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Asashoryu calls Korean journalist ‘kimchi bastard’

January 14th, 2006 . by Matt

Plain speaking sumo legend

This news is a couple of years old, but I dont think it has been reported before in English. Legendary Mongolian sumo wrestler Asashoryu called a overly obstinate Korean journalist a ‘kimchi bastard’. The Korean journalist had just freshly arrived in Japan from Korea.

In taking questions from journalists, the conversation with the Korean journalist went like this –

Korean journalist: “Grand champion, you like chanko hotpot? Dont you eat kimchi?”
Asashoryu: “Yes, I like it. I dont eat kimchi”
Korean journalist: “Kimchi is a superior foodstuff that is very good for the body, and the more you eat it, the healthier you become”
Asashoryu: “Like I said, I dont eat it”
Korean journalist: “Eating kimchi can prevent SARS, so even Mongolians like you have to eat it”
Asashoryu: “Annoying… Kimchi bastard”
Korean journalist: “Has the racial discrimination in Japan been terrible?”
Asashoryu: “No, there wasnt any particularly”
Korean journalist: “You dont have to hide it. What kind of discrimination did you face?”
Asashoryu: “No, I told you there wasnt any particularly”
Korean journalist: “particularly? That means there was some discrimination, right? What kind of discrimination?”
Asashoryu: “Look, im telling you there was none! Kimchi bastard!”

A poll was taken on the Japanese version of the Korean news site, Joins, to ask who was wrong, Asashoryu or the Korean journalist.


98% of respondents thought that the Korean journalist was wrong.

This is so funny. It is obvious that this Korean journalist has no idea how Korean ethnocentrism is percieved by non Koreans, and it is also interesting that he had already formed anti Japanese views before he arrived in Japan. I wonder how he did that. I think that the Korean journalists line of questioning was far more offensive than the words the questioning resulted in.

17 Responses to “Asashoryu calls Korean journalist ‘kimchi bastard’”

  1. comment number 1 by: darintenb

    Too funny… I like the poll too.. However I fear that you may have made the poll known and it will suddenly be bombarded with votes to “stuff the ballot box” in the next few hours.

  2. comment number 2 by: darintenb

    Apparently Asashoryu wasn’t happy with this reporter from before.


    As it is customary in Mongolia to keep family affairs secret for a while, Asashoryu asked the media to not report on the birth of his child but this Korean reporter did any way…

    Nice guy…

  3. comment number 3 by: chonko

    This is awesome! Asashoryu just rose up to rank of my favorite sumo wrestler! I love it when Koreans get their own obnoxious, stupid, childish, arrogant and insecure antics shoved back in their face.

    “kimchi bastard” (キムチ野郎)….LOL! 朝青龍は最高!

  4. comment number 4 by: takeshima

    Five people thought that the Corean was right. That means that two ethnic Corean were polled and they have vote with their blood and three people probally mis-understood the question.

  5. comment number 5 by: nig

    He’ll be sorry he didn’t eat it when is is struck down by the mutated mixture of bird flu, SARS and AIDS that Dr. Hwang is genetically modifying in his lab as we speak.

  6. comment number 6 by: tomato

    It is interesting that the news indicated by Matt says:


    Translation: What Asashoryu said is so rude that it may even become an international issue.

    This is typical of the Japanese media to be too afraid to speak up against the Koreans, no matter how rude they are. Actually, talking about Chosen-jin (Koreans) is a taboo in Japan, at least until recently.

  7. comment number 7 by: chonko

    Tomato, I agree. Koreans are allowed to get away with anything be it stealing, cheating, murder, rude racist comments, etc. They feel like they have impunity from anything because they play that “oh 20% of our country 70 years ago were victims so in this modern day in age, we can kidnap your citizens, insult your culture and people, post filthy disgusting tactless internet sites about your country, start counterfeiting rings in your country, and do whatever we damn please and you better not complain about it.”

    It’s about time the Japanese media grew some balls and tell these ugly Koreans to go stick it where the sun don’t shine. They have a tendency to get more obnoxious and annoying when left alone…just like mildew in the bathroom.

  8. comment number 8 by: kenji808

    Yeah this story just proves how some Koreans act in a ridiculous manner. I even have a Korean friend who said she read thru your site and said that “I dont have much against u (japanese peeps) but u guys did some fuked up stuff back then.” I just stood there….-_- ok?? I mean kids my age (18) still hold these grudges even though my family was put in internment camps and nobody in my family was a participant on the Japanese side during the war. I know this is going a little off topic but I thought it related. Some Koreans are just ridiculous. Keyword “some”…I dont want some troll to flame me.

  9. comment number 9 by: darintenb

    But since that’s the way ‘some’ Koreans act, doesn’t it make sense that this could easily become a huge international problem? So the media would be correct in it’s result, I just disagree with were it places the blame…

  10. comment number 10 by: chonko

    Keyword “some”…I dont want some troll to flame me.

    kenji808….dude, I feel for you. You don’t want a Korean troll flaming you? Good luck. That is what they are born to do. Asking a Korean not to flame you is like asking an auctioneer not to talk, or a referee not to use a whistle.

  11. comment number 11 by: Redskins84

    “Kimchi is a superior foodstuff that is very good for the body, and the more you eat it, the healthier you become”

    Made himself look like a retard. Gotta know the limit of your nationalism pride

    “Look, im telling you there was none! Kimchi bastard!”
    Gotta control yourself from calling racial name. How would you feel if I called you a “Sushi Bastard”. Mr.tummy

  12. comment number 12 by: Redskins84

    Don’t worry about kimchi Mr. Asashoryu. You’re gonna die early anyways.

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  14. comment number 14 by: darintenb

    Redskins84: It would make no sense to call him a sushi bastard since he’s not Japanese. That’s the whole point here see, he’s a foreigner in Japan, and a journalist was insisting that he had to have had problems with racism in Japan as a foreigner.
    It’s also kind of ironic that your name is “red skins” and you’re telling someone to be careful about be racist…. I’m going to assume that you like the football team, but their has been talk about that name not being appropriate on many occasions before.

  15. comment number 15 by: Redskins84

    I know “redskins” is kind a racist name. All right. That sumo wrestler’s mongolian. RIght? HOw about mogolian barbecue bastard?

  16. comment number 16 by: Redskins84

    Mongolia and Korea might be united nation in the future. But that bastard must die first!!!

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