[sumo] Chairman and Oyakata/Giulianni
artist at aloha.net
Fri Sep 12 13:37:08 EDT 2008
HI- yes, I have been flying thru this and trying to keep up w/ clients at
the same time- making some mistakes-
FOLLOWING(**) IS WHAT I WAS REMEMBERING WHEN I WROTE THAT, and what I
had in mond that M might be able to accomplish as Rijhicho, if politics
dont prevent the good stuff from coming thru at the expense of some cushy
graft going by tghe wayside..,.
( SEE: http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/rwg/html/bio.html)
In 1983, Giuliani was appointed US Attorney for the Southern District of
New York, where he spearheaded the effort to jail drug dealers, fight
organized crime, break the web of corruption in government, and prosecute
white-collar criminals. Few US Attorneys in history can match his record
of 4,152 convictions with only 25 reversals.
In 1989, Giuliani entered the race for mayor of New York City as a
candidate of the Republican and Liberal parties, losing by the closest
margin in City history. However in 1993, his campaign focusing on quality
of life, crime, business and education made him the 107th Mayor of the
City of New York. In 1997 he was re-elected by a wide margin, carrying
four out of New York City's five boroughs.
As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani has returned accountability to City government and
improved the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Under his leadership,
overall crime is down 57%, murder has been reduced 65%, and New York City
- once infamous around the world for its dangerous streets - has been
recognized by the F.B.I. as the safest large city in America for the past
New York City's law enforcement strategies have become models for other
cities around the world, particularly the CompStat program, which won the
1996 Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University. CompStat allows police to statistically monitor
criminal activity on specific street corners as well as citywide, holding
precinct commanders accountable for criminal activity in their
neighborhoods. Because this data is updated constantly, it enables the
police to become a proactive force in fighting crime, stopping crime
trends before they become crime waves that negatively effect the quality
of life for neighborhood residents.
When Mayor Giuliani took office, one out of every seven New Yorkers was on
welfare. Mayor Giuliani has returned the work ethic to the center of City
life by implementing the largest and most successful welfare-to-work
initiative in the country, cutting welfare rolls in half while moving over
640,000 individuals from dependency on the government to the dignity of
self-sufficiency. In addition, Giuliani has enacted a record of over $2.5
billion in tax reductions - including the commercial rent tax, personal
income tax, the hotel occupancy tax, and the sales tax on clothing for
purchases up to $110 dollars. In addition, hundreds of millions of dollars
have been returned to the private sector as a result of the Mayor's
aggressive campaign to root out organized crime's influence over the
Fulton Fish Market, the private garbage hauling industry, and wholesale
food markets throughout the City. These reforms, combined with the fiscal
discipline which enabled the Mayor to turn an inherited $2.3 billion
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City to an era of broad-based growth with a record 450,000 new private
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> Your facts are little fuzzy when it comes to NYC history.
> Rudy Giuliani was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office,
> for the Southern District of New York. He eventually
> served as U.S. Attorney.
> He was never police chief of NYC.
> That job fell to Bill Bratton, Howard Safir and Bernard Kerik
> during his terms of office as NYC mayor.
> Rich Casale
> From: "Lynn Matsuoka" <artist at aloha.net>
> Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:39 PM
> To: "Sumo Mailing List" <sumo at webtrek.com>
> Subject: Re: [sumo] Chairman and Oyakata
>> It was unbelievably tragic that Taiho Oyakata suffered a debilitating
>> stroke shortly after his retirement from Active Sumo. Being one of the
>> most intelligent and capable men at the top of sumo in his day, he
>> have been a great Rijicho, but that quickly became mute.
>> Musashigawa Oyakata may well be the Rudi Guliani of the Rijicho line
>> (Guliani, for those who don't know, cleaned up NYC as the chief of
>> before becoming Mayor)
>> But one who is younger and should be in line as he is really the
>> man there (I think he is borderline genius) is former Chiyonofuji.
>> Unfortunately , he has little to none of the required support. I noticed
>> during the last 13 years of his career, sitting next to him daily in
>> dressing room doing my drawings of him that others resented him the way
>> people often resent someone who is smarter, prettier, better for any
>> reason and thru no fault of their own.... it is an unfortunate facet of
>> human nature. What will happen with that, I don't know.
>> Another unusually gifted and intelligent man, former
>> Oyakata, was pushed aside by others who saw the threat of his
>> possibilities, and he sadly didn't have the fire to fight, truly a
>> of his years in the sumo heirarchy. And the other too smart to believe
>> guy is former Yokozuna Takanosato, naruto Oyakata, who passed his prime
>> without being able, or wanting to, according to him, get to the
>> he really could have been brilliant in...
>> Of the relatively new crop of oyakata, there is one I can think of- the
>> former White Wolf, Onomatsu Oyakata, the former Masurao. Still in his
>> , young enough to aspire... he is very bright, knows how to plan and
>> achieve( the story of his putting together his own heya against odds is
>> something!)but he doesn't have the heart of an assassin, so may not get
>> It's late, gotta go. There are more. Anyone out there? Mark Buckton- see
>> candidate among the even younger?
>> Lynn Matsuoka
>> Sumo artist, comnentator, and staunch supporter
>>> Thank you so much for your in depth and enlightening description and
>>> to all who have contributed about the makeup of the Kyokai.
>>> This makes it clearer for me how the oyakata are aligned, and the
>>> historical depth of resentments and politically opposed viewpoints.
>>> This complexity makes it that much more understandable why it is
>>> easier for the Kyokai to remain traditional, and the difficulties
>>> it would take for the Kyokai to become more proactive. This also
>>> demonstrates why it is easier for the different groups to come
>>> together to denounce a perceived adversary and to remain stagnant
>>> on proactive reform issues since these are more likely to be
>>> politically sensitive. It follows that the Kyokai usually takes
>>> courses of action that are financially beneficial, since those
>>> actions would receive the least amount of resistance.
