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Can Sumo survive? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. Only last week, the Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa was forced to retire after assaulting a junior wrestler on the winter tour. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never before.
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