/ Mar 24, 2013

Osaka coach whose abuse led to suicide faces charges

The case of the Osaka high school basketball coach accused of physically punishing players so harshly that one committed suicide has been turned over to prosecutors. According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, former Sakuranomiya High School teacher Hajime Komura, 47, who coached the basketball ...

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents

Feb 19, 2013

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents


Yokozuna Harumafuji on Monday condemned the recent incidents of corporal punishment that have shocked Japanese society, but insisted parents must take responsibility for ensuring their children are able to stand up for themselves. In December, an Osaka high school student committed suicide after suffering ...

/ Feb 2, 2013

Women's judo coach resigns over abuse of athletes

Ryuji Sonoda, head coach of the national women’s judo team, submitted his letter of resignation Friday to the All Japan Judo Federation to take responsibility for physically abusing team members during practice. The federation initially had planned to simply reprimand Sonoda and retain him ...

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

/ Feb 1, 2013

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Women’s judo coach Ryuji Sonoda announced Thursday that he plans to resign in light of allegations that he physically abused members of the Olympic team during training. “It will be difficult for me to go any further with the training of the team,” Sonoda ...