List of sumo elders

This is a list of elders of the Japan Sumo Association. 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. Elections to the Board of Directors are held every two years; the latest was in February 2020.

List of eldersEdit

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 57) 2028
Dewanoumi Oginohana Akikazu Maegashira 2 Dewanoumi Yes Director (1967-11-18) November 18, 1967 (age 52) 2032
Kagamiyama Tagaryū Shōji Sekiwake Kagamiyama Yes Director (1958-02-15) February 15, 1958 (age 62) 2023
Kasugano Tochinowaka Kiyotaka Sekiwake Kasugano Yes Director (1962-05-22) 22 May 1962 (age 58) 2027
Oguruma Kotokaze Kōki Ōzeki Oguruma Yes Director (1957-04-26) April 26, 1957 (age 63) 2022
Sakaigawa Ryōgoku Kajinosuke IV Komusubi Sakaigawa Yes Director (1962-07-30) July 30, 1962 (age 57) 2027
Shibatayama Ōnokuni Yasushi Yokozuna Shibatayama Yes Director (1962-10-09) October 9, 1962 (age 57) 2027
Yamahibiki Ganyū Kenji Maegashira 1 Yamahibiki Yes Director (1970-08-06) 6 August 1970 (age 49) 2035
Fujishima Musōyama Masashi Ōzeki Fujishima Yes Deputy Director (1972-02-14) February 14, 1972 (age 48) 2037
Tamanoi Tochiazuma Daisuke Ōzeki Tamanoi Yes Deputy Director (1976-11-09) November 9, 1976 (age 43) 2041
Isegahama Asahifuji Seiya Yokozuna Isegahama Yes Special Executive (1960-07-06) July 6, 1960 (age 60) 2025
Michinoku Kirishima Kazuhiro Ōzeki Michinoku Yes Special Executive (1959-04-03) April 3, 1959 (age 61) 2024
Nishikido Mitoizumi Masayuki Sekiwake Nishikido Yes Special Executive (1962-09-02) September 2, 1962 (age 57) 2027
Nishonoseki Wakashimazu Mutsuo Ōzeki Nishonoseki Yes Special Executive (1957-01-12) January 12, 1957 (age 63) 2022
Takadagawa Akinoshima Katsumi Sekiwake Takadagawa Yes Special Executive (1967-03-16) March 16, 1967 (age 53) 2032
Takasago Asashio Tarō IV Ōzeki Takasago Yes Special Executive (1955-12-09) December 9, 1955 (age 64) 2020
Kabutoyama Ōikari Tsuyoshi Maegashira 11 Isenoumi No Iin (1972-06-16) June 16, 1972 (age 48) 2037
Sekinoto Iwakiyama Ryūta Komusubi Sakaigawa No Iin (1976-03-02) March 2, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Inagawa Futen'ō Izumi d Komusubi Kise No Iin (1980-08-28) August 28, 1980 (age 39) 2045
Minezaki Misugiiso Takuya Maegashira 2 Minezaki Yes Iin (1956-05-11) May 11, 1956 (age 64) 2021
Miyagino Chikubayama Masakuni Maegashira 13 Miyagino Yes Iin (1957-08-21) August 21, 1957 (age 62) 2022
Oitekaze Daishōyama Naoki Maegashira 2 Oitekaze Yes Iin (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 54) 2031
Kumegawa Kotoinazuma Yoshihiro Komusubi Sadogatake No Iin (1962-04-26) April 26, 1962 (age 58) 2027
Shiratama Kototsubaki Katsuyuki Maegashira 3 Sadogatake No Iin (1960-12-06) December 6, 1960 (age 59) 2025
Asahiyama Kotonishiki Katsuhiro Sekiwake Asahiyama Yes Iin (1968-06-08) June 8, 1968 (age 52) 2033
Takashima Kōbōyama Daizō Sekiwake Miyagino No Iin (1957-08-15) August 15, 1957 (age 62) 2022
Isenoumi Kitakachidoki Hayato Maegashira 3 Isenoumi Yes Iin (1966-01-01) January 1, 1966 (age 54) 2031
