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Mar 27, 2013

Ex-judo gold medalist Yamashita selected to spearhead efforts to end abuse

Former Olympic gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita will assume the responsibility for eradicating abuse within the All Japan Judo Federation, the body decided Tuesday. At an extraordinary session of the federation’s board of directors, Yamashita was appointed to take charge of the federation’s “declaration to ...

Mar 15, 2013

Tanabe to be named women's judo head coach

Masaru Tanabe, the acting head coach of the Japanese women’s judo team, will be promoted to the job on a full-time basis, the All Japan Judo Federation said Thursday. The appointment of the 40-year-old Tanabe will be ratified at the federation’s board meeting on ...

Mar 5, 2013

Judo coaches changed minds over planned resignations

Japan’s acting head coach of the women’s judo team and two assistants, who were planning to quit in a show of protest, decided to stay on Monday after the All Japan Judo Federation suggested it would lift reprimands issued to them in connection with ...

Feb 27, 2013

JOC tackles in-depth interrogation of female judoka

The Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday it has debriefed at least 11 of the 15 female judo wrestlers who lodged a joint complaint accusing their former coach of physical and verbal violence. JOC executive member Yosuke Fujiwara said the interviews of the women, which ...

Feb 15, 2013

All Japan Judo Federation establishes advisory committee

The All Japan Judo Federation announced on Thursday the formation of a third-party advisory committee to handle crisis management in the wake of a whistle-blowing scandal in which 15 top female judo wrestlers accused their former coach of physical and verbal abuse. Haruo Kasama, ...

Legendary judo teacher Fukuda dies at 99

Feb 12, 2013

Legendary judo teacher Fukuda dies at 99

Keiko Fukuda, the first woman to earn a ninth-dan ranking in judo from the Kodokan, died at her home in San Francisco on Saturday at the age of 99. Born in April 1913, Fukuda’s grandfather was a practitioner of jujutsu and one of the ...

Nov 12, 2012

Asami picks up third Kodokan Cup victory

Two-time world champion Haruna Asami defeated Miri Toda to win the women’s 48-kilogram final at the All-Japan judo weight-class championships on Sunday. Asami, who missed out on a spot at the London Olympics this past summer despite winning her second consecutive world title, won ...

Nov 6, 2012

Inoue appointed men's judo coach

Kosei Inoue has been named as coach of the Japan men’s judo team, the All Japan Judo Federation announced Monday, while Ryuji Sonoda has been kept on as women’s coach. Inoue, the 100-kg gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, replaces Shinichi Shinohara, whose ...