetsu Tadamitsu Komusubi Hanaregoma No Consultant (1956-10-29) October 29, 1956 (age 67) 2021/2026*[9]
Oguruma Kotokaze Kōki Ōzeki Oshiogawa No Consultant (1957-04-26) April 26, 1957 (age 66) 2022/2027*[9]
Tatsutayama Sasshūnada Yasutaka Maegashira 1 Michinoku No Consultant (1957-06-07) June 7, 1957 (age 66) 2022/2027*[9]
Takashima Kōbōyama Daizō Sekiwake Oitekaze No Consultant (1957-08-15) August 15, 1957 (age 66) 2022/2027*[9]
Kagamiyama Tagaryū Shōji Sekiwake Isenoumi No Consultant (1958-02-15) February 15, 1958 (age 66) 2023/2028*[9]
Irumagawa Tochitsukasa Tetsuo Sekiwake Ikazuchi No Consultant (1958-04-25) April 25, 1958 (age 65) 2023/2028*[9]
Tatsutagawa vacant[10]

Explanation of ranks[edit]

  • rijichō - chairman
  • riji - director
  • fuku-riji - deputy director
  • yakuin taigu iin - special executive
  • iin - committee member
  • shunin - senior member
  • iin taigu toshiyori - elder receiving iin privileges
  • toshiyori - elder
  • sanyo - consultant (elders re-hired as consultant between 65 and 70 years old)

Elders who do not own but borrow their elder names are always toshiyori. They are not allowed to be stablemasters.

Hyōgiin is not a rank but a group of independent councillors who act as a kind of supervisory board for the directors. Initially there were three Internal Councillors (Ōtake, Futagoyama and Minatogawa) and four External Councillors (persons outside the sumo world). The Internal Councillors were ranked as iin prior to taking office and returned to that rank at the conclusion of their four-year term. In March 2018 they were replaced by three former wrestlers who are completely outside the Sumo Association: Fujinokawa, Washūyama and Asanosho.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Borrowed from retired Dewanohana Yoshitaka
  2. ^ Borrowed from the family of the late Ushiomaru Motoyasu
  3. ^ Borrowed from retired Asashio Tarō IV
  4. ^ Borrowed from active Endō Shōta
  5. ^ Borrowed from retired Kurosegawa Kuniyuki
  6. ^ Borrowed from retired Daihi Susumu
  7. ^ Borrowed from the family of the late Sakahoko Nobushige
  8. ^ Borrowed from retired Tōki Susumu
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Re-hired as consultant on reduced pay for five years after mandatory retirement
  10. ^ Vacant after former komusubi Hōmashō inherited the name Shikoroyama

References[edit]