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Akebono Taro (曙太郎, born May 8 1969 as Chad Rowan) is a Sumo wrestler.

He was born in Hawaii and was part of the great rikishi class of 1988. On January 27, 1993, Akebono became the first non-Japanese wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in Sumo.

He retired after winnning 11 championships and became Akebono oyakata (trainer/parent) at the Azumazeki stable. In 2003, he retired from sumo entirely and is currently a K-1 wrestler in Japan.