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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 ...

Nov 2, 2012

Inoue named Japan judo coach

Former Olympic gold medalist Kosei Inoue will take over as head coach of the men’s national judo team from Shinichi Shinohara, who has been under fire for the country’s recent string of lackluster performances, Kyodo News learned on Wednesday. A source with the All ...

Oct 29, 2012

Japan wins women's judo team title

Megumi Tachimoto scored a decisive victory over Qin Qian as Japan defeated China 3-2 to win the women’s title at the judo team world championships on Saturday. Fielding a team weakened by the absence of London Olympians, Japan took a 2-0 lead thanks to ...

Oct 21, 2012

Judoka Nakamura plans long layoff

Judoka Misato Nakamura, who failed to live up to her gold medal expectations and made an early exit in the women’s 52-kg competition at the London Olympics, will take an extended break from the sport for treatment on her left knee, judo sources said ...

Jun 3, 2012

Judoka Kunihara announces retirement

Yoriko Kunihara, a two-time world bronze medalist in the women’s 70-kg class, said Saturday she is retiring from competitive judo. Kunihara, who won bronze medals at the worlds in Tokyo in 2010 and the following year in Paris but failed to qualify for the ...

Feb 21, 2012

Judoka Suzuki falls in semifinals

Keiji Suzuki suffered a setback in his bid for a spot in the London Olympics after losing in the semifinals at the hands of unheralded Georgian Adam Okruashvili in the men’s over-100-kg class on the final day of the Judo Grand Prix Dusseldorf on ...

Feb 7, 2012

Tachimoto sisters capture judo gold

Haruka and Megumi Tachimoto struck gold at the Paris Judo Grand Slam on Sunday, winning the women’s 70-kg and 78-kg divisions, respectively. Haruka, the younger of the Tachimoto sisters and ranked fourth in the weight class, stunned France’s Lucie Decosse by decision 2-1 after ...