H.Res. 479: Honoring the contributions of Takamiyama Daigoro to Sumo and to United States-Japan relations

H.Res. 479

Honoring the contributions of Takamiyama Daigoro to Sumo and to United States-Japan relations

Date
June 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 479 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on May 21, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 479 resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Honors Takamiyama Daigoro's achievements to Sumo and his contributions to enhancing United States-Japan relations; and

•  "Encourages the international community to recognize the successes of Takamiyama Daigoro in Sumo."

 

Background

Takamiyama Daigoro was born on June 16, 1944, in Maui, Hawaii. He was the first United States-born sumo wrestler and also became the first foreigner to win the top division championship of Sumo in 1972. Upon his 1972 victory, United States Ambassador Robert Ingersoll read a congratulatory message from President Richard Nixon, marking the first time English words were spoken at a sumo tournament. Takamiyama Daigoro competed in over 1,400 matches, established numerous records, and earned many awards over his 20-year career. He is retiring on June 16, 2009, at the mandatory retirement age of 65.