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Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010


What should sumo's disgraced yokozuna Asashoryu do next?


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Nelson Baloian
Professor, 47 (Chilean)
As Asashoryu was at the peak of his sumo career, and was a love/hate figure, he now has a chance to really spice up the world of MMA (mixed martial arts) here in Japan.

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Erina Sakai
Artist, 31 (Japanese)
He should start a nabe (hot pot) business. Sumo is synonymous with nabe, and he is very popular, so people would eat there. He should sell various types of nabe, not only chanko nabe.

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Greg Mitchell
English teacher, 40 (Australian)
He will be popular in Japan for about a year or so, I think, so he should milk it. He should do variety shows and sports commentary. He could be very successful.

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Atsushi Nagai
Musician, 23 (Japanese)
He is a superstar in Mongolia as well as in Japan, but his fame here in Japan will become more difficult to maintain, so I think it is best for him to go home.

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Erica Yamanaka
Student, 22 (American/Japanese)
I'd like to see him go into Japanese movies, because he speaks such good Japanese and young people see him as a rebel. I suspect he will continue with martial arts here, though.

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