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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What do you make of yokozuna Asashoryu's shock announcement that he will retire?


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Satoshi Yoshikama
Student, 20
In general, everybody thought he should be punished for what he did, but the decision was rough on one of the top ambassadors for the sport.

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Koharu Shintome
Student, 23
Japanese media and Japan itself are way too selfish. He should not have been forced to resign. The way they blanketed him with both praise and condemnation was fickle.

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Yuko Mirana
Office worker
I'm sad that Asashoryu has retired from the world of sumo, because he was really strong, and I also thought he was cute.

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Jonathan Williams
Recruitment, 32 (American)
I know that we have to respect traditional culture, but surely it is unprecedented for a top sportsman to be booted out of his sport like this.

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Mariko Naito
Student, 20
Asashoryu was strong, but in the sumo world it is also about other things. He didn't respect the values he should have, but his resignation is still sad.

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Daisuke Tada
Bartender, 40
I really love sumo, and I think that it's a shame he won't be wrestling anymore. Without him, the sport will be a lot less interesting.

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