Asian eating challenges and contests category

Max Suzuki ate 451 bowls of noodles in 10 minutes to set a contest record at the all Japan wanko soba championship in Morioka, Japan. The typical contest duration is 15 minutes, but he was given a 5 minute handicap due to being a professional.
Sam Thurman reported that Takeru Kobayashi was on his flight to Japan, so he might have returned his home country for good. The six-time Nathan's champion announced earlier that he was moving to Kyoto due to high New York City rent.
Hentgee Lim has an article in medium.com about pretending to be a college friend of Keigo Kirino, who passed away due to choking in a rice ball eating contest, and interviewing his family.

Takeru Kobayashi apparently returning to Japan

It appears Takeru Kobayashi will be moving to Kyoto, Japan due to high New York City rent. He recently posted a picture of moving boxes on his twitter. Another tweet has the following automatic translation:

By the time you find a Kyoto townhouse you want to live in
And
For the time being, the room That Maggie decided to live in
In a room as small as New York,
Less than one-third of the rent
I feel like I’m being made a fool of by NY.

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Daily Mail reports that Subhash Yadav passed away after being challenged by his friend to eat 50 eggs in Uttar Pradesh, India. Doctors ruled that his death was due to complications from overeating.
Taiwan News reports (in English) that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appeared in the lastest video by food challenger Chien Tsu to discuss the new Southbound Policy and Vietnamese meals. "Chien Chien" became famous after competing for the Taiwanese team for the Japanese program "Battle of the Big Eaters" in 2016 and currently has 1.23 million subscribers to her youtube channel.
Guinness World Records has an article about Saudi food challenger Hussain Sallam creating a 600kg serving of Sayadieh, a traditional Middle Eastern dish. He has over three million subscribers to his youtube channel.
A movie about Indian competitive eater Theeta Rappai (not in English, no subtitles) can be viewed on youtube.
The Japan Times has a article about female ōgui eaters titled "Japan's insatiable appetite for watching strangers binge eat" mentioning Yuka Kinoshita, Angela Sato and Moeno Azuki.
Sarah Ow of Singapore has started a youtube channel. Her first video is a buffet destruction with Zermatt Neo.
MetropolisJapan has an interview with Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran about his fitness regimen.
Unscrambled.sg reports that a Japanese woman passed away last week after choking during the "Onigiri challenge", an attempt at eating a rice ball without drinking in under 30 seconds. The incident was livestreamed on her youtube channel. (translated Korean article).
Chien Shu of the Taiwanese "Battle of the Big Eaters" team has surpassed a million subscribers to her youtube channel.
The National Library of Israel has an post about an eating contest held in Tel Aviv in 1953 which took place during a time of austerity and food rationing.
CNN has an article and video about the wanko soba noodle eating challenge available at restaurants in Morioka, Japan. The record is 570 small bowls.
Japanese competitive eater Moe Azuki finished a 192 ounce steak at Ward's House of Prime in Milwaukee. I think this is the most steak eaten by a woman in one session other than Molly Schuyler.
The Wall Street Journal has an article about the South Korean government's plans to regulate Mukbang videos, which it claims are contributing to a rise in obesity levels. (Access via a Google News query to bypass the paywall).
Zermatt Neo produced a video of his attempt to eat a 12 pound blue turkey.
Daily Mail has a report on a pepper eating contest held in Yichun, China where the competitors were immersed in a hot spring filled with the vegetable to be consumed. Yi Huan ate 20 peppers in a minute to win the contest and received a gold bar and title of "Chilli Queen".
Indian food challenger Sanket Sankpal offers 7 tips for competitive eaters in an interview in Vice Asia. His youtube channel, Wake N Bite, has over 200,000 subscribers.
Business Insider has an article about a recent video by Yuka Kinoshita where she eats 9kg of food from Singaporean restaurants totaling 14,000 calories.
Hurriet Daily News reports that Ceren Yilmaz ate 315 shish kebabs in 46 minutes to regain her record at a restaurant in Antalya, Turkey.
The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Ceren Yilmaz ate 255 shish kebabs in 23 minutes to win a contest held at a restaurant in Kepez, Turkey. After the competition, her weight increased to 47kg (103.4 lbs.) from 40kg (88 lbs.)
On his Instagram, Joey Chestnut posted a picture of a 11 pound burger in Phuket, Thailand, which he ate in less than 20 minutes.
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