Sadogatake Kotonowaka Terumasa Sekiwake Sadogatake Yes Iin (1968-05-15) May 15, 1968 (age 52) 2033
Ōtake Dairyū Tadahiro Jūryō 4 Ōtake Yes Iin (1960-09-30) September 30, 1960 (age 59) 2025
Musashigawa Musashimaru Kōyō Yokozuna Musashigawa Yes Iin (1971-05-02) May 2, 1971 (age 49) 2036
Jinmaku Fujinoshin Tsukasa Maegashira 1 Hakkaku No Iin (1960-11-06) November 6, 1960 (age 59) 2025
Irumagawa Tochitsukasa Tetsuo Sekiwake Irumagawa Yes Iin (1958-04-25) April 25, 1958 (age 62) 2023
Minato Minatofuji Takayuki Maegashira 2 Minato Yes Iin (1968-07-06) July 6, 1968 (age 52) 2033
Shikoroyama Terao Tsunefumi Sekiwake Shikoroyama Yes Iin (1963-02-02) February 2, 1963 (age 57) 2028
Minatogawa Daitetsu Tadamitsu Komusubi Nishonoseki No Iin (1956-10-29) October 29, 1956 (age 63) 2021
Ōnaruto Dejima Takeharu Ōzeki Fujishima No Iin (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 46) 2039
Kokonoe Chiyotaikai Ryūji Ōzeki Kokonoe Yes Iin (1976-04-29) April 29, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Kataonami Tamakasuga Ryōji Sekiwake Kataonami Yes Iin (1972-01-07) January 7, 1972 (age 48) 2037
Asakayama Kaiō Hiroyuki Ōzeki Asakayama Yes Iin (1972-07-24) 24 July 1972 (age 47) 2037
Tokitsukaze Tokitsuumi Masahiro Maegashira 3 Tokitsukaze Yes Iin (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 46) 2038
Tatekawa Tosanoumi Toshio Sekiwake Isenoumi No Iin (1972-02-16) February 16, 1972 (age 48) 2037
Tagonoura Takanotsuru Shinichi Maegashira 8 Tagonoura Yes Iin (1976-06-18) June 18, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Urakaze Shikishima Katsumori Maegashira 1 Matsugane No Iin (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 49) 2035
Takenawa Tochinonada Taiichi Sekiwake Kasugano No Iin (1974-02-26) February 26, 1974 (age 46) 2039
Futagoyama Miyabiyama Tetsushi Ōzeki Futagoyama Yes Iin (1977-07-28) July 28, 1977 (age 42) 2042
Shikihide Kitazakura Hidetoshi Maegashira 9 Shikihide Yes Iin (1971-12-15) December 15, 1971 (age 48) 2036
Nakagawa Asahisato Kenji Maegashira 14 Tokitsukaze No Toshiyori (1965-11-09) November 9, 1965 (age 54) 2030
Fujigane Daizen Takahiro Komusubi Kasugano No Iin (1964-12-14) December 14, 1964 (age 55) 2029
Nakadachi Oginishiki Yasutoshi Komusubi Dewanoumi No Iin (1971-07-08) July 8, 1971 (age 49) 2036
Hatachiyama Tochinohana Hitoshi Komusubi Kasugano No Iin (1973-02-28) February 28, 1973 (age 47) 2038
Takasaki Kinkaiyama Ryū Maegashira 6 Dewanoumi No Iin (1976-01-07) January 7, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Tatsutayama Sasshūnada Yasutaka Maegashira 1 Michinoku No Iin (1957-06-07) June 7, 1957 (age 63) 2022
Chiganoura Takamisugi Takakatsu Komusubi Chiganoura Yes Iin (1961-03-01) March 1, 1961 (age 59) 2026
Wakamatsu Asanowaka Takehiko Maegashira 1 Takasago No Iin (1969-12-11) December 11, 1969 (age 50) 2034
Wakafuji Ōtsukasa Nobuhide Maegashira 4 Irumagawa No Iin (1971-02-18) February 18, 1971 (age 49) 2036
Hanakago Daijuyama Tadaaki Sekiwake Minezaki No Iin (1959-04-11) April 11, 1959 (age 61) 2024
Tamagaki Tomonohana Shinya Komusubi Tomozuna No Iin (1964-06-23) June 23, 1964 (age 56) 2029
Yamawake Buyūzan Takeyoshi Maegashira 1 Fujishima No Iin (1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 45) 2039
Matsugane Tamarikido Hideki Maegashira 8 Nishonoseki No Iin (1974-04-19) April 19, 1974 (age 46) 2039
Mihogaseki Tochisakae Atsushi Maegashira 1 Kasugano No Iin (1974-06-27) June 27, 1974 (age 46) 2039
Tatsunami Asahiyutaka Katsuteru Komusubi Tatsunami Yes Iin (1968-09-10) September 10, 1968 (age 51) 2033
Kise Higonoumi Naoya Maegashira 1 Kise Yes Iin (1969-09-23) September 23, 1969 (age 50) 2034
Edagawa Aogiyama Hideki Maegashira 1 Tokitsukaze No Iin (1970-02-18) February 18, 1970 (age 50) 2035
Tanigawa Hokutōriki Hideki Sekiwake Kokonoe No Iin (1977-10-31) October 31, 1977 (age 42) 2042
Sendagawa Tōki Susumu Komusubi Nishikido No Iin (1974-07-04) July 4, 1974 (age 46) 2039
Hamakaze Gojōrō Katsuhiro Maegashira 3 Sadogatake No Iin (1973-08-18) August 18, 1973 (age 46) 2038
Katsunoura Kirinishiki Toshirō Maegashira 2 Kagamiyama No Iin (1962-08-31) August 31, 1962 (age 57) 2027
Naruto Kotoōshū Katsunori Ōzeki Naruto Yes Iin (1983-02-19) February 19, 1983 (age 37) 2048
Onoe Hamanoshima Keishi Komusubi Onoe Yes Iin (1970-03-21) March 21, 1970 (age 50) 2035
Ikazuchi Kakizoe Tōru Komusubi Musashigawa No Iin (1978-08-12) August 12, 1978 (age 41) 2043
Azumazeki Takamisakari Seiken Komusubi Azumazeki Yes Iin (1976-05-12) May 12, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Hanaregoma Tamanoshima Arata Sekiwake Nishonseki No Iin (1977-09-15) September 15, 1977 (age 42) 2042
Iwatomo Kimurayama Mamoru Maegashira 7 Kasugano No Iin (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 39) 2046
Shiranui Wakakōyū Masaya Komusubi Ōnomatsu No Iin (1984-02-24) February 24, 1984 (age 36) 2049
Tatsutagawa Hōmashō Noriyuki Komusubi Shikoroyama No Iin (1981-04-16) April 16, 1981 (age 39) 2046
Tomozuna Kyokutenhō Masaru Sekiwake Tomozuna Yes Iin (1974-09-13) September 13, 1974 (age 45) 2039
Nishiiwa Wakanosato Shinobu Sekiwake Nishiiwa Yes Iin (1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Nishikijima Asasekiryū Tarō Sekiwake Takasago No Shunin (1981-08-07) August 7, 1981 (age 38) 2046
Ōnomatsu Daidō Kenji Maegashira 8 Ōnomatsu Yes Shunin (1982-08-21) August 21, 1982 (age 37) 2047
Onogawa Kitataiki Akeyoshi Maegashira 2 Yamahibiki No Shunin (1982-10-05) October 5, 1982 (age 37) 2047
Magaki Tosayutaka Yūya Maegashira 1 Tokitsukaze No Shunin (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 35) 2050
Kumagatani Tamaasuka Daisuke Maegashira 9 Kataonami No Shunin (1983-01-26) January 26, 1983 (age 37) 2048
Araiso Kisenosato Yutaka Yokozuna Tagonoura No Iin taigu toshiyori (1986-07-03) July 3, 1986 (age 34) 2051
Takekuma Gōeidō Gōtarō Ozeki Sakaigawa No Iin taigu Toshiyori (1986-04-06) April 6, 1986 (age 34) 2051
Oshiogawa Takekaze Akira Sekiwake Oguruma No Toshiyori (1979-06-21) June 21, 1979 (age 41) 2044
Arashio Sōkokurai Eikichi Maegashira 2 Arashio Yes toshiyori (1984-01-09) January 9, 1984 (age 36) 2049
Ajigawa Aminishiki Ryūji Sekiwake Isegahama No Toshiyori (1978-10-03) October 3, 1978 (age 41) 2043
Nakamura Yoshikaze Masatsugu Sekiwake Oguruma No Toshiyori (1982-03-19) March 19, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Tateyama Homarefuji Yoshiyuki Maegashira 6 Isegahama No Toshiyori (1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 35) 2050
Kasugayama Bushūyama Takashi[1] Maegashira 3 Fujishima No Toshiyori (1976-05-21) May 21, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Kimigahama Hōchiyama Kōkan[2] Maegashira 14 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1982-01-18) January 18, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Yamashina Sadanofuji Akihiro[3] Maegashira 2 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1984-12-25) December 25, 1984 (age 35) 2049
Kitajin Shōtenrō Taishi[4] Maegashira 2 Fujishima No Toshiyori (1982-01-31) January 31, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Sanoyama Satoyama Kōsaku[5] Maegashira 12 Onoe No Toshiyori (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 39) 2046
Otowayama Tenkaihō Takayuki[6] Maegashira 8 Onoe No Toshiyori (1984-10-14) October 14, 1984 (age 35) 2049
Izutsu Toyonoshima Daiki Sekiwake Tokitsukaze No Toshiyori (1983-06-26) June 26, 1983 (age 37) 2048
Tokiwayama Masudayama Yasuhito Sekiwake Chiganoura No Consultant (1951-04-10) April 10, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[7]
Matsuchiyama Banryūyama Takaharu Komusubi Kasugano No Consultant (1951-05-04) May 4, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[7]
Dekiyama Dewanohana Yoshitaka Sekiwake Dewanoumi No Consultant (1951-05-13) May 13, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[7]
Kiriyama Kurosegawa Kuniyuki Komusubi Isegahama No Consultant (1951-05-13) May 13, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[7]
Ōshima Kaiki Nobuhide Sekiwake Tomozuna No Consultant (1952-06-12) June 12, 1952 (age 68) 2017/2022*[7]
Ōyama Daihi Susumu Maegashira 2 Azumazeki No Consultant (1952-10-16) October 16, 1952 (age 67) 2017/2022*[7]
Hidenoyama vacant (owner is active Kotoshōgiku Kazuhiro)
Kiyomigata vacant (owner is active Tochiōzan Yūichirō)
Furiwake vacant (owner is Azumazeki Oyakata Takamisakari Seiken)

Explanation of ranksEdit

  • 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.

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 ex-wrestlers who are completely outside the Sumo Association: Fujinokawa, Washuyama and Asanosho.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Borrowed from active Ikioi Shōta
  2. ^ Borrowed from active Okinoumi Ayumi
  3. ^ Borrowed from retired Ōnishiki Ittetsu
  4. ^ Borrowed from active Endō Shōta
  5. ^ Borrowed from active Chiyoōtori Yūki
  6. ^ Borrowed from retired Masurao Hiroo
  7. ^ a b c d e f Re-hired as consultant on reduced pay for five years after mandatory retirement

ReferencesEdit