>>> A serious question, might there be a younger oyakata in line who
>>> both wants to and could implement proactive changes were he to be
>>> appointed rigicho, or is the old boys network too entrenched in its
>>> rule for this to happen?
>>> Thanks again,
>>> Quoting Nashinokawa <nashinokawa at parbrook.free-online.co.uk>:
>>>> Dear All
>>>> Further to Doreens email on this, (thanks for including the names
>>>> which I
>>>> could not remember), Lynn asked a second question:
>>>> > I also am interested in knowing if all rijicho should in fact
>>>> be stable
>>>> > owners or not. To become Rijicho, one needs enough supporting
>>>> votes( 1
>>>> > per Oyakata) and usually that means only a stable head with
>>>> enough Oyakata
>>>> > in his stable + his Ichimon would add up to the needed number.
>>>> As I understand it there is an election to the rijikai
>>>> (essentially the
>>>> board of directors of the sumo association) which involves all
>>>> the Oyakata
>>>> voting with one vote each. I believe all active Ozeki and
>>>> Yokozuna also
>>>> have a vote, and possibly also the two tate-gyoji.
>>>> I cannot remember the number on the board of directors and the
>>>> frequency of
>>>> the elections (either 2 or 4 years rings a bell). The stables in
>>>> the sumo
>>>> association are grouped essentially into a number (four)
>>>> "ichimon". These
>>>> groups of stables tend to work together and a linked by history.
>>>> there are one or two big historical traditional stables and the
>>>> stables were essentially (approved and agreed) breakaway stables
>>>> at some
>>>> point in their history. These ichimon in the past have often
>>>> tried to agree
>>>> between them who are the best candidates from their grouping to
>>>> stand for
>>>> election to the rijikai. In some recent elections this system
>>>> has been less
>>>> clear, especially when some oyakata voted across ichimon
>>>> boundaries when
>>>> there were discussions on reforming the way that the oyakata
>>>> shares in the
>>>> sumo association could be bought and sold for example. Lynn is
>>>> correct in
>>>> saying that an aspiring riji (association director) needs usually
>>>> level support, but this does not always mean that he is a
>>>> there. In addition to the rijicho case discussed previously
>>>> there are other
>>>> examples where a more senior member has decided to concentrate
>>>> on sumo
>>>> association business and ceded running of the stable to a younger
>>>> I believe Chiyonofuji picked up his stablemaster role in this way
>>>> and his
>>>> mentor who passed him running of the stable chose to concentrate
>>>> on sumo
>>>> association matters as an elected riji.
>>>> The key point is that usually the Oyakata has to have a strong
>>>> following in
>>>> his ichimon as their preferred representative, or be more
>>>> generally popular
>>>> to be elected onto the rijikai.
>>>> The rijikai in its first meeting after an election will elect the
>>>> from amongst themselves. Thus it is not a general vote of all
>>>> association members for the leader, it is an election by only the
>>>> members. Often this is simply reelection of the existing leader.
>>>> In the recent case where Kitanoumi stood down, he will still
>>>> remain a member
>>>> of the association board of directors. And the election of
>>>> oyakata as rijicho would have been by the board of directors
>>>> The issue of Oyakata and Stablemasters could perhaps also do with
>>>> Typically there are just over 100 oyakata, who hold a share in
>>>> the sumo
>>>> There are two oyakata currently who have a one generation
>>>> Takanohana and Kitanoumi
>>>> There are usually one or two temporary oyakata, who are former
>>>> Yokozuna and
>>>> Ozeki who do not (yet) own a share in the association.
>>>> Oyakata have two ranks: Oyakata and Committee Members. Promotion
>>>> from one
>>>> to another appears to me to be based on a blend of experience and
>>>> the rank
>>>> the oyakata reached as an active rikishi.
>>>> "Promotion" to the board is as stated above by election and
>>>> oyakata who are
>>>> "riji" (Board members)can be demoted if you like if they are not
>>>> elected the
>>>> next time around. In addition the board can grant any oyakata a
>>>> to special advisor status (usually former rijicho, or famous
>>>> rikishi not on the board).
>>>> The position in the sumo association is at least nominally
>>>> entirely separate
>>>> from whether they run a stable as a stablemaster or not.
>>>> It used to be that any oyakata (except the temporary oyakata)
>>>> could in
>>>> princple have the right to set up his own stable. However, not
>>>> all oyakata
>>>> wish to. Typically there are in the region of 40-50 stables at
>>>> any one time
>>>> I think. Another issue is that usually the oyakata needs the
>>>> tacit approval
>>>> of the stable he is associated with to break away and form his
>>>> own stable.
>>>> This gets quite political, and in some cases it is easy while
>>>> others have
>>>> been more messy. A further issue, which I cannot remember what
>>>> about is that after one of the scandals of recent years the
>>>> association I
>>>> believe were going to tighten the criteria for an oyakata to be
>>>> able to set
>>>> up as a stable master, but I dont know what happened there.
>>>> I hope this is helpful to those interested in this and does not
>>>> repeat too
>>>> much of what is probably deep in the archive
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Lynn Matsuoka , described in the Japan press the "Degas of Japanese Sumo
and Kabuki", has also won awards for her hula reportage paintings in
Hawaii. Her Sumo artwork is in corporate and private collections around
the world, in of the Morikami Museum of Art and has recently been
requested by the Sumo Museum in Tokyo and Sapporo.
Visit our booth at the Hampton Classic Horse Show from August 24~ 31, 2008.
Web sites : http:// www.traditions.jp & www.hamptonsartist.com
Tel USA 808-479-5966 / NY studio 631-537-5237
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