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Understand Sumo, Understand Japan

Date Posted: 1999-04-10

To understand Japan, one needs to understand the basic, yet subtle, principles of sumo, one of Japan's most popular and certainly most venerable sports, an article from the on-line version of Deseret News said recently.

During a recent address before students at the University of Utah, Professor Masahiro Matsumara announced Japan uses two methods of negotiation to ensure political and economic stability.

One was the "karate approach" a "pre-emptive aggressive attack", Matsumara said, citing Pearl Harbor as an example. The "sumo approach" was more subtle, where "what you do as a good wrestler is manipulate the other person off-balance," the article quoted Matsumara as saying.

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