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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 ...

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 ...