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Ebinuma captures gold for Japan at judo worlds

Aug 28, 2013

Ebinuma captures gold for Japan at judo worlds

Masashi Ebinuma won all six of his bouts by ippon in the 66-kg division en route to giving Japan its second men’s gold medal of the judo world championships on Tuesday. The 2011 world champion put on a master class in Rio de Janeiro ...

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Aug 27, 2013

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Young judoka hopeful Naohisa Takato delivered his country’s first gold medal of the world championships on Monday. The 20-year-old took the men’s-60 kg title beating Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa in the final and proved the perfect riposte to a Mongolian having denied one of his ...

Aug 6, 2013

New judo chief to be chosen next week

The All Japan Judo Federation said Tuesday it will select its new chairman at an extraordinary board meeting next week. Chairman Haruki Uemura last week announced his intention to resign by the end of the month to take responsibility for the physical abuse of ...

Jun 26, 2013

Calls for judo chief Uemura's dismissal come from council members

In a direct challenge to Haruki Uemura, the embattled All Judo Federation Chairman who insists on staying the course despite calls for him to resign, members of its regional council have proposed discussing his dismissal. The AJJF has agreed to reconvene a council meeting ...

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Jun 25, 2013

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Haruki Uemura, the beleaguered chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, hinted Monday he is willing to step down from his post in the coming months after the completion of his mission to reform the scandal-tainted body. “I stated in my opening remarks to ...

May 13, 2013

Shichinohe defends over 100-kg judo title

Ryu Shichinohe vanquished Daiki Kamikawa in the men’s over 100-kg final to defend the title at the All Japan invitational weight class championships on Sunday. The 24-year-old Shichinohe, an Okinawa native whose mother hails from Belgium and father is Japanese, defeated Kamikawa by ippon ...

Asami collects first title at All-Japan invitational

May 12, 2013

Asami collects first title at All-Japan invitational

Haruna Asami scored an ippon victory against Tamami Yamazaki in the women’s 48-kg final to capture her first title at the All-Japan invitational weight class championships on Saturday. London Olympic silver medalist Riki Nakaya won his second consecutive title at 73 kg at the ...

Apr 29, 2013

Former world judo champ Anai to retire

Former world champion Takamasa Anai said Sunday he will draw the curtain on his career after competing in the men’s under 100-kg category in Monday’s All Japan Judo Championship at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan. Anai, who crashed out in a second-round match to see his ...

Apr 23, 2013

Judo coach gives thumbs up to Ogata

Japan women’s judo coach Mitsutoshi Nanjo offered praise on Monday to 22-year-old Akari Ogata, who claimed her first title at the All Japan Women’s Judo Championship by beating heavyweight Megumi Tachimoto the previous day. “It is exciting to see a young wrestler perform that ...