List of sumo elders

This is a list of elders of the Japan Sumo Association (JSA). 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 elders

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 53) 2032
Kagamiyama TagaryÅ« 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 58) 2027
Shibatayama Ōnokuni Yasushi Yokozuna Shibatayama Yes Director (1962-10-09) October 9, 1962 (age 58) 2027
Yamahibiki GanyÅ« Kenji Maegashira 1 Yamahibiki Yes Iin (1970-08-06) 6 August 1970 (age 50) 2035
Fujishima Musōyama Masashi Ōzeki Fujishima Yes Deputy Director (1972-02-14) February 14, 1972 (age 48) 2037
Tamanoi Tochiazuma Daisuke Ōzeki Tamanoi Yes Iin (1976-11-09) November 9, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Isegahama Asahifuji Seiya Yokozuna Isegahama Yes Director (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 58) 2027
Nishonoseki Wakashimazu Mutsuo Ōzeki Nishonoseki Yes Special Executive (1957-01-12) January 12, 1957 (age 63) 2022
Takadagawa Akinoshima Katsumi Sekiwake Takadagawa Yes Deputy Director (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 RyÅ«ta 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 40) 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 63) 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 Director (1957-08-15) August 15, 1957 (age 63) 2022
Isenoumi Kitakachidoki Hayato Maegashira 3 Isenoumi Yes Iin (1966-01-01) January 1, 1966 (age 54) 2031
Sadogatake Kotonowaka Terumasa Sekiwake Sadogatake Yes Special Executive (1968-05-15) May 15, 1968 (age 52) 2033
Ōtake DairyÅ« Tadahiro JÅ«ryō 4 Ōtake Yes Iin (1960-09-30) September 30, 1960 (age 60) 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 60) 2025
Irumagawa Tochitsukasa Tetsuo Sekiwake Irumagawa Yes Special Executive (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 64) 2021
Ōnaruto Dejima Takeharu Ōzeki Fujishima No Iin (1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 46) 2039
Kokonoe Chiyotaikai RyÅ«ji 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 48) 2037
Tokitsukaze Tokitsuumi Masahiro Maegashira 3 Tokitsukaze Yes Toshiyori (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 47) 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 43) 2042
Shikihide Kitazakura Hidetoshi Maegashira 9 Shikihide Yes Iin (1971-12-15) December 15, 1971 (age 48) 2036
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 RyÅ« Maegashira 6 Dewanoumi No Iin (1976-01-07) January 7, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Tatsutayama SasshÅ«nada Yasutaka Maegashira 1 Michinoku No Iin (1957-06-07) June 7, 1957 (age 63) 2022
Chiganoura Masudayama Yasuhito Sekiwake Tokiwayama No Consultant (1951-04-10) April 10, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[1]
Wakamatsu Asanowaka Takehiko Maegashira 1 Takasago No Deputy Director (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 Director (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 BuyÅ«zan Takeyoshi Maegashira 1 Fujishima No Iin (1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 46) 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 52) 2033
Kise Higonoumi Naoya Maegashira 1 Kise Yes Iin (1969-09-23) September 23, 1969 (age 51) 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 43) 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 47) 2038
Katsunoura Kirinishiki Toshirō Maegashira 2 Kagamiyama No Special Executive (1962-08-31) August 31, 1962 (age 58) 2027
Naruto KotoōshÅ« 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 42) 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 43) 2042
Iwatomo Kimurayama Mamoru Maegashira 7 Kasugano No Iin (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 39) 2046
Shiranui WakakōyÅ« 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 46) 2039
Nishiiwa Wakanosato Shinobu Sekiwake Nishiiwa Yes Iin (1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Nishikijima AsasekiryÅ« Tarō Sekiwake Takasago No Shunin (1981-08-07) August 7, 1981 (age 39) 2046
Ōnomatsu Daidō Kenji Maegashira 8 Ōnomatsu Yes Iin (1982-08-21) August 21, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Onogawa Kitataiki Akeyoshi Maegashira 2 Yamahibiki No Shunin (1982-10-05) October 5, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Magaki Tosayutaka YÅ«ya Maegashira 1 Tokitsukaze No Iin (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
Nakagawa Asahisato Kenji Maegashira 14 Tokitsukaze No Toshiyori (1965-11-09) November 9, 1965 (age 55) 2030
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 RyÅ«ji Sekiwake Isegahama No Toshiyori (1978-10-03) October 3, 1978 (age 42) 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 BushÅ«yama Takashi[2] Maegashira 3 Fujishima No Toshiyori (1976-05-21) May 21, 1976 (age 44) 2041
Kimigahama Hōchiyama Kōkan[3] Maegashira 14 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1982-01-18) January 18, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Yamashina Sadanofuji Akihiro[4] Maegashira 2 Sakaigawa No Toshiyori (1984-12-25) December 25, 1984 (age 35) 2049
Kitajin Shōtenrō Taishi[5] Maegashira 2 Fujishima No Toshiyori (1982-01-31) January 31, 1982 (age 38) 2047
Sanoyama Satoyama Kōsaku[6] Maegashira 12 Onoe No Toshiyori (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 39) 2046
Otowayama Tenkaihō Takayuki[7] Maegashira 8 Onoe No Toshiyori (1984-10-14) October 14, 1984 (age 36) 2049
Izutsu Toyonoshima Daiki Sekiwake Tokitsukaze No Toshiyori (1983-06-26) June 26, 1983 (age 37) 2048
Kiyomigata Tochiōzan YÅ«ichirō Sekiwake Kasugano No Toshiyori (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 33) 2052
Hidenoyama Kotoshōgiku Kazuhiro Ozeki Sadogatake No Toshiyori (1984-01-30) January 30, 1984 (age 36) 2049
Tokiwayama Takamisugi Takakatsu Komusubi Tokiwayama Yes Iin (1961-03-01) March 1, 1961 (age 59) 2026
Matsuchiyama BanryÅ«yama Takaharu Komusubi Kasugano No Consultant (1951-05-04) May 4, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[1]
Dekiyama Dewanohana Yoshitaka Sekiwake Dewanoumi No Consultant (1951-05-13) May 13, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[1]
Kiriyama Kurosegawa Kuniyuki Komusubi Isegahama No Consultant (1951-05-13) May 13, 1951 (age 69) 2016/2021*[1]
Ōshima Kaiki Nobuhide Sekiwake Tomozuna No Consultant (1952-06-12) June 12, 1952 (age 68) 2017/2022*[1]
Ōyama Daihi Susumu Maegashira 2 Hakkaku No Consultant (1952-10-16) October 16, 1952 (age 68) 2017/2022*[1]
Furiwake vacant(owner is Azumazeki Oyakata Takamisakari Seiken)

Explanation of ranks

  • 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.

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