Then French President Jacques Chirac, right, meets Sumo World Champion Dohgorsuren Dagvadorj, known as Yakuzona in Japan, at the Elysee Palace in 2007. Photo: EPA

Shiraku! Japan mourns Jacques Chirac, late French president and sumo superfan

  • For many in Japan, the charismatic former statesman will be remembered less for his Iraq war opposition than his abiding love for the sport of sumo
  • He helped organise the first sumo tournament in Paris, bringing wrestlers to the French capital in 1986 and then again in 1995
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Then French President Jacques Chirac, right, meets Sumo World Champion Dohgorsuren Dagvadorj, known as Yakuzona in Japan, at the Elysee Palace in 2007. Photo: EPA
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