Chiyonofuji Mitsugu

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu

Sumo Wrestler
Born Jun 1, 1955

, born June 1, 1955, as Mitsugu Akimoto in Hokkaidō, Japan, is a former champion sumo wrestler and the 58th yokozuna of the sport. He is now the stable master of Kokonoe stable. Chiyonofuji was one of the greatest yokozuna of recent times, winning 31 tournament championships, second only to Taihō. He was particularly remarkable for his longevity in sumo's top rank, which he held for a period of ten years from 1981 to 1991.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on June 1, 1955.


1970 15 Years Old Chiyonofuji began his career in September 1970.
1971 16 Years Old A 32nd tournament title would have tied the record set by Taihō in 1971, but his 31st championship in November 1990 proved to be his last.
1974 19 Years Old He reached the second highest jūryō division in November 1974, and was promoted to the top makuuchi division in September 1975. … Read More


1978 - 1980 3 More Events
As a sekiwake, he scored 11–4 in November, and in January 1981 he scored 14–1, losing only one regular match to dominating yokozuna Kitanoumi, and then defeated him in the subsequent playoff to win a top makuuchi division title for the first time. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old As his rival Kitanoumi went into a long slump, Chiyonofuji dominated sumo in 1982, winning four of the six tournaments. … Read More
1983 28 Years Old He was restricted to just one championship in the nine tournaments held from May 1983 to September 1984.


1985 30 Years Old But Kitanoumi retired in January 1985, with the aging Takanosato following a year later, and Chiyonofuji resumed his dominance.
1986 31 Years Old In 1986 he won five out of the six tournaments held, the first time this had been done since Kitanoumi in 1978. … Read More
1988 33 Years Old In 1988, he went on a winning streak of 53 bouts, the third longest in sumo history second to current yokozuna Hakuhō's 63, and Futabayama's all-time record of 69. … Read More
1989 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1989 he took his 28th championship in a playoff from his stablemate Hokutoumi, marking the first time ever that two yokozuna from the same stable had met in competition. … Read More
1990 35 Years Old In March 1990, he secured his 1000th win.
…  He finally retired in May 1991, just short of his thirty-sixth birthday. … Read More


2008 53 Years Old In February 2008, he joined the board of directors of the Japan Sumo Association, where he was responsible for organising the regional tours or jungyō, but he had to resign in April 2011 after his wrestler Chiyohakuhō admitted involvement in match-fixing and retired from sumo.
2012 57 Years Old He returned in the January 2012 elections as the Operations director (the second most senior position in the Association's hierarchy), but was unseated two years later.


2015 60 Years Old On May 31, 2015, he marked his 60th birthday by performing the kanreki dohyō-iri at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan, becoming the tenth former yokozuna to do so. … Read More
He chose not to run for a board position in the 2016 elections, citing a lack of support.
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