Japan in Focus

Women fight for respect in Japan’s sumo rings 

Japan in Focus

Sumo wrestling in Japan is among the world’s oldest sports, dating back at least 1,500 years. The rules are simple: Square off with an opponent in a ring lined with sand, then try to push the other person out. Another rule: Japanese professional sumo is also off-limits to women. Japanese women wrestlers who achieve champion status at international sumo events are frustrated to face prejudice back home.

Japanese dads struggle to reform fatherhood

Japan in Focus