Today, Harumafuji became the first yokozuna since the summer basho in May 2007. JSA executives rubber-stamped the promotion of Harumafuji based on the recommendation unanimously made Monday by members of the Yokozuna Deliberation Council.
The Japan Sumo Association announced that on November 30, 2011 sekiwake Kisenosato from Naruto Beya was promoted to the rank of ozeki.
The Nihon Sumo Kyokai announced that following a special board of directors meeting, sekiwake Kotoshogiku from Sadogatake beya was promoted to the rank of ozeki.
Ozeki Kaio, the all-time career wins leader, will retire from sumo, drawing the curtain on an illustrious but injury-plagued career.
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho saw his record-chasing streak end at 63 bouts after a stunning defeat to Kisenosato in the second day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
The second Bulgarian grapller in Japan, Aoiyama Kosuke, is on track to set a record for the fastest progress to the top division in sumo.