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Ex-sumo champ wants to become bridge between Mongolia, Japan

Wrestler-turned-entrepreneur seeks stronger ties to counterbalance Russia, China

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Dagvadorj during his days as sumo grand champion Asashoryu in 2008.   © Reuters

ULAANBAATAR -- A former sumo grand champion from Mongolia hopes to parlay his fame in Japan into closer relations between the two countries, a goal dovetailing with the new president's aim of diversifying a landlocked economy reliant on far larger neighbors.

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