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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 ...

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 